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Lori Smith, Editor

Lori Smith is chair of the emerging companies & venture capital practice and is an active participant in the firm’s health law and mergers and acquisitions groups. Lori has been a trusted adviser to foreign and domestic companies for over 30 years, ranging from startups to large corporations, including entrepreneurs and angel, venture capital, and private equity investors. She represents public and private companies in the negotiation of mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, equity and debt financings, private placements, strategic alliances, partnerships and joint ventures.

Lori combines her transactional experience with her traditional health care, technology and financial services industry knowledge, and a deep understanding of the nuances of the digital age. She has extensive experience representing companies from formation and growth stage through exit in a wide range of industries, including technology, media and communications, fashion and textiles, financial services, food and beverage, sports, gaming, specialty chemicals, insurance, healthcare and digital health.

A. Nicole Stover
Nicole Stover is a strategic business partner to corporate, non-profit, and executive clients in all areas of employment law, including competition and trade secrets, mergers and acquisitions, discrimination and harassment, compensation and benefits, and pandemic-related impacts.
Alycia Vivona
With two decades of experience in a broad-based corporate practice, Alycia Vivona has developed particular knowledge in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, cross-border representations and health care.
Christopher Connell
Christopher Connell is the co-chair of Stradley Ronon’s corporate and securities practice group. He focuses his practice on the representation of financial institutions, financial services businesses and other corporate clients in various industries in numerous transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, offerings of debt and equity securities (both public and private), initial public offerings and securities matters for public companies. Chris also regularly advises corporate clients of all sizes in an outside general counsel role, supporting the clients’ general corporate law, contracting and governance needs.
Daniel Pereira
Daniel Pereira concentrates his practice on bankruptcy, insolvency and related matters. Daniel advises clients on a wide array of issues, including both transactional and litigation matters. Although Daniel primarily focuses his practice on representing creditors, he also has experience representing debtors and other interested parties, particularly foreign debtors, in cross-border insolvency and restructuring proceedings.
David Fitzgibbon
David Fitzgibbon concentrates his practice on intellectual property matters, with a focus on chemical and mechanical arts. He is experienced in drafting and procuring patents, counseling clients regarding the scope and significance of their and others’ patent and IP rights, and negotiating technology-related agreements on behalf of clients.
Dean Krishna
Dean Krishna concentrates his practice on international and domestic tax matters. He advises on matters including mergers and acquisitions; private fund agreements, investments and structuring; commercial securities offerings; business restructurings; and general domestic and cross-border tax planning.
Deborah Hong
Deborah Hong is the co-chair of Stradley Ronon’s corporate and securities practice group. She focuses her practice on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, joint ventures, and corporate restructurings. She advises a number of publicly held and privately-owned companies in the technology, financial services, manufacturing and consumer products sectors. Deborah also provides corporate and strategic business counseling for a variety of clients.
Deborah Reperowitz
Deborah Reperowitz is a nationally recognized bankruptcy and commercial litigation attorney, mediator and co-chair of the firm’s bankruptcy, workouts & creditors’ rights group. Debbie has been a partner at “Biglaw” firms and served as senior vice president, chief litigation counsel at CIT Group and general counsel to a financial advisor with an excess of $20 billion under management. 
Evan Poulgrain
Evan Poulgrain concentrates his practice on corporate law, advising public and private and private companies in various corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, entity formation and corporate governance issues. 
Eric Porter
Eric Porter is a highly respected commercial litigator with extensive experience representing clients through all stages of litigation in state and federal courts.
Jennifer Gniady
Jennifer Gniady co-chairs Stradley Ronon’s nonprofit and religious organizations practice group, bringing together more than two dozen lawyers across a broad range of legal disciplines to serve these unique clients. She has spent more than 15 years counseling nonprofit organizations on how to respond to threats, solve problems and plan for the future. Her clients include charities, religious organizations, associations, schools and organizations promoting the arts, media, science and technology.
Jason Jones
Jason Jones is engaged in the practice of business law, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions of middle-market businesses; organizing and structuring corporations, limited liability companies and other business entities; and drafting and negotiating shareholders’ agreements and business contracts. 
Jeremy Miller
Jeremy Miller is a member of the firm’s business department and counsels investors, entrepreneurs and public and private companies in all aspects of their business needs
Josh Galante
Josh Galante is a member of the firm’s business department and focuses his practice on complex business combination and investment transactions.
Katherine Durr
Katherine Durr focuses her practice on structuring secured and unsecured financing, including syndicated credit facilities, acquisition financings, and asset-based and real estate loans for commercial banks, investment funds, and public and private companies.
Katrina Berishaj
Katrina Berishaj advises financial services clients, including banks, trust companies, broker-dealers, investment advisers, insurance companies and institutional investors, on issues arising under the fiduciary and prohibited transaction rules of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to financial products, services and transactions. 
