27 Young Conaway Attorneys Ranked as "Leaders in their Field" in 2021 Chambers USA Guide

May 20, 2021Press Release


WILMINGTON, DE -- Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP is pleased to announce that 27 of the firm’s attorneys are listed as “Leaders in their Field” in the 2021 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.”  Clients describe the team as being of the “highest caliber” with a “deep bench at all levels.” “Their thoughts and advice on overarching strategic and legal matters are equally, if not more, important as their input into local Delaware rules and practices.”

Practitioners listed in the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Delaware include: Chairman of the Firm, Robert Brady, “a top-notch restructuring lawyer” who has “seen and done it all five times over and has the right temperament to be able to keep the train on the tracks”; Vice-Chair of the Firm, “smart, capable and deal-oriented” Michael Nestor is “very good in court, with a feel for what is and isn't going to work”; Chairman Emeritus James Patton, “dean of the bankruptcy Bar,” is “enormously accomplished with great judgment and very impressive skills”; Pauline Morgan is “tremendously well respected” and a “fantastic lawyer with an ability to keep cool during proceedings”; Clients note that Section Co-Chair Joseph Barry is “fantastic” and “commands praise” for his representation of debtors' and creditors' counsel in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 filings and that Section Co-Chair Sean Beach “is extremely knowledgeable, pragmatic and efficient” and a “popular choice” for distressed companies in the retail and construction industries; Edmon Morton has “good judgment” and is known for his “capabilities in complex, large-scale reorganizations ”which makes him a “strong choice for companies operating across different states”; Blake Cleary continues to handle “impressive Chapter 11 cases” and has an “excellent understanding of the bankruptcy code and …[a] firm grasp on the preferences of the Delaware Bench”; and Andrew Magaziner has gained recognition as a “terrific, tactical lawyer” who is “excellent in court” and “able to anticipate problems that others might not see.”

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: C. Barr Flinn who is described as “excellent” with “extensive experience” representing clients in complex corporate governance proceedings and special litigation committees; Elena Norman is recognized for her representation of corporate clients including directors and stockholders along with her “strength in merger disputes”; “sharp, practical and pragmatic” Rolin Bissell has “notable” experience with M&A disputes, proxy contest and fiduciary duty challenges; Ryan Newell is acknowledged for his representation of clients involved in corporate and commercial disputes; Martin Lessner is “well versed in fraud and books and records issues” and represents clients in disputes involving stockholder, M&A, and fiduciary duty issues; and David McBride, the “dean of corporate practitioners in the Delaware Bar” also has extensive understanding of M&A issues.

Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities: Delaware

“Knowledgeable” and “really smart” Norman Powell is 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 note “[f]rom its extensive knowledge of Delaware practice to its unparalleled trial experience, this is a go-to team for patent litigation cases.”

Notable practitioners in the Intellectual Property: Delaware category include: Section Co-Chair and experienced IP litigator Adam Poff whose strengths include “a deep understanding of the judges and procedures in Delaware.” Clients also find Section Co-Chair Anne Shea Gaza to have “extensive” experience acting for plaintiffs and defendants in patent infringement disputes.

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.” Sources describe the team as “knowledgeable, thorough, and timely.” “Their experience in labor law for public employees in Delaware is unmatched by any other firm….”

Acknowledged practitioners include: Lauren Russell who has “great relationships with the Delaware Department of Labor, investigators and mediators, which is a real advantage for any employer/defendant”; Scott Holt, who is “always accessible, quick to respond and keeps the business relationships of all parties in mind when crafting legal strategy”; Barry Willoughby who has “[s]uperb knowledge of the judges and all key players in the Delaware and tri-state area which is invaluable when setting case strategy”; and William Bowser, the “[o]utstanding premier employment lawyer in Delaware.”

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.” The team is also recommended for its advice on zoning and land use matters.

Key individuals include: Section Co-Chair John Kuffel who is “recognized for his broad commercial real estate practice, which includes acquisitions and leasing mandates” and Section Co-Chair John Tracey who is “respected” for his handling of land use approvals and experience in real estate transactions; Eugene DiPrinzio is seen as an [e]xtremely talented, thoughtful and pragmatic Delaware leader and is “highly recommended for his handling of commercial property deals”; Daniel Johnson “takes the lead” on commercial real estate transactions and “is particularly adept at handling deals involving mixed-use developments; and Brent Shaffer is “impressively adept at high-value transactions such as construction loans and refinancings.” 


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].