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Morris James LLP is pleased to announce it received 29 recognitions in Delaware Today magazine’s 2017 Delaware Top Lawyers issue. The recognized lawyers were chosen by their peers in a survey to members of the Delaware State Bar Association.
Gretchen S. Knight, Lewis C. Ledyard III, Rich Galperin, Ian D. McCauley and James H. McMackin III, distinguished in bold, received the most votes of any lawyer in their respective categories. Morris James attorneys were rated as “Top Lawyers” in 12 separate practice areas, and Keith Donovan was recognized in multiple categories. More ›
Partner Patricia A. Winston Appointed to Jurisdiction Improvement Committee Tasked with Improving the Efficient Resolution of Citizens’ Disputes
As a member of the Jurisdictional Improvement Committee, Morris James Partner Patricia A. Winston will serve on a team tasked with taking a comprehensive look at reforming and updating the jurisdictional authority of each of Delaware's courts. Recently formed by the Delaware Judiciary, the Jurisdictional Improvement Committee was created in response to the Joint Study of the Delaware Courts by the Delaware Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) and the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA). The Committee’s mission is to help the Delaware Courts operate more productively and efficiently by eliminating unnecessary overlap in the trial courts’ jurisdiction and by assigning certain types of cases to the trial court best positioned to address those cases cost-effectively and expertly. More ›
Morris James attorney Ian D. McCauley will serve on a panel discussing the latest eDiscovery issues at a CLE program titled “Recent Developments in Data Security and E-Discovery.” The program is sponsored by the E-Discovery and Technology Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association and is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. at the New Castle County Delaware State Bar Association with webcasts being offered in Dover and Georgetown. With cyber-attacks constantly in the news and counsel continuing to struggle with discovery issues, this CLE promises to be both important and timely for lawyers. Click here for registration. More ›
Morris James is pleased to announce that fourteen of its partners and five practice areas have been recognized by Chambers USA 2016. More ›
Morris James partner, Albert H. Manwaring, IV, presented at the Transaction Advisors San Francisco M&A Spring Conference on May 12, 2016. His presentation focused on the developments in strike suits; the rise of appraisal litigation; a review of current case law that is impacting M&A structuring; the nature of multiple jurisdiction lawsuits; global antitrust and competition reviews; and understanding tender offers’ impact on M&A deal litigation. More ›
Joseph R. Slights, III and Ian D. McCauley spoke on panels at the Delaware State Bar Association Women and the Law Section's Retreat, which was held on March 4th and 5th, 2016.
Ian D. McCauley spoke on the first panel of the retreat that dealt with various technology issues impacting lawyers. This panel discussed various issues including the ethical considerations of social media, the discovery of electronic material, and the use of technology in the courtroom.
Joseph R. Slights, III spoke on a panel which tackled common issues that a practitioner confronts, such as building a network to benefit or advance one’s career, and understanding how to manage clients effectively. This panel also provided insight into practical office management.
Morris James attorneys and staff continued the firm’s longstanding support for the Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition with twelve attorneys serving as judges or coaches at the annual competition held at the New Castle County Courthouse on February 26-27, 2016. Jason C. Jowers, a partner in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Litigation Group, completed his seventh year as Chair of the competition and received the Pete Jones Award, named after Morris James partner Pete Jones, given to an individual who has demonstrated sustained commitment to the goals and values of the mock trial program. Eric Hacker, an associate in the firm’s Georgetown office, coached Sussex Central, the first team from Sussex County to advance to the finals of the competition. In addition to Jowers and Hacker, the Morris James attorneys who participated as coaches or judges included partners Kevin Healy, Pete Jones, Lewis Lazarus, Dennis Schrader, Joe Slights, and David Soldo, and associates Megan Adams, Nick Kravitz, Beth Powers, and Laura Readinger. Also, Morris James administrative assistant Margie Touchton served as the Judge Volunteer Coordinator.
Delaware Supreme Court Justice Collins J. Seitz, Jr., the presiding judge of the championship round, commented that the future of the practice of law in Delaware is bright based on the skill demonstrated by the finalists. David Williams, the firm’s managing partner, expressed his gratitude to the attorneys and staff who gave so generously of their time to aid the next generation of Delaware lawyers, noting that “this type of dedication exemplifies the type of community service for which the firm is proud.”
Patricia A. Winston secured an order from the Delaware Supreme Court affirming the Superior Court Complex Commercial Litigation Division’s grant of summary judgment in favor of their client, Radio One, Inc. Patricia successfully represented Radio One before the Supreme Court, which upheld the Superior Court’s interpretation of a “complicated” agreement between Radio One and another broadcaster. By its appeal, the appellant sought to reverse the Superior Court’s summary judgment decision and to overturn an earlier jury verdict in Radio One’s favor. The ruling by the Supreme Court further confirms the appropriateness of resolving complex contract interpretation issues through summary judgment.
Morris James is pleased to announce that Laura G. Readinger was admitted to the Delaware Bar on March 2, 2016. Ms. Readinger is an associate in Morris James’ Business Litigation group focusing on dealing with the challenges associated with electronic discovery. She provides effective and efficient project management solutions to clients in what is a complex and continually changing area of litigation. Prior to joining Morris James, Laura gained experience in family law, immigration law and litigation.
Ms. Readinger received her Juris Doctor in 2007 from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and is a 2004 graduate of Cornell University. She is also admitted to practice law in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York and is currently serving as the Vice President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and as a board member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Legal Education Fund.
Morris James Partner Joseph R. Slights, III Nominated to Become Next Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery
Morris James LLP is pleased to announce that partner Joseph R. Slights, III has been nominated by Governor Jack Markell to become a Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. The judicial nomination was announced on Monday, February 8th.
“I am honored and grateful to have been nominated by Governor Markell to serve on the nation’s premier court for the resolution of business disputes – the Delaware Court of Chancery,” Slights stated. “If I am fortunate enough to be confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to serving the citizens and the State of Delaware as Vice Chancellor.” More ›
Morris James LLP is pleased to announce that James A. Landon and Jonathan G. Strauss have been elected partners effective January 1, 2016. More ›
Ian D. McCauley was appointed as an Associate Member of the Delaware Supreme Court Commission on Law & Technology. The Commission was created to develop and publish guidelines and best practices regarding the use of technology and the practice of law. According to former Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely, Liaison Justice to the new Arm of Court, “The Court expects the Commission to become a valuable resource not only to all Delaware judges and lawyers for issues related to technology and ethics in the practice of law, but also to serve as a model for other states who are interested in assisting their judges and lawyers maintain their professional competence in technology.” Click here to see the full members list and read more about the Commission.
U.S. News - Best Lawyers Ranks Eighteen Morris James Practice Areas among 2016 “Best Law Firms” in Delaware
Eighteen Morris James practice areas were recognized in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. These rankings complement the twenty-one Morris James attorneys who were selected by their peers for inclusion in the “The Best Lawyers in America” 2016 edition.
The practice areas recognized include: More ›
Morris James LLP was presented the Leadership Award at the Delaware State Bar Association’s Christopher W. White 2015 Distinguished Access to Justice Awards Breakfast on October 29th, 2015. The Leadership Award is given to the firm who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of pro bono service to the impoverished in Delaware, and who fosters a culture which recognizes the value of Access to Justice service. More ›
Morris James LLP is pleased to congratulate the lawyers listed below, who were most recommended by their professional peers in a survey of Delaware attorneys conducted by Delaware Today magazine. Sixteen Morris James attorneys were distinguished in their respective practice areas, with seven named as “top vote-getters,” listed below in bold. More ›