25 Young Conaway Attorneys Ranked as "Leaders in their Field" in 2020 Chambers USA

April 23, 2020Press Release


WILMINGTON, DE -- 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 2020 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Chambers USA ranks leading law firms and lawyers in a wide range of practice areas. 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 may visit the Chambers USA web site at the following link: https://chambers.com/law-firm/young-conaway-stargatt-taylor-llp-usa-5:65302

Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Delaware

Chambers USA researchers note that in the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Delaware, Young Conaway maintains a “[p]remier practice of highly skilled attorneys, advising an impressive range of clients both locally and nationally across numerous industry sectors.”  The Firm has “a fantastic reputation for its work on behalf of debtors, creditors' committees and other stakeholders in Chapter 11 restructurings and out-of-court workouts.” 

Practitioners listed in the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Delaware include: Chairman of the Firm, Robert Brady who provides “expert counsel on both transactional and contentious matters” and is known as “an extremely practical consensus builder, who you can trust to find the right way to achieve the outcome you need”; Vice-Chair of the Firm, Michael Nestor who is “noted for his expert representation of private equity funds in the restructuring space” and is considered a “go-to lawyer in Delaware”; Chairman Emeritus James Patton who is believed to be “one of the best strategic thinkers…skilled and very engaged”; Pauline Morgan is rated “top notch” and deemed the “go-to attorney for debtors facing complex proceedings”; Clients note that Section Co-Chair Joseph Barry does a very good job…and is well respected” for his work with debtors' and creditors' counsel in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 filings and that Section Co-Chair Sean Beach “has a thriving practice, with extensive experience in the representation of debtor-side clients” in the retail and construction industries; Edmon Morton is known for his “capabilities in complex, large-scale reorganizations” which makes him a “strong choice for companies operating across different states”; and that Blake Cleary’s “longstanding restructuring expertise is regularly sought after by distressed companies, and is complemented by his broader experience in creditor-side mandates.”

Chancery: Delaware

Chambers USA describes Young Conaway’s Chancery: Delaware team as “well-regarded” with “high-quality attorneys” who handle a “full range of corporate and alternative entity litigation, with a specific focus on M&A disputes and fiduciary duty litigation as well as hostile takeovers and proxy contests.” 

Highlighted attorneys include: Section Chair Martin Lessner who is described as “extraordinary - a no-holds-barred litigator” for corporate clients in disputes concerning stockholders, M&A and fiduciary duties; Vice-Chair Elena Norman is recognized as an “extraordinary lawyer who is intelligent and looks for solutions for her clients” and displays “strength in merger disputes”; “truly exceptional” Rolin Bissell has “broad contentious expertise” and “notable” experience with M&A disputes, proxy contest and fiduciary duty challenges; C. Barr Flinn has “extensive experience” representing clients in complex corporate governance proceedings; and David McBride “is one of the deans of the Delaware Bar and has knowledge and sheer intelligence that is second to none” in complex litigation matters.

Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities: Delaware

Young Conaway attorney Norman Powell is again recognized by Chambers USA in the Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities: Delaware category for his practice which “covers the establishment and operation of a wide range of Delaware-specific business structures.” 

Intellectual Property: Delaware

Chambers USA researchers note that Young Conaway’s Intellectual Property: Delaware team is “well regarded” and “strong…with a number of IP litigation specialists who do great work” for both plaintiffs and defendants from the software, medical devices and pharmaceutical sectors. Clients say that the team also has the “right combination of local expertise, trial experience and patent law expertise.”

Notable practitioners in the Intellectual Property: Delaware category include: Section Co-Chair and experienced IP litigator Adam Poff whose “strengths include his knowledge of the Delaware court and the specific judges there.” He has “tremendous insight into how the judges tend to view issues that come up in patent infringement cases.” Clients also find Section Co-Chair Anne Shea Gaza to be “a terrific lawyer who understands the substantive issues in patent litigation and is also fully entrenched in the Wilmington legal scene.”

Labor & Employment: Delaware

Chambers USA researchers describe Young Conaway’s Labor & Employment: Delaware team as having a “deep bench” and a “[c]omprehensive practice” with an “excellent reputation for its expertise in discrimination and wage and hour claims.” The team is a “strong choice for class and collective action defense work as well as constitutional claims against public employers.” The attorneys also focus on restrictive covenant and noncompete matters. 

Acknowledged practitioners include: Section Co-Chair, Scott Holt; who frequently litigates trade secrets and discrimination-related matters and is “praised by peers as an ‘expert in employment law’”; Barry Willoughby has “significant experience” representing employers in contentious proceedings and advisory matters; William Bowser is the “go-to attorney for Delaware labor matters” involving complex negotiations and is considered by peers to be a “dean of the employment Bar”; and “respected” and “knowledgeable attorney” Lauren Russell represents employers in both contentious and noncontentious matters.

Real Estate: Delaware and Real Estate: Zoning and Land Use:  Delaware

Chambers USA researchers describe Young Conaway’s Real Estate: Delaware and Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use: Delaware as a “[d]istinguished group recognized for its strengths in the transactional aspects of real estate, especially the financing, refinancing and acquisition of property.”

Key individuals include: Section Chair Eugene DiPrinzio who is regarded as a “leading transactional expert who comes highly recommended for his handling of commercial property deals”; “knowledgable and friendly” Daniel Johnson is seen as “creative” and someone who “can find a solution to complex real estate problems”; Brent Shaffer is “impressively adept at high-value transactions such as construction loans and refinancings” and is considered a “go-to for complex asset-based deals”; John Kuffel is “increasingly recognized for his broad commercial real estate practice, which includes acquisitions and leasing mandates”; and John Tracey is considered “an excellent land use attorney who will try to find solutions to problems.”


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. For additional information, contact Director of Marketing and Business Development, Felicia A. Gojmerac at 302.571.6600 or [email protected].