WILMINGTON, Delaware (October 5, 2011) – Best Lawyers has named six Richards, Layton & Finger attorneys, Mark D. Collins, James G. Leyden Jr., W. Donald Sparks II, Allen Terrell Jr., Robert W. Whetzel and Gregory P. Williams, as “Wilmington, DE Best Lawyers of the Year” for 2012. Best Lawyers identifies outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers evaluate their professional peers. The lawyers named as Lawyers of the Year have received exceptionally high ratings in the Best Lawyers surveys for their abilities, professionalism and integrity. Only one lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the Lawyer of the Year.
Collins, named Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year, chairs Richards Layton’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department and represents debtors, institutional lenders, creditors’ committees and acquirers in national chapter 11 cases. Leyden, Securitization and Structured Finance Law Lawyer of the Year, focuses on a wide variety of matters involving Delaware limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships, statutory trusts and corporations. Sparks, named Tax Law Lawyer of the Year, heads the firm’s Tax Group and represents large banks and trust companies and high net worth individuals in sophisticated estate planning and fiduciary matters. Terrell, Litigation - Trusts & Estates Lawyer of the Year, represents a broad range of national and international clients, counseling them on issues involving Delaware law and litigating business disputes on their behalf in Delaware’s state and federal courts. Whetzel, named Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year, handles a wide range of business and commercial litigation matters, with an emphasis on environmental, technology and intellectual property disputes. Williams, Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year, advises corporations, their directors and officers, and represents them in courts in Delaware and across the country.
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