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Schnader Names Six New Partners

On April 3, 2008 by Schnader in Finance

Caroline M. Brobeil
Public Relations Manager
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP


April 3, 2008 – Philadelphia & Pittsburgh, PA – Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is pleased to announce that six associates have been elected to partnership effective March 1, 2008.  In the Philadelphia office, the Firm’s new partners are Michael J. Barrie, Business Services – Financial Services; Vincent A. LaMonaca, Litigation Services – Products Liability; Han Nguyen, Litigation Services – Business Litigation; Joseph P. Santoro, Business Services – Real Estate; Ronald J. Ventola II, Business Services – Intellectual Property; and, in Schnader Pittsburgh, S. Elaine Diedrich, Litigation Services – Labor & Employment. 

“It is my pleasure to announce the election of these six outstanding professionals to partner,” said Ralph Wellington, Chairman.  “Each one is already a great asset to the firm, and every member of the group not only possesses exceptional legal skill and sound judgment, but also the dedication to finding genuine, meaningful solutions for our clients.  It is an exciting and proud moment as they each take the next step in their legal career.”

Michael J. Barrie’s practice centers on financial services, with emphasis on bankruptcies, workouts, business reorganizations, distressed debt situations for both creditors and debtors, and real estate related litigation.  He frequently litigates in both federal and state courts, including bankruptcy court, representing lenders, servicers, management companies, landlords, secured and unsecured creditors, and debtors. He served as an extern for the Honorable Joel B. Rosen, U.S. District Court of New Jersey.  Mr. Barrie received his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Camden in 2000, and received a B.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1997. 

Vincent A. LaMonaca’s practice includes financial services litigation, insurance recovery and defense, and products liability.  He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in various commercial litigation matters at the trial level; these matters include trade secret disputes, bad faith insurance claims, class actions and air crash cases.  Mr. LaMonaca attended the Joint Degree Program in Law and Psychology offered by Villanova and MCP Hahnemann Universities, and received an M.A. from MCP Hahnemann University in 1997, and graduated cum laude from Villanova University School of Law in 1998.  While at Villanova Law, he was a member of the Order of the Coif.  He completed a graduate clinical psychology internship for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.   He is also a 1992 cum laude graduate of Villanova University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Mr. LaMonaca is a classically trained pianist who has been involved with various community music and theater organizations.

Han Nguyen concentrates his practice in general commercial litigation and has experience in large and complex litigation, construction litigation, professional malpractice matters, breach of contract, insurance coverage disputes, dissolution of partnerships and real estate litigation.  Representative matters include serving as litigation counsel for several real estate developers currently developing property in the City of Philadelphia, ranging from undeveloped land disputes to the development of a high rise luxury condominium in Center City; and, serving as counsel for local investment advice and portfolio management company in prosecution of non-compete and non-solicitation matter.  He received his J.D. from the James E. Beasley School of Law of Temple University in 2000, and received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997.

Joseph P. Santoro focuses his practice on real estate matters, and serves a wide range of institutional, private and public-sector clients, including developers, lenders, property owners, brokers, contractors, landlords, tenants, asset managers, REITs and other investors. As a result, Mr. Santoro handles a multitude of issues pertaining to the sale, purchase, lease and financing of commercial, industrial and residential real estate. Mr. Santoro also has experience representing start-up organizations and individual entrepreneurs in the early stages of growing their business.  He graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a B.S. in Accounting in 1997, and went on to receive his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 2000.  He went on to receive an LL.M. in Taxation from the James E. Beasley School of Law of Temple University in 2001. 

Ronald J. Ventola II focuses his practice on intellectual property law, and his work includes counseling clients, obtaining protection, and litigating disputes under the laws governing patents, trademarks, and trade secrets.  He has significant depth in a variety of industries, as his work has spanned a wide assortment of matters, including technologies related to automobile detailing, wetlands restoration, surgical training and instruction, pest control, computer software for designing complex engineering systems, and construction.  Additionally, he has registered trademarks and copyrights, including copyrights for computer software embodying trade secrets, and has aided clients in licensing patents and know-how.  His litigation experience includes cases involving allegations of patent infringement, trademark counterfeiting and infringement (including cybersquatting), copyright infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets.  Mr. Ventola graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S.M.E. in mechanical engineering in 1992, and went on to receive his J.D. from the Paul M. Herbert Law Center of Louisiana State University in 1995.   

S. Elaine Diedrich, a member of the Firm’s Litigation Services department, has significant defense litigation experience in employment and commercial litigation matters and has litigated cases before state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.   She assists employers with all types of employment claims, including sexual harassment, disability, race and age-based discrimination, wrongful discharge, and whistleblower claims.   She also assists employers in business competition litigation, including obtaining temporary restraining orders and injunctions to protect confidential employer information and enforcement of non-compete agreements.  She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1999 and of Miami University, B.A., 1995.