Stradley Attorneys Named Philadelphia Lawyers Of The Year

Monday, January 16, 2012 - 16:38

Stradley Ronon attorneys Kevin R. Casey and Bennett G. Picker were named Best Lawyers’ 2012 Philadelphia “Lawyers of the Year” in patent law and arbitration, respectively. The 2012 Best Lawyers in America is based on an exhaustive peer-review of legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers’ “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

“We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession,” said Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers. “We would like to congratulate Kevin Casey and Ben Picker on their accomplishments.”

In addition, 20 Stradley Ronon attorneys were named to the recently released 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.

As senior counsel at Stradley Ronon’s Philadelphia office, Mr. Picker is a full-time mediator and arbitrator. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and a Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. Mr. Picker serves on the panels of the American Arbitration Association and the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. He is also the author of Mediation Practice Guide: A Handbook For Resolving Business Disputes (Second Edition), published in 2003 by the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Casey is chair of the intellectual property (IP) group and co-chair of both the alternative dispute resolution and the IP litigation groups at Stradley Ronon. He has counseled clients for more than a quarter century in all aspects of the IP field. He is former president of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, the Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court, and the Philadelphia IP Law Association, and is currently a member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates. He has taught IP courses at Temple University School of Law as an adjunct professor since 1995 and has authored numerous papers on IP issues.


Douglas Grimm, a leading health care lawyer and former senior health care industry executive, has joined Stradley Ronon as the head of the firm’s health care practice. Grimm previously served as the chair of the healthcare fraud & abuse practice group at Pillsbury Winthrop.

Mr. Grimm advises health systems, hospitals, managed care companies, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and physician organizations on a wide variety of federal and state regulatory matters, including fraud and abuse, health information privacy, licensure and insurance issues. He also has extensive experience in representing health care clients in various transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and managed care contracting. Grimm is a frequent writer and presenter on health care compliance and reform issues.

Prior to entering law practice, Mr. Grimm served as chief operating officer of multiple acute care hospitals throughout the United States and remains active as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), the premier credential in health care management. This unique background allows him to provide clients with a practical, pragmatic perspective gained from a decade of experience as a health care executive. Grimm is one of only four law firm attorneys certified in the United States.Stradley Ronon’s health care practice group consists of an integrated, interdisciplinary team of lawyers with deep experience representing clients in all aspects of the health care industry, including regulatory and compliance, health information privacy and security, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, government investigations, tax-exempt organizations, litigation and medical malpractice, employment and benefits, and intellectual property.

Based in the firm’s Washington office, Mr. Grimm is the fourth lawyer from a top 100 firm to join Stradley Ronon’s business practice in the past 12 months, and the fourth to join the firm’s Washington office in that time.


Stradley Ronon has admitted three attorneys to the firm’s partnership: Fabio Battaglia and Christopher Rosenbleeth from the firm’s Philadelphia office; and Rachel Tausend from the firm’s Washington office.

As a member of the firm’s investment management/mutual funds group, Mr.. Battaglia focuses his practice on counseling investment companies and investment advisers in connection with various regulatory, compliance and transactional issues. He assists clients with a variety of investment management and securities law matters and also has extensive experience dealing with multi-manager and sub-advised mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and closed-end funds. He is a frequent speaker on ETF-related topics.

As a member of the firm’s mergers and acquisition, finance and restructuring and real estate practice groups, Mr. Rosenbleeth represents lenders and borrowers in commercial finance transactions and commercial real estate finance transactions. He also represents the firm’s clients in general corporate and real estate matters. Mr. Rosenbleeth has published several articles and given lectures on a range of topics including negotiation of loan documents, junior/senior participation agreements and “single asset real estate” debtors under the bankruptcy code.

As a member of the firm’s securities enforcement and litigation practice groups, Mr. Tausend represents and counsels investment companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers and individuals in connection with inquiries, investigations and enforcement actions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, state regulators and industry self-regulatory organizations. She also conducts internal investigations and represents clients in a variety of industries in private securities litigation and other legal disputes. Mr. Tausend is co-chair of Stradley Ronon’s e-discovery task force.