Chambers and Partners High Net Worth has, once again, ranked Morris James a preeminent Delaware law firm for its private wealth law practice
Jill Di Sciullo, Jim Gallagher, Gretchen Knight, and Bruce Tigani also earned recognition as leading lawyers in the 2022 guide for their respective practices, as outlined below.
Chambers High Net Worth ranks the leading lawyers and law firms in private wealth, internationally. Those ranked in the guide understand the complex needs of HNW individuals and provide specialist advice and legal services. The leading annual legal directory for HNW clients also recommends top accountancy firms, private banks, wealth managers, trust companies and other professional advisers to high net worth and ultrahigh net worth individuals, globally.
Family offices and professional advisers to wealthy individuals can benefit from the rankings and analysis provided as it provides objective guidance on an international scale.
Delaware Private Wealth Law
Chambers HNW recognizes Morris James for its offering of a variety of private client services across all three Delaware counties. Chambers notes that the firm is uniquely positioned to handle estate planning, wealth management, tax and business issues, including those that involve the healthcare sector, among others. A source states: "I am always impressed by the work ethic of their team."
Private Wealth Law Leading Lawyers
Bruce Tigani chairs the firm’s tax, estates & business practice. With a law career spanning over 30 years, he maintains a broad-based business, tax, healthcare and real estate practice. In providing clients an integrated focus to both transactional and planning aspects essential to their needs, Bruce delivers a coordinated and comprehensive approach to the representation of regionally based closely-held businesses, professional practices, and individuals.
Chambers HNW resources say, Bruce Tigani "is a true professional with impeccable integrity. He always has the client's best interests in mind." His multidisciplinary practice includes advising on complex estate planning, wealth transfer and trust administration issues. An interviewee comments: "Bruce's responses were timely, thorough and they provided me with the confidence that I was well represented."
Jim Gallagher maintains a comprehensive business and tax practice that includes the preparation of wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents. In his business practice, Jim counsels and advises clients on business formation and management, including the drafting of operating agreements and stockholder agreements. He is experienced in the preparation, review, and negotiation of documents for the purchase and sale of assets or stock or other equity interests, as well as commercial and employment-related contracts.
Chambers HNW recognizes Jim for his ability to handle the full range of trust and estate matters for wealthy individuals, which include issues of transfer tax and powers of attorney. A source says: "Jim is able to answer all of my questions with ease and confidence. He is very professional and sophisticated." They continue: "I am always impressed with his levels of customer service."
Private Wealth Law: Family/Matrimonial Leading Lawyers
Gretchen Knight chairs the firm's family law practice. Gretchen is a highly skilled and knowledgeable family law attorney with more than 30 years of experience. She focuses her practice on litigating and negotiating successful outcomes for her clients in complex divorce and custody matters. Gretchen concentrates on understanding her clients' goals, being responsive to their needs, and helping clients achieve their goals. She uses her legal insight and resources to support her clients, allowing them to move forward with confidence.
Notably, Gretchen is recognized by Chambers HNW for possessing particular expertise in advising wealthy clients on divorces, marital agreements and custody matters. "Gretchen is an expert in her field," says a source, who adds: "She is extremely sophisticated and is very client-focused." A market commentator enthuses: "Gretchen is my number-one recommendation. She is really easy to work with."
Jill Spevack Di Sciullo has over 20 years of experience handling domestic relations matters in Delaware. With a practice that expands throughout Delaware, representing clients in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties, Jill guides clients through all aspects of domestic relations matters. She represents clients in complicated property division matters involving dividing businesses and various other types of property, as well as drafting and negotiating premarital agreements. Jill represents clients in adoption matters, custody and child support matters, and assists clients in preparing and negotiating Gestational Carrier Agreements.
New to the ranking table, Jill is recognized for her representation of clients in matters which include divorce proceedings, child guardianship and spousal support. "I am continuously impressed with Jill," notes a commentator. A source specifically praises her high levels of responsiveness and her overall client service.