WILMINGTON, Delaware – Richards, Layton & Finger announced that six firm directors have been recognized in the third annual Lawdragon Leading Lawyers in America. Two attorneys, Donald A. Bussard and Jesse A. Finkelstein, are named among the top 500, and Paul M. Altman, R. Franklin Balotti, Mark J. Gentile and James G. Leyden are listed as finalists. Lawdragon identifies the nation’s leading attorneys through research and interviews, choosing from 20,000 lawyers nominated by their peers and the Lawdragon editorial staff.
Bussard, senior member of the corporate department’s transactional group, advises corporations and boards of directors in connection with mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, stockholder issues and corporate governance matters. Finkelstein, also a member of the firm’s corporate department, provides corporate governance and transactional advice and represents corporate and individual clients in complex, high-stakes litigation. Both Bussard and Finkelstein are named in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, Lawdragon 500 Dealmakers in America, Delaware Super Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.
Altman, chair of the firm’s business department, focuses on LLCs and partnerships in connection with the formation of private equity investment funds. Also in the business department, Leyden concentrates on the organization, structuring and operation of LLCs and partnerships with regard to structured finance transactions and private equity investment funds. Balotti, who practices in the firm’s corporate department, assists corporations and directors in litigation, transactions and corporate governance matters. A member of the corporate department’s advisory group, Gentile provides advice in connection with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations and corporate governance issues. Altman, Balotti, Gentile and Leyden are all listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
About the Firm
Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. provides legal services to its clients in Delaware, the U.S., and throughout the world. The firm provides counsel on sophisticated financial transactions involving Delaware corporations and alternative entities, as well as advice and guidance to local clients. Richards, Layton & Finger attorneys have been leaders in cases decided in Delaware courts addressing corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, fiduciary relations, commercial and other general civil matters.
Lawdragon, the fastest-growing legal community in the world, conducts extensive research and phones thousands of legal professionals to evaluate leading lawyers. This research is combined with votes collected through online ballots to produce results that are featured in Lawdragon’s quarterly print magazines and online guides. Fewer than .01 percent of all lawyers in the U.S. are named to the prestigious Lawdragon 500 list.