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Top Lawyers 2013: Lawyers’ Choices for the Best Lawyers in Delaware

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Lawyers on this list were chosen by a survey of Delaware lawyers. Top vote getters are listed in bold, with office addresses and phone numbers, law schools, number of years in practice, and other areas of practice.
 

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Vincent A. Bifferato
Bifferato LLC, 800 N. King St., Wilmington, 225-7600; Villanova University School of Law; 50

Yvonne Takvorian Saville
Weiss & Saville, P.A., 1220 N. Market St., Suite 604, Wilmington, 656-0400; Widener University School of Law; 18; civil litigation, personal injury, workers’ compensation, toxic torts

Joseph R. Slights III
Morris James, LLP, 500 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 888-6940; Washington and Lee University School of Law; 25; corporate and fiduciary litigation, business litigation, corporate governance counseling
 

BANKRUPTCY

Mark D. Collins
Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., One Rodney Square, Wilmington, 651-7531; American University Washington College of Law; 22; corporate restructuring and bankruptcy

James L. Patton Jr.
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, 1000 King St., Wilmington,571-6684; The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University; 30; business restructuring, bankruptcy
 

CIVIL LITIGATION

Jeffrey L. Moyer
Richards, Layton & Finger, One Rodney Square, Wilmington, 651-7525; Temple University School of Law; 18; complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation

Collins J. Seitz Jr.
Seitz Ross Aronstam & Moritz, LLP, 100 S. West St., Suite 400, Wilmington, 576-1600; Villanova University School of Law; 30; corporate litigation

Jeffrey M. Weiner
Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Weiner, P.A., 1332 King St., Wilmington, 652-0505; Boston College Law School; 41; commercial litigation with focus on construction
 

COMMERCIAL LAW

Cynthia D. Kaiser
Richards, Layton & Finger, One Rodney Square, Wilmington, 651-7736; Widener University School of Law; 27; commercial transactions

Norman M. Powell
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, 1000 King St., Wilmington, 571-6629; Villanova University School of Law; 24; corporations and alternative entities, secured transactions, third-party legal opinions

William A. Yemc
Richards, Layton & Finger, One Rodney Square, Wilmington, 651-7790; Villanova University School of Law; 24 years; commercial transactions, insurance
 

CORPORATE COUNSEL

Frederick H. Alexander
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, LLP, 1201 N. Market St., Wilmington, 351-9228; Georgetown University Law Center; 25; corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions

David C. McBride
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, 1000 N. King St., Wilmington, 571-6638; Emory University School of Law; 38; corporate law and corporate and commercial litigation

Gregory P. Williams
Richards Layton & Finger, One Rodney Square, Wilmington, 651-7734; College of William & Mary School of Law; 31; chancery-corporate litigation, corporate advisory and governance, general litigation, special committees
 

CORPORATION LAW

Donald A. Bussard
Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., One Rodney Square, Wilmington, 651-7716; Temple University School of Law; 37; corporation law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions.

Mark J. Gentile
Richards, Layton & Finger, One Rodney Square, Wilmington, 651-7722; Boston University School of Law; 28; corporate advisory and governance, special committees

Kurt M. Heyman
Proctor Heyman, LLP, 300 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, Suite 200, 472-7300; The University of Chicago Law School; 21; corporate litigation; commercial litigation, limited liability company litigation, partnership litigation, corporate governance, business divorce, chancery litigation, class and derivative litigation; trade secrets, dissolution and receivership, mediation and arbitration

Lewis H. Lazarus
Morris James, LLP, 500 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 888-6970; Stanford Law School; 31; business litigation, corporate and fiduciary litigation, corporate governance counseling, alternative entities

David C. McBride
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, 1000 N. King St., Wilmington, 571-6638; Emory University School of Law; 38; corporate law and corporate and commercial litigation
 

CRIMINAL LAW

Thomas A. Foley 
Thomas A. Foley, Attorney At Law, 1905 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 658-3077; University of Detroit School of Law; 24; criminal defense

Jonathan Layton
Layton & Associates, P.A., 1823 W. 16th St., Wilmington, 654-3260; Widener University School of Law; 15; criminal defense, general civil litigation (including personal injury, construction litigation, professional negligence, lemon law, breach of contract, breach of warranty and other consumer law matters), insurance defense, landlord-tenant issues, real estate, guardianship 

