WILMINGTON, Delaware (June 7, 2012) – Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
has recognized 35 Richards, Layton & Finger attorneys for excellence in seven areas of law, far more lawyers than any other Delaware firm. In addition, the firm received Chambers’ highest ranking in Delaware in the areas of Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities, and Real Estate. In its commentary, Chambers reported that Richards Layton was “commended across the board by clients, peers and out-of-state co-counsel firms,” particularly noting "its unparalleled level of client service."
With eight firm directors listed in Band 1, Chambers ranked more Richards Layton lawyers in its highest band than from any other Delaware firm. In addition, R. Franklin Balotti and Jesse A. Finkelstein are honored as “Senior Statesmen” in both Chancery and Corporate/M&A, and Mark D. Collins, ranked in Bankruptcy/Restructuring, is designated a “Star Individual,” one of only four lawyers in Delaware to receive that distinction.
The bankruptcy category also includes Daniel J. DeFranceschi, Paul N. Heath, John H. Knight, Russell C. Silberglied, and Robert J. Stearn Jr. Ranked on Chambers’ Chancery list are Catherine G. Dearlove, Raymond J. DiCamillo, Anne C. Foster, Gregory V. Varallo, and Gregory P. Williams. C. Stephen Bigler, Donald A. Bussard, Mark J. Gentile, and William J. Haubert are named in the Corporate/M&A category. On the Corporate/Alternative Entities list are Paul M. Altman, Doneene K. Damon, Bernard J. Kelley, Gregory W. Ladner, James G. Leyden Jr., Eric A. Mazie, Mark V. Purpura, and Srinivas M. Raju. Frederick L. Cottrell III and Jeffrey L. Moyer are ranked in Chambers’ Intellectual Property category. Jennifer C. Jauffret is named in Labor & Employment, and Daniel L. Klein and Robert J. Krapf are listed in Real Estate. Anne Shea Gaza, Michael J. Merchant, and John Mark Zeberkiewicz are named “Up and Coming” attorneys, and Lori A. Brewington and Sara T. Toner are recognized as “Associates to Watch.”
To compile the rankings for Chambers USA
, independent researchers carried out thousands of in-depth interviews with clients and lawyers to assess business lawyers across the country. The lawyers are ranked according to technical ability, professional conduct, client service, business acumen, diligence, and other qualities valued by clients.
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Since 1990, Chambers and Partners has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession, providing independent rankings and editorial commentary. Chambers identifies and ranks the world’s best lawyers after in-depth, unbiased research conducted by a team of highly qualified and experienced researchers. Inclusion in the Chambers guide is based solely on the research team’s findings.