29 Young Conaway Attorneys Ranked as "Leaders in their Field" in 2023 Chambers USA Guide

June 1, 2023Press Release


WILMINGTON, DE -- Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP is pleased to announce that 29 of the firm’s attorneys are listed as “Leaders in their Field” in the 2023 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.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Delaware

Chambers USA researchers note that in the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Delaware, Young Conaway maintains a “premier practice notable for the strength and depth of its bankruptcy team, which advises an impressive range of clients both locally and nationally across numerous industry sectors.”

Practitioners listed in the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Delaware include: Chairman of the Firm, Robert Brady, a "collegial" attorney with a "high level of experience"; Vice-Chair of the Firm, Michael Nestor "knows his stuff"; Chairman Emeritus James Patton, is "experienced and recognized as the dean of the Bar"; "phenomenal force" Pauline Morgan "has great judgement and has seen it all"; Clients note that Section Co-Chair Joseph Barry is "easy to deal with and focused on practical resolutions" and that Section Co-Chair Sean Beach is "practical, commercial and efficient"; Edmon Morton is a "good, levelheaded deal-maker" who understands the "nuances of cases”; Edwin Harron is "experienced, active and sophisticated" in mass tort matters; and Andrew Magaziner has gained recognition on high-profile Chapter 11 cases by being a "great technical lawyer.”

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: Chair of the corporate litigation practice, Tammy Mercer, who "stays on top of things and knows her way around" the courtroom; C. Barr Flinn who is described as “exceptionally smart” with “extensive experience” representing clients in complex corporate governance proceedings and special litigation committees; Elena Norman "is respected by the court and the Bar" for her "great instincts and judgment" representing corporate clients including directors and stockholders; “excellent” Rolin Bissell "seems to have a good way with clients and judges"  including “notable” experience with M&A disputes, proxy contest and fiduciary duty challenges; Ryan Newell, who has a "good understanding of the law and knows the court," 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; David McBride, "has incredible influence and good judgment"; and Vice-Chair of the corporate litigation practice, James Yoch, who "knows the law and has a good courtroom presence" has experience in a variety of substantive areas before the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities: Delaware

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 acts for both plaintiffs and defendants from the software, medical devices and pharmaceutical sectors. The team also provides experienced lead counsel in complex patent litigation cases.

Notable practitioners in the Intellectual Property: Delaware category include: Section Co-Chair and "amazing" IP litigator Adam Poff has notable expertise in patent infringement cases and trade secret disputes; Section Co-Chair Anne Shea Gaza "understands both the local patent practice as well as the business goals of the client. She is very responsive and knowledgeablewhen acting on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in patent infringement disputes; and Pilar Kraman who is recognize as "an excellent lawyer and diligent local counsel" with "great knowledge of Delaware procedure."

Labor & Employment: Delaware

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

Acknowledged practitioners include: "practical" and "thorough" Lauren Russell who is the "go-to lawyer for labor and employment matters" that "gets good results"; Michael Stafford is "highly regarded for his deft handling of labor and employment matters,... especially representing clients in the education sector" Barry Willoughby has "significant experience" in matters including discrimination and wrongful dismissal claims; and William Bowser, advises employers in complex disputes and negotiations.

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 having a "fine reputation" for the transactional work performed on behalf of regional developers and financial institutions, 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; Clients consider Daniel Johnson to be the "gold standard in the practice" who regularly “takes the lead” on commercial real estate transactions and “is particularly adept at handling deals involving mixed-use developments; and "Intelligent and detail-oriented" 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].