Young Conaway -- Top Ranked in Chambers USA 2013

May 24, 2013Press Release


Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP is pleased to announce that 22 of the firm’s attorneys have been listed in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Since 1999, Chambers USA has been researching the U.S. legal profession, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. Their research is in-depth and client focused, and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide.

In the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Delaware, Chambers USA commentators “laud this firm’s bankruptcy team.” Key individuals listed from Young Conaway include: James Patton, called "the best bankruptcy lawyer in the country"; Robert Brady who “impresses clients with his ‘hard work and acumen’"; Pauline Morgan, "an excellent leader, very responsive to clients and effective with opposing counsel"; Michael Nestor, an "experienced, very practical attorney"; Joel Waite, described as "very smart, technically very good and highly reliable"; Edwin Harron who "knows his stuff inside and out"; and Edmon Morton who is called both "practical and smart".

Chambers USA describes Young Conaway’s Chancery: Delaware group as, “excellent, insightful and prompt." David McBride is noted for being "very well respected by the court" in addition to being "very good at putting a case together." Bruce Silverstein is described as a "smart, strategic thinker" who is "obviously one of the top choices for the biggest cases." Martin Lessner is called a "top-notch deal lawyer" who has a "ready and comprehensive knowledge of Delaware law."

David McBride is also listed Chambers USA for his work in Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities: Delaware, and is described as a "really excellent litigator," known for his corporate defense and M&A work. Norman Powell is also listed in this area and is called, "a dominant intellectual presence in many areas of commercial law, especially at the intersection of the UCC and Delaware-specific law."

Chambers USA sources rate Young Conaway’s work in the area of Intellectual Property: Delaware, “as being of the highest standard." IP Section Chair Adam Poff is described as being “on top of all procedural requirements,” and as “a great resource for our out-of-town team."

Young Conaway’s Labor & Employment: Delaware group is noted by Chambers USA for its “understanding of the issues,” “preparation,” and “execution.” William Bowser is highlighted for his ability to bring “experience and creativity to every labor dispute"; Scott Holt is noted for his, “tremendous clarity to the issues and is able to provide excellent options and strategies"; and section chair Barry Willoughby "gives advice that has consistently resulted in positive results."

The firm’s large Real Estate: Delaware and Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use: Delaware group is praised by Chambers USA for its ability to, “do a project from beginning to completion. They have real lawyers doing complex transactions and projects, and they have the support team to do the job." Key individuals in the group include: Eugene DiPrinzio, who represents lenders in issues surrounding mortgage loans, workouts and restructurings; Lisa Goodman, a "terrific attorney" who is "knowledgeable" and praised for her "nice working style"; Daniel Johnson also handles work on the financing side; Brent Shaffer, who also concentrates his practice on finance, advising both lenders and borrowers; John Tracey who focuses exclusively on land use matters and represents clients in all three counties in Delaware; environmental law expert Stephanie Hansen, who has significant expertise in the redevelopment of brownfield properties; and John Kuffel, described as "Detail-oriented" with an excellent technical background, he is also "prompt, responsive, knowledgeable, practical and caring."


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.