Wilmington, DE (August 18, 2022) – Eighteen lawyers from Connolly Gallagher LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from thousands of eligible attorneys.
In its 2022 guide, Chambers High Net Worth ranked Connolly Gallagher LLP for Private Wealth Law in Delaware. Sources report the Trusts & Estates team is “consistently responsive and delivers on deadlines.” As one interviewee stated: “Their service goes above and beyond.”
Partner Charles J. Durante has been elected President of the Delaware State Bar Association.
Chuck Durante was one of the founding partners of Connolly Gallagher, where he practices in taxation, trusts and estates. He has served on the Bar Association’s executive committee since 2014, and has chaired the Association’s Sections of Taxation and of Trusts and Estates.
Connolly Gallagher LLP appears in three Delaware practice categories in the 2022 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business released June 1. The prestigious Chambers guide has consistently ranked Connolly Gallagher for Delaware Chancery, Intellectual Property and Labor & Employment services.
Eleven Connolly Gallagher attorneys have been named by Super Lawyers in their annual attorney rankings. Seven attorneys were named Super Lawyers and four additional attorneys were recognized as Rising Stars in a ranking process that included peer nominations, peer evaluations, and independent research. Approximately 5 percent of attorneys are named as Super Lawyers and 2.5 percent are named as Rising Stars. Connolly Gallagher offers its clients a multidisciplinary approach and is proud to be recognized by Super Lawyers for excellence in eleven different practice areas.
The International Lawyers Network (ILN) featured podcast Law Firm ILN-telligence recently spotlighted Connolly Gallagher Trusts & Estates Partner Scott Swenson. Sitting down with podcast host and ILN Executive Director Lindsay Griffiths, Scott discussed the evolution of his practice, mentorship, and what he has learned about managing attorneys and his practice. Check out Episode 44 to hear more from Scott and to learn how he explains lawyering to his sever year-old.
Connolly Gallagher Commercial Bankruptcy Partner Jeffrey Wisler presented at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference on best practices for Section 363 sales. Alongside co-presenters from Denver and Salt Lake City, Jeff discussed recent venue developments and cases, including In re LTL Management LLC, Case No. 21-30589 (Bankr. W.D.N.C.) and In re The Aliera Companies Inc., Case No. 21-11548 (Bankr. D. Del.). Jeff also discussed recent rule changes and proposed legislation that may impact jurisdictions that have proven to be popular choices for large, commercial chapter 11 cases. For example, the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of Virginia recently implemented new rules to randomize judge assignments in Mega Chapter 11 Cases (S.D.N.Y.) and matters with assets or liabilities greater than $1,000,000 (E.D. Va.). Likewise, the proposed Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2021, could have an even greater impact by substantively amending Sections 1408 and 1412 of Title 28 of the U.S. Code.
U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss recently announced a settlement with Hunt Companies, Inc., one of the nation’s largest providers of privatized military housing. The settlement of $500,000 resolves fraud allegations arising from Hunt’s submissions of materially false information about the condition of private military housing at Dover Air Force Base between January 2013 and June 2019. It was alleged that the false information caused Hunt to receive larger performance incentive payouts from the U.S. Government.
It is with great sadness that Connolly Gallagher announces the passing of Rachel Dwares, wife, mother, partner, and friend to so many. Rachel was a founding partner of the firm and had been a practicing real estate attorney for over 35 years. A Delaware native and graduate of Brandywine High School, Rachel went on to study at Cornell University and Boston University School of Law. She moved first to Chicago, where she met her husband of over 30 years, and then returned to Wilmington in 1994 to begin her practice here.
Alan R. Silverstein has joined the firm as a Partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation and Delaware Business, Commercial, and Corporate Litigation practice groups. Alan has extensive experience in commercial and complex litigation, with a focus on patent litigation, trademark litigation, and trade secret litigation. In addition, he has regularly represented clients in contract disputes and business tort matters in both Delaware and federal courts. He is experienced with all phases of litigation including large-scale electronic discovery and managing scientific experts. Alan earned his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and a bachelor of science from Ursinus College. Alan is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Richard K. Herrmann Technology American Inn of Court.