Edmund Daniel Lyons
The Lyons Law Firm, 1526 Gilpin Ave., Wilmington, 777-5698; Georgetown University Law Center; 39; criminal defense

Eugene J. Maurer Jr.
Eugene J. Maurer Jr., P.A, 1201A King St., Wilmington, 652-7900; Temple University Beasley School of Law; 37; criminal defense
 

E-DISCOVERY-TECHNOLOGY LAW

Kevin F. Brady
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, 222 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 574-7412; Widener University School of Law; 28; technology and electronic discovery, electronic information management, data privacy and security, corporate and commercial litigation

Richard K. Herrmann
Morris James, LLP, 500 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 545-1554; Syracuse University School of Law; 42; technology law, intellectual property law, electronic discovery, technology and ethics

Richard P. Rollo
Richards, Layton & Finger, One Rodney Square, Wilmington, 651-7846; University of Florida Levin College of Law; 15; corporate litigation
 

ELDER LAW

Mary M. Culley
Morris James, LLP; 500 Delaware Ave., Suite 1500, Wilmington, 888-6885; Widener University School of Law; 29; estate planning, estate and trust administration, probate special-needs trusts for persons with disabilities, elder law, fiduciary consultation

William W. Erhart
Estate & Elder Law Services, 1011 Centre Road, Suite 117, Wilmington, 651-0113; Rutgers University School of Law; 31; estate planning, elder law

David J. Ferry, Jr.
Ferry, Joseph & Pearce, P.A., 824 N. Market St., Suite 1000, Wilmington, 575-1555; Widener University School of Law; 31; estates and trusts, guardianship, fiduciary litigation
 

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

Todd A. Coomes
Richards, Layton & Finger, One Rodney Square, Wilmington, 651-7507; Tulane Law School; 13; environmental law, general litigation, energy law

Stephanie L. Hansen
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, 1000 N. King St., Wilmington; 571-6733; Widener University School of Law; 12; environmental law, land use law, municipal law

Robert W. Whetzel
Richards, Layton & Finger, One Rodney Square, Wilmington, 651-7634; Villanova University School of Law; 30; environmental law, general litigation, intellectual property, administrative law, alternative dispute resolution, energy law
 

ESTATES AND TRUSTS

F. Peter Conaty Jr.
Richards Layton & Finger, One Rodney Square, Wilmington, 651-7855; Georgetown University Law Center, Temple University School of Law; 21; taxation

Richard J.A. Popper
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, 1000 N. King St., Wilmington, 571-6600; 36; Georgetown Law Center

W. Donald Sparks II
Richards Layton & Finger, P.A., One Rodney Square, Wilmington, 651-7700; Yale Law School; 20; estate planning, estate administration, tax-exempt organizations and fiduciary litigation
 

FAMILY LAW

Curtis P. Bounds
Bayard, P.A., 222 Delaware Ave., Suite 900, Wilmington, 429-4221; University of Virginia School of Law; 23; divorce, property division, alimony and support, child custody, petition for protection from abuse proceedings, adoption, termination of parental rights, guardianship and dependency/neglect proceedings, appeals of Family Court matters

Shawn Dougherty
Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty, 305 N. Union St., Wilmington, 655-4040; Widener University School of Law; 24; custody, divorce, property division, alimony, child support

Felice Glennon Kerr
MacElree Harvey, Ltd.; 5721 Kennett Pike, Centreville; 654-4454; Suffolk University Law School; 24; family law (divorce, custody and visitation, prenuptial agreements, child support)

Gretchen S. Knight
500 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 888-6926; Villanova University School of Law; 23; family law, including premarital agreements, separation agreements, divorce, property division, alimony, child support, custody and visitation, guardianships
 

GOVERNMENT-CONSUMER LAW

Christopher J. Curtin
MacElree Harvey, Ltd., 5721 Kennett Pike, Centreville, 654-4454; New York Law School; 35; personal injury, consumer protection cases including: lemon law and other violations like breach of warranty under the Uniform Commercial Code and Magnuson Moss Act, Consumer Fraud Act, Consumer Contracts Act, Home Solicitation Sales Act; Elder or Disabled Victims Enhanced Penalties Act

Thomas P. McGonigle
Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, 1100 N. Market St., Suite 1000, Wilmington, 467-4200; The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University; 20; commercial litigation, government and regulatory affairs
 

HEALTH LAW

Adam Balick
Balick & Balick, LLC, 711 King St., Wilmington, 658-4265; The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University; 24; health care law

