25 Young Conaway Attorneys Listed As "Leaders in their Field" in Chambers USA for 2014

May 23, 2014Press Release


Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP is pleased to announce that 25 of the firm’s attorneys are listed as “Leaders in their Field” in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Chambers USA ranks leading law firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. Their research is in-depth and client focused and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the United States and worldwide.

We invite you to read the client comments below, or you can visit the Chambers USA web site at the following link: http://www.chambersandpartners.com/guide/usa/5/12233/1.


Chambers USA researchers note that in the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Delaware, Young Conaway is “[o]ne of the best bankruptcy practices in Delaware, focusing on a range of Chapter 11, debtor and company-side work, as well as creditors' committee matters. Also handles out-of-court reorganizations for a range of public and private companies”. A client noted, “When I have my most difficult and challenging matters, they are my number one firm. They have their finger on the pulse, they have all the information at any given time. They are up to date on the law."

Practitioners listed in the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Delaware include: James Patton, known as "dean of the bankruptcy practice"; Robert Brady "’can do it all’ in bankruptcy”; Pauline Morganelicits much praise from the market” for her “sound judgment and ability to ‘get the job done’”; Michael Nestor, “recognized for his fine advocacy skills and solution-oriented approach“; Edwin Harron, noted for his work on behalf of mass tort future claimants' representatives; Edmon Morton, described as a "[v]ery strong attorney"; Joel Waite, regarded as a ‘go-to guy’ for debtor-in-possession financing”; Blake Cleary, "knowledgeable and pragmatic"; and Ryan Bartley, known for his “disciplined and hard-working approach to matters”.

Chambers USA describes Young Conaway’s Chancery: Delaware team as “[h]igh-caliber” with a “deep knowledge of merger and acquisition litigation, class actions, proxy contests and shareholder disputes.” Clients say that the “firm combines strong substantive legal knowledge and skills with a valuable insider's perspective on the Delaware bench and Bar."

Highlighted practitioners include David McBride for his "excellent ability to connect with judges and craft appropriate arguments"; Bruce Silverstein whose "judgment is spot on”; Martin Lessner, revered for his "knowledge about procedural rules in the Court of Chancery"; and Rolin Bissell, noted for his "very persuasive intellectual approach”.

Young Conaway is also recognized by Chambers USA for Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities: Delaware. The team is “[h]ighly regarded for its corporate disputes strengths”. In addition to his corporate litigation work, the “extremely personableDavid McBride also advises clients on fiduciary obligations and corporate governance matters. Norman Powell is often recommended for alternative entity and securities matters and for his knowledge regarding uniform commercial code work.

Chambers USA calls Young Conaway’s Intellectual Property: Delaware team “strong” and “extremely professional”. Adam Poff is praised for his “superb” analytic capabilities. He is also known for negotiating with “amazing balance and composure”.

Clients tell Chambers USA that Young Conaway’s Labor & Employment: Delaware group is “absolutely stellar. Very knowledgeable, personable and willing to go the extra mile for their clients." "They are the go-to firm for difficult, recurring and complex disputes."

Noted practitioners include Barry Willoughby, the "technically savvy" attorney who will "always put the client first"; William Bowser, who has a "deeper sense of labor and employment law than anyone else in the state"; and Scott Holt, the "consummate professional who is always prepared".

Researchers from Chambers USA describe Young Conaway’s Real Estate: Delaware and Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use: Delaware as the “[p]rominent real estate group with excellent breadth and depth”. Clients believe that the firm has a “very deep team that covers all aspects, even beyond real estate.” Others note that the team’s legal work is “impeccable”.

Key individuals include Eugene DiPrinzio, "[r]eal estate guru"; Lisa Goodman, who “excels in all areas of land use and zoning work”; Daniel Johnson, known as an “excellent lawyer”; Brent Shaffer, who is described as "very technically savvy"; John Tracey, who “maintains a fine track record acting on behalf of developers and landowners”; Stephanie Hansen, who is “particularly strong in relation to environmental concerns”; and John Kuffel, singled out as "an easy to work with attorney who offers practical solutions."


Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, one of Delaware's largest law firms, counsels and represents national, international and local clients, handling sophisticated advisory and litigation matters. The firm’s headquarters are located in downtown Wilmington, DE.