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Four Morris James Attorneys Named 2023 ‘Lawyer of the Year’ by Best Lawyers

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August 18, 2022

Morris James proudly announces that Best Lawyers of America 2023 has named Shannon Frazier, Rich Galperin, Lewis Lazarus, and John Newcomer "Lawyer of the Year," in their respective practices in Delaware.

Only one lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Lawyers are selected based on the assessments of other leading lawyers in the same category.

The i
ndividuals honored as “Lawyer of the Year” have received particularly high ratings for their professional abilities, expertise, and integrity. 

Securitization and Structured Finance Law - Shannon Frazier is an attorney in the firm's Business Transactions, Strategic Planning and Counseling Practice, a group that has been involved in over $100B in financings for a wide range of clients. Shannon renders legal advice to and offers third-party legal opinions in respect of, Delaware statutory trusts, common law trusts, limited liability companies (including special purpose entities), series entities, partnerships, and corporations in the areas of formation, operation, and governance.

Health Care Law - As the senior member of the firm’s Medical Malpractice Practice Group, Richard Galperin has devoted almost the entirety of his career to medical malpractice and medical negligence cases. Over the course of more than four decades as a practicing trial lawyer, Rich has tried more than 130 cases to jury verdict, almost all of them multi-day medical negligence cases. Rich is one of the most experienced medical malpractice attorneys practicing in Delaware.

Litigation - Mergers and AcquisitionsLewis Lazarus focuses his practice on corporate governance and commercial matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery. He has been lead counsel in trials arising out of mergers and acquisitions, including cases involving the entire fairness standard of review, appraisal, books and records actions, actions to compel annual meetings, and actions to determine who rightfully are the managers of a Delaware entity. As a result of his knowledge and familiarity with these and related cases, Lewis often advises special committees and boards in conflict-of-interest transactions.

Litigation - Real Estate - John Newcomer chairs the firm's real estate practice. He practices in the areas of real estate and commercial litigation. His experience in these dual fields provides his clients with a rare perspective in dealing with complex real estate and business matters. Understanding the dynamics of litigation, and how it impacts his clients’ business strategies, gives John the ability to draft transactional documents with an eye toward avoiding problems before they arise.

Forty-seven Morris James attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2023 Best Lawyers edition. For more than four decades, Best Lawyers has been the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The lists of outstanding lawyers are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

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