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Potter Anderson & Corroon expands bankruptcy practice

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP announced the addition of Christopher M. Samis and L.Katherine Good as partners in the bankruptcy and restructuring practice.

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Aaron H. Stulman also joins the firm as an associate. Samis, Good and Stulman join Potter Anderson from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston.

“Bolstering our bankruptcy practice is a long-term strategic priority,” said Potter Anderson Chair Kathleen Furey McDonough. “The team has an outstanding reputation, strong working relationships with co-counsel, and tremendous potential to expand their practices on our platform. I am thrilled to welcome them to the firm.”

Named as leading Delaware bankruptcy lawyers byChambers USA and recognized onBenchmark Litigation’s “40& Under Hot List,” Samis and Good have represented debtors, committees, lenders, purchasers, and significant creditors before the Delaware bankruptcy courts for over 12 years.

“I’m delighted to be joining Potter Anderson,” said Samis. “It will be a great opportunity to work with a firm looking to further diversify its broad practice portfolio with additional investments in bankruptcy. My clients are gaining access to a deep bench of go-to Delaware lawyers, and I’m looking forward to building a market-leading bankruptcy practice at one of the most highly regarded Delaware firms.”

Good, who is currently chair of the Delaware State Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Law Section, said, “Joining Potter Anderson is an ideal fit for my clients and career, due to its impressively strong Delaware‑focused platform. Given the firm’s excellent reputation and position in the market, I know my practice will thrive.”

Samis received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2005 and his B.A. from the University of Delaware in 2002. Good received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 2006 and her B.A., with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. Stulman received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law in 2012 and his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in 2009.

Wilmington solicitor named

The Wilmington City Council confirmed the appointment of Robert M. Goff Jr as the next Wilmington City Solicitor.

Council members unanimously approved a resolution that formally names Goff as City Solicitor. He represents the mayor, City Council, and all city departments, boards, and commissions.

Goff was nominated for the position by Mayor Michael S. Purzycki in January and had been serving as Acting City Solicitor since February 15th.

With a 30-year career as an attorney, Goff is a former Assistant Public Defender for the Delaware Office of Defense Services (Public Defender’s Office) and a former Deputy Attorney General for the Delaware Department of Justice.

Before joining the City of Wilmington, Goff worked in the Law Office of New Castle County government as an Assistant County Attorney, representing the Department of Land Use in regulatory, legislative, administrative enforcement and judicial proceedings.

Goff replaces former City Solicitor Luke W. Mette, who left in December to accept a position with the Delaware Supreme Court.

Taiwanese judges visit Delaware in studying court’s complex commercial litigationdivision

This month a delegation of six high ranking judges from Taiwan met with President Judge Jan R. Jurden and the four Delaware Superior Court Judges who preside in the state’s Complex Commercial Litigation Division (CCLD).

The Taiwan delegation included the Secretary-General of the judiciary in Taiwan, who administers its entire judicial system.

The delegation was hosted by retired Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland during their visit to Wilmington on April 3.

Holland has visited Taiwan for many years and worked with the last three Chief Justices of Taiwan on matters that relate to business courts and judicial ethics. This week’s delegation is the third group of judges from Taiwan that have visited Delaware’s Superior Court and Court of Chancery.

After many years of study, Taiwan will introduce legislation next month to establish a separate business court. The draft legislation reflects many features of the Delaware judicial system that were learned during prior trips to Delaware and during annual visits by Holland before he recently retired.

Several years ago, when Taiwan Chief Justice In-Jaw Lai took office, the headline of his interview with the Commercial Times of Taiwan read: “Use Delaware in the U.S. as the Model.” The Chief Justice was asked if the judicial system of Taiwan could replicate Delaware’s success, and he replied, “Our legal system is different from the Delaware system and cannot follow it exactly the same way. But, a comprehensive and efficient business law and judicial system will be helpful in promoting the country’s economic development and the competitiveness of its enterprises.”

Salomone sworn in as Superior Court Commissioner

Janine M. Salomone was