23 Richards, Layton & Finger Attorneys Named in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

July 14, 2008

Firm News

WILMINGTON, Delaware – The 2008 edition of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, published in June, has recognized 23 Richards, Layton & Finger attorneys for excellence in six categories—more attorneys than any other Delaware law firm. In addition, Richards, Layton & Finger received Chambers’ highest firm ranking in Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate/M&A and Real Estate, and was also commended in the Intellectual Property category. To compile the rankings for Chambers USA, independent researchers carried out thousands of in-depth interviews with clients and lawyers to assess business lawyers across the country. The lawyers are ranked according to technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial know-how, diligence and other qualities highly valued by clients.

Quoting from interviews with Richards, Layton & Finger’s clients and co-counsel, Chambers USA noted that the firm’s attorneys were “as good as it gets,” displaying “terrific judgment” and an “encyclopedic understanding of the law.” The firm can be counted on to produce “high-quality and reliable work.” R. Franklin Balotti is listed as a Senior Statesman in both the Corporate/M&A and Chancery categories; Jesse A. Finkelstein is named a Star Performer in Chancery. All the honored attorneys, by category, are:


  • Mark D. Collins
  • Daniel J. DeFranceschi
  • John H. Knight

Chancery Court Practice

  • R. Franklin Balotti
  • Raymond J. DiCamillo
  • Jesse A. Finkelstein
  • Anne C. Foster
  • Gregory V. Varallo
  • Gregory P. Williams


  • R. Franklin Balotti
  • C. Stephen Bigler
  • Donald A. Bussard
  • Jesse A. Finkelstein
  • Mark J. Gentile
  • William J. Haubert

Corporate/M&A: Alternative Entities

  • Paul M. Altman
  • Bernard J. Kelley
  • Gregory W. Ladner
  • James G. Leyden Jr.
  • Eric A. Mazie
  • Mark V. Purpura
  • Srinivas M. Raju

Intellectual Property

  • Frederick L. Cottrell III

Real Estate

  • Daniel L. Klein
  • Robert J. Krapf

About the Firm
Richards, Layton & Finger provides legal services to its clients in Delaware, the U.S. and throughout the world. The firm provides counsel on sophisticated financial transactions involving Delaware corporations and alternative entities, as well as advice and guidance to local clients. Richards, Layton & Finger attorneys have been leaders in cases decided in Delaware courts addressing corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, fiduciary relations, commercial and other general civil matters.

About the Chambers Guides
The Chambers Guides list the top lawyers in 175 countries, providing independent rankings and editorial commentary. The key to the success of these legal directories is the in-depth, unbiased research conducted by a team of highly qualified and experienced researchers. Chambers and Partners have been publishing their world-famous guides to the legal profession since 1990.

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