31 Richards, Layton & Finger Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers in America 2010

August 6, 2009

Firm News

WILMINGTON, DelawareThe Best Lawyers in America has named 31 Richards, Layton & Finger attorneys in its 2010 edition. Richards Layton is ranked first in Delaware in four fields of law: tax, trusts and estates, securities and First Amendment law. The firm is tied for first in the state in two more areas: corporate law and environmental law. Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, compiles an annual list of outstanding lawyers by conducting surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. For the new U.S. edition, more than 24,126 leading attorneys cast more than 2.8 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in the same and related specialties.

Because of the rigorous and transparent methodology used by Best Lawyers, inclusion is considered a singular honor. Two Richards Layton attorneys have appeared on the Best Lawyers list for at least 25 years. Two more have been listed for at least 20 years, and an additional nine attorneys have been named to the list for at least 10 years. The attorneys and the areas of law in which they are recognized include:

  • Paul M. Altman – Corporate Law
  • Richard G. Bacon – Trusts and Estates
  • R. Franklin Balotti – Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities Law
  • Julian H. Baumann, Jr. – Tax Law
  • C. Stephen Bigler – Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Donald A. Bussard – Corporate Law
  • Mark D. Collins – Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
  • F. Peter Conaty, Jr. – Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Frederick L. Cottrell III – Intellectual Property Law
  • Daniel J. DeFranceschi – Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
  • Raymond J. DiCamillo – Commercial Litigation
  • Richard G. Elliott, Jr. – First Amendment Law
  • Wendell Fenton – Corporate Law
  • Jesse A. Finkelstein – Corporate Law
  • Anne C. Foster – Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law
  • Mark J. Gentile – Corporate Law
  • William J. Haubert – Corporate Law
  • Stephen E. Herrmann – Environmental Law
  • Jennifer C. Jauffret – Labor and Employment Law
  • Bernard J. Kelley – Corporate Law
  • Daniel L. Klein – Real Estate Law
  • John H. Knight – Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
  • Robert J. Krapf – Real Estate Law
  • James G. Leyden, Jr. – Corporate Law, Structured Finance Law
  • Srinivas M. Raju – Commercial Litigation
  • W. Donald Sparks II – Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Stanford L. Stevenson III – Tax Law
  • Gregory V. Varallo – Corporate Law
  • William J. Wade – Health Care Law
  • Robert W. Whetzel  -Environmental Law
  • Gregory P. Williams – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities Law

About the Firm
Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. is Delaware’s largest law firm and one of its oldest. It provides counsel on sophisticated financial transactions involving Delaware corporations and alternative entities, as well as advice and guidance to clients locally and around the world. Richards Layton 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 Best Lawyers
First published in 1983, Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. In the U.S., Best Lawyers publishes an annual referral guide, The Best Lawyers in America, which includes 29,575 attorneys in 78 specialties, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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