Law notes: Dec. 7, 2018


Karsnitz sworn in as Superior Court Judge

Craig A. Karsnitz was publicly sworn in for his first term as a Judge of the Superior Court of the State of Delaware at the Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown. [Not a valid template]

Karsnitz fills a vacancy created by the Honorable T. Henley Graves, who retired in April.

Prior to being nominated to the Superior Court, Judge Karsnitz was a partner with Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor for 40 years.

A graduate of Villanova University School of Law,  Karsnitz received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware.


Molina named Master in Chancery Court

The Court of Chancery announced the appointment of Selena E. Molina as a Master in Chancery.

The Masters adjudicate cases assigned to them by the Court and play an important administrative role in ensuring that the Court handles its case load in a timely manner, particularly in the sensitive areas of trusts and estates and guardianships.

Molina comes to the Court of Chancery from her position as an associate attorney in the Litigation Department of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr. She previously worked in the Litigation Department of Richards, Layton & Finger.  Molina also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable William C. Carpenter, Jr. of the Delaware Superior Court and a Wolcott Fellow to Randy J. Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court.

Molina graduated magna cum laude from Widener University School of Law and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Widener University.

Chancellor Ande  Bouchard commented on the selection of Molina: “Selena has distinguished herself for her work ethic, legal ability, mature judgment, and active involvement in our Bar and the community at large.

She has demonstrated a passion for public service and we are fortunate she stepped forward to undertake the responsibilities of this important position. All the members of the Court look forward to the opportunity to work with Selena, and are confident that she will distinguish herself as a Master of the Court in the years to come.”

Martino Frazier joins Gawthrop Greenwood

Estate planning attorney Ann L. Martino Frazier has joined the law firm Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, practicing in complex estate plans for high net worth individuals.

Working primarily from the firm’s Wilmington area  office, Frazier  was with Herdeg Du Pont & Dalle Pazze,

“With her extensive background in corporate law and international tax, as well as all aspects of Delaware and Pennsylvania trusts and estate law, Ann offers a comprehensive approach to estate planning that is unique in her field,” says Sandra L. Knapp, chair of the Gawthrop Greenwood Management Committee. “Ann’s clients also appreciate the personal experience she brings to estate planning, having lost her own spouse while still a young mother. She brings a deep understanding of what her clients are going through.”

In addition to helping clients set up uniquely tailored estate plans, Frazier excels at distribution of trust assets to foreign beneficiaries, preparation of federal estate tax returns as well as all aspects of estate administration.

Previously, Frazier was Lead Counsel for the international business division of Hercules Incorporated in Wilmington, where she negotiated agreements and obtained government approvals to establish joint venture chemical companies throughout Asia Pacific.

She also led acquisitions and divestures in countries including Argentina, Denmark, Chile and Italy, where she managed all steps of transactions, from inception through due diligence, agreements and closing.