Kevin Casey
Kevin Casey is co-chair of the intellectual property and chair of the IP litigation groups at Stradley Ronon and an active member of the alternative dispute resolution group. 
Kenneth Wang
Kenneth Wang uses his many years of experience in both private practice and in-house tax departments for Fortune 200 companies to counsel clients on all aspects of U.S. tax law, including mergers and acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures, fund formation, financing transactions, real estate transactions, business restructurings and reorganizations and international tax.
Lisa Jacobs
Lisa Jacobs has extensive experience representing businesses and institutions on domestic and international transactional matters. For more than 30 years, Lisa has served as an advisor to both private and public companies in a wide variety of industries on matters related to mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, institutional and private equity financings, securitization and structured finance and corporate governance issues.
Lori Smith
Lori Smith is chair of the emerging companies & venture capital practice and is an active participant in the firm’s health law and mergers and acquisitions groups. Lori has been a trusted adviser to foreign and domestic companies for over 30 years, ranging from startups to large corporations, including entrepreneurs and angel, venture capital, and private equity investors. She represents public and private companies in the negotiation of mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, equity and debt financings, private placements, strategic alliances, partnerships and joint ventures. Lori combines her transactional experience with her traditional health care, technology and financial services industry knowledge, and a deep understanding of the nuances of the digital age. She has extensive experience representing companies from formation and growth stage through exit in a wide range of industries, including technology, media and communications, fashion and textiles, financial services, food and beverage, sports, gaming, specialty chemicals, insurance, healthcare and digital health.
Matts Batryn
Matts Batryn is a member of the firm’s business department, representing commercial banks, investment funds, private equity sponsors, non-bank lenders and public and private corporations in structuring secured and unsecured credit facilities, including acquisition financings, syndicated loans, asset-based loans, real estate secured transactions and debtor-in-possession facilities.
Megan Stamm
Megan Stamm focuses her practice on corporate law, representing clients on a broad range of matters, including complex acquisitions, regulatory compliance, entity formations and governance issues.
Melissa Perry
Melissa Perry is an experienced litigator and strategic problem solver who represents corporate and institutional clients in all types of litigation, including employment and labor, complex commercial, government investigations, and appellate matters.
Peter Bogdasarian
Peter Bogdasarian serves as Chief Privacy Officer for the firm, and is responsible for protecting the firm’s data – including information received from our clients – from unauthorized access. He also counsels clients in connection with data privacy and cyber security-related issues. Peter also provides advice to clients in connection with inquiries, investigations, and enforcement actions initiated by government agencies and self-regulatory organizations as well as general litigation matters.
Peter Brockmeyer
Peter Brockmeyer represents commercial banks, investment funds, private equity sponsors, non-bank lenders and public and private corporations in structuring secured and unsecured credit facilities, including acquisition financings, syndicated loans, asset-based loans, real estate-secured transactions, and debtor-in-possession facilities.
Peter Hong
Peter Hong is co-chair of the firm’s derivatives & commodities practice group and uses his many years of service at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to guide clients through the various regulatory requirements involved in the offer of financial services and products. 
Philip Foret
Philip Foret works closely with clients to develop strategies aligned with their business goals across the full range of intellectual property matters, including IP counseling and opinions, freedom-to-operate studies, due diligence, worldwide portfolio development, trademark clearance and dispute resolution and copyrights.
Randy Friedberg
With two decades of experience in a broad-based corporate practice, Alycia Vivona has developed particular knowledge in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, cross-border representations and health care. 
Samuel Gray
Samuel Gray focuses his practice on corporate transactions, representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, commercial loan transactions, securities law compliance and general corporate matters.
Steven Scolari
Steve provides practical and strategic legal and business advice to executives and owners of both private and public businesses in connection with a variety of transactional matters, as well as business succession planning engagements, in a wide scope of industries. Those transactions include mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, joint ventures and corporate restructurings.
Thomas Hanley
Thomas Hanley focuses his practice on advising public and private companies on corporate and securities law issues, including capital-raising transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, SEC compliance and corporate litigation. Tom also counsels management, in-house counsel, boards of directors, board committees and investors on fiduciary duty issues, takeover defense, proxy contests/contested elections and related issues.
Thomas Ix
Thomas Ix focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, contract negotiations and general corporate matters. Tom has extensive experience in middle-market mergers, stock acquisitions, and asset transactions. He represents clients in a variety of industry sectors, including manufacturing, distribution, financial service, plastic packaging, recycling, outdoor advertising and specialty chemicals.

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