Benchmark Gives Top Ranking to Richards, Layton & Finger and Four Firm Directors

December 4, 2007

Firm News

WILMINGTON, Delaware – Benchmark: Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Business Litigation Firms and Attorneys gave Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. its top ranking of “Highly Recommended” in its premier issue. Firm directors Jesse A. Finkelstein, Allen M. Terrell, Jr., Gregory V. Varallo, and Gregory P. Williams were awarded Benchmark’s highest rating of “Local Litigation Stars.” Benchmark strives to pinpoint the best all-around “bet-the-company” law firms and trial attorneys at both the local and national levels.

In its coverage of Richards, Layton & Finger, Benchmark reported, “Many competitors said that they regularly refer work to the firm. The litigation team is proficient in a range of areas, including administrative proceedings, commercial and civil, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, and media and communications litigation, in addition to the firm’s bread-and-butter practice of corporate litigation.”

Benchmark cited Finkelstein, Terrell, Williams, and Varallo for their excellence and their success in high-profile, landmark cases. A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Finkelstein was dubbed “a tribute to the Bar” by one competitor during Benchmark’s interviews. Terrell, also an American College of Trial Lawyers fellow, was noted for his litigation expertise. Williams was cited for his successful representation of the directors of The Walt Disney Company in the Court of Chancery and the Supreme Court of Delaware, and Benchmark noted Varallo’s groundbreaking work as lead counsel for the tobacco industry in Delaware. Firm directors Raymond DiCamillo and Srinivas Raju were also singled out as rising stars.

Focusing exclusively on the U.S. litigation market, the Benchmark research team conducts extensive interviews with the nation’s leading lawyers. The “Highly Recommended” firms are those that are most frequently mentioned by their peers and clients and are recognized as the leading firms in their jurisdictions. The “Local Litigation Stars” are only those individuals who were recommended consistently as experts in their fields.

About the Firm
Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. 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 Benchmark
Benchmark: Litigation is a product of international publisher Euromoney Institutional Investor’s Legal Media Group. The Benchmark: Litigation guide provides general counsel with a detailed analysis of the best commercial and financial litigators in the United States. The guide is a one-stop shop for in-house counsel, whether they are seeking an individual expert in a particular field, a national powerhouse with exceptional bench strength, or a local leader in an unfamiliar jurisdiction.

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