Law notes: Robinson+Cole opens office; Richards, Layton & Finger top M&A owner; new disciplinary counsel; IP Firm of Year

(From left to right) Top row: Davis Lee Wright, Katherine M. Fix, Mark A. Fink, and Laurie A. Krepto. Bottom row: Stephen E. Goldman and Natalie D. Ramsey.

Robinson+Cole expands bankrupcty practice, opens office in Wilmington

Robinson+Cole announced the expansion of its bankruptcy capabilities with the addition of five lawyers, including three partners, and the opening of new offices in Wilmington and Philadelphia.

Natalie D. Ramsey, Mark A. Fink and Davis Lee Wright, all formerly with Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP, join Robinson+Cole as partners.

“This is a very exciting time at Robinson+Cole,” saidStephen E. Goldman, the firm’s managing partner. “The expansion of our bankruptcy practice into larger financial markets has been an important part of our long term strategic plan for some time, and the opportunity to add such an accomplished and well-recognized bankruptcy team in strategic geographies, including our rapidly expanding office in New York, is a real home run for us.”

Natalie Ramsey has practiced in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganizations for more than three decades.

Ramsey will serve as a chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy Practice Group, together with Michael R. Enright and Patrick M. Birney, the current co-chairs of the group, and will be resident in the firm’s new Wilmington and Philadelphia offices.

Mark Fink focuses his practice on bankruptcy and restructuring matters. He has assisted investors in their acquisition of distressed assets. Fink will be resident in the firm’s New York office.

Davis Wright’s practice is focused on bankruptcy-related litigation. He has represented secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, committee members, trustees and debtors in numerous proceedings under Chapter 7, 11, and 15 of the Bankruptcy Code. He is a former law clerk for the Honorable Peter J. Walsh, former Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. He will be resident in the firm’s new office in Wilmington.

Joining along with. Ramsey,. Fink, and Wright are Laurie A. Krepto,as counsel, and Katherine M. Fix,as an associate. Krepto and Fix will both be resident in the firm’s new Philadelphia office.

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Richards, Layton & Finger top M&A firm in state

Richards, Layton & Finger, Wilmington, was Delaware counsel on 44 merger and acquisition deals valued at or above $100 million in 2018, more corporate transactions than any other Delaware law firm. Richards Laytonhas toppedThe DealandCorporate Control Alert’s annual Delaware rankings of high-value deals for more than 20 years running.

“We’re proud to again lead the state as Delaware deal counsel,” saidGreg Varallo, president of Richards, Layton & Finger. “Not only do our clients rely on our outstanding service and commitment to excellence—they know we have the skill to handle their most challenging, high-stakes matters.”


Supreme Court names Luke W. Mette Chief Disciplinary Counsel

Luke W. Mette has been named Chief Disciplinary Counsel by the Delaware Supreme Court.

Mette will now be in charge of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, an arm of the Delaware Supreme Court. The Office receives, evaluates, investigates, and when warranted, prosecutes complaints of lawyer misconduct and the unauthorized practice of law. The Office recommends sanctions for attorney misconduct to the Board on Professional Responsibility and the Court.

Mette joins the court after working as Wilmington’s City Solicitor. He is also an adjunct professor at Delaware Law School. Prior to working for the City, he was a partner at McCarter & English in the Business Litigation Practice Group. Before that, he worked for 21 years at AstraZeneca from 1994 to 2015 where he rose to the position of Deputy General Counsel.

“Compliance with the standards of professional conduct by Delaware lawyers is important for clients, the public, the courts and the legal profession itself,” said Mette. “I look forward to leading the Office as it continues to take steps to maximize such compliance.”

Mette has served on the Delaware Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission’s Pro Bono Subcommittee, the Delaware State Bar Association’s Executive Committee and is a former president of the Carpenter-Walsh Delaware Pro Bono Inn of Court .

IP Practice Group of the Year

Fish & Richardsonhas been named an IP Practice Group of the Year byLaw360forits high-profile intellectual propertywins in 2018, which included the stunning reversal of a $2.5 billion jury verdict against client Gilead Sciences and many important wins in federal courts across the United States, at the Federal Circuit, at the International Trade Commission (ITC) and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Fish was one of only six firms nationwide that was singled out byLaw360as an IP Practice Group of the Year. The firm has received the designation five previous times. The law firm has an office in Wilmington.

During the past year, Fish won 15 cases in district court and 27 cases at the Federal Circuit, and successfully resolved over 200 other cases.

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