Jennifer Gimler Brady
Potter Anderson & Corroon, LLP, 1313 N. Market St., Wilmington, 984-6000; The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University; 23; health law, labor and employment law, and commercial litigation
 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

Jack Blumenfeld
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, 1201 N. Market St, Wilmington, 351-9291; Yale Law School; 34; intellectual property litigation

John W. Shaw
Shaw Keller, LLP, 300 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 298-0700; University of Pittsburgh School of Law; NA; business and contract litigation, patent litigation, trials
 

INTERNATIONAL LAW

Xiaojuan Carrie Huang
Huang Law, LLC, 3513 Concord Pike, Suite 3100, Wilmington, 478-2900; Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law; 7; immigration, consumer bankruptcy, small business law
 

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT

William W. Bowser
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, 1000 N. King St., Wilmington, 571-6601; Villanova University School of Law; 29; employment law (for management)

Jennifer C. Jauffret
Richards, Layton & Finger, One Rodney Square, Wilmington, 651-7568; Villanova University School of Law; 16; labor and employment law

David H. Williams
Morris James, LLP, 500 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 888-6900; The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University; 36; education, employment, government relations, healthcare

Barry M. Willoughby
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, 1000 N. King St., Wilmington, 571-6666; The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University; 33; labor and employment law; education law
 

LITIGATION

Kelly E. Farnan
Richards, Layton & Finger, One Rodney Square, Wilmington, 651-7705; College of William & Mary School of Law; 10; general litigation, intellectual property, administrative law

Jeffrey L. Moyer
Richards, Layton & Finger, One Rodney Square, Wilmington, 651-7525; Temple University School of Law; 18; complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation

Jeffrey M. Weiner
Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Weiner, P.A., 1332 King St., Wilmington, 652-0505; Boston College Law School; 41; commercial litigation with focus on construction
 

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Bartholomew Dalton
Dalton & Associates, 1106 W. 10th St., Wilmington, 652-2050; University of Tulsa School of Law; 35; plaintiff’s medical malpractice, personal injury, business litigation and civil rights litigation

Richard Galperin
Morris James, LLP, 500 Delaware Ave., Suite 1500, Wilmington, 888-6980; Villanova University School of Law; 38; medical malpractice defense, representation of healthcare professionals before the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation

Richard A. Zappa
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, 1000 N. King St., Wilmington, 571-6626; Washington College of Law of American University; 40; medical malpractice, personal injury
 

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

Steven L. Butler 
Linarducci & Butler, P.A.; 910 W. Basin Road, Suite 100, New Castle, 544–9094; 10; Social Security disability

Gary Linarducci

Linarducci & Butler, P.A., 910 W. Basin Road, New Castle, 325-2400; The Delaware Law School of Widener University; 37; Social Security disability

Angela Pinto-Ross
Law Offices of Doroshow, Pasquale, Krawitz & Bhaya, 1202 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, 998-0100; Widener University School of Law; 13; Social Security disability, personal injury

Karen Y. Vicks
Law Office of Karen Y. Vicks, LLC, 500 W. Loockerman St., Suite 102, Dover, 674-1100; Temple University, James Beasley School of Law; 13; Social Security disability, veterans disability
 

TORTS-INSURANCE PRACTICE

Francis Pete Jones
Morris James, LLP, 803 N. Broom St., Wilmington, 651-3586; The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America; 30; plaintiff’s personal injury, alternative dispute resolution

Timothy Jay Houseal
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, 1000 N. King St., Wilmington, 571-6682; The Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University; 22; civil litigation with an emphasis on environmental and insurance litigation, government relations, nonprofit entity representation

Bernard A. Van Ogtrop
Seitz Van Ogtrop & Green, 222 Delaware Ave., Suite 1500, Wilmington, 888-0600; The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America; 41; personal injury

Benjamin A. Schwartz
Schwartz & Schwartz, Attorneys at Law, 1140 S. State St., Dover, 678-8700; New York Law School; 11; personal injury, wrongful death, health law

James W. Semple
Morris James, LLP, 500 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 888-6870; Villanova University School of Law; 39; alternative dispute resolution, alternative dispute resolution for personal injury, business litigation, healthcare industry team, insurance coverage litigation, products liability litigation, professional liability litigation

Richard A. Zappa
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, 1000 N. King St., Wilmington, 571-6626; Washington College of Law of American University; 40; medical malpractice, personal injury


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