Richards, Layton & Finger combines a unique environment for practicing law with exceptional opportunities for professional and personal growth. As one of the leading firms in Delaware, the state of incorporation for many of the nation’s most prominent companies, Richards Layton engages in a complex and innovative transactional and litigation practice. Our firm prides itself on maintaining a cutting-edge practice both nationally and regionally. With approximately 150 lawyers in a single Wilmington office, we are the state’s largest firm. Despite this size, the firm maintains a collegial and supportive environment. We achieve our goals of professional excellence and a positive work environment by encouraging our attorneys to take on responsibility according to their confidence and abilities. From the newest associate to the most senior director, attorneys at Richards Layton work together as a team to provide superior legal services and achieve the client’s goals. Moreover, the expertise of the Delaware courts and the professionalism and civility of the Delaware bar are nationally recognized, and Wilmington, Delaware combines a vibrant arts and entertainment scene with the friendly atmosphere of a small city.
Richards Layton's offices occupy six floors of One Rodney Square, a ten-story office building in the center of Wilmington conveniently located near the courthouse for New Castle County, which houses the Delaware Court of Chancery and Delaware Superior Court. The Delaware Supreme Court’s Wilmington chambers and the federal district and bankruptcy courts are just one block away from the firm’s offices. The Wilmington Library, banks, restaurants and health clubs are within easy walking distance of the firm.
The firm and our lawyers are considered by clients and other lawyers around the world to be leaders in most areas of business law, involving issues from the adoption of poison pills to the securitization of music royalties. Our firm counts many Fortune 500 companies among its current clients and regularly ranks in the top law firms involved in corporate and bankruptcy work. Richards Layton was listed as one of The Deal's most active debtor counsel in 2008 Delaware bankruptcy filings. The firm’s lawyers have been instrumental in the creation of noncorporate forms of business organization and have literally written the book on corporate and noncorporate entity law.
Although Richards Layton began its history as one of a few Delaware firms involved in corporate law, it truly made its name in corporate law after World War II and, most especially, in the boom times of the 1980s, when expedited corporate litigation seemed to be focused in the courtrooms of Wilmington. Our attorneys have played significant roles in the principal cases that have shaped the structure of corporate law, including Paramount Communications, Inc. v. QVC Network, Inc., Moran v. Household International, Inc. and Unocal Corp. v. Mesa Petroleum Co., as well as more recent cases such as Quickturn Design Systems, Inc. v. Shapiro, In re Walt Disney Co. Derivative Litigation and, more recently, Stone v. Ritter and Ryan v. Lyondell. As alternative forms of business organization were developed, Delaware, and our firm in particular, remained at the center of that dynamic process, helping to create new laws and helping to organize and further develop what has become one of the most sophisticated areas of business legal practice in the alphabet soup of LLCs, LPs, LLPs, LLLPs and others. More than half of the lawyers at Richards Layton are involved in corporate and noncorporate business entity transactions and litigation.
As with Delaware’s preeminence in matters of corporate and business law, the federal courts in Delaware have increasingly served as a leading venue for intellectual property litigation and major bankruptcy petitions. The firm’s attorneys are actively engaged in both areas. We view all of these as areas of enormous opportunity and growth, requiring skilled young lawyers to join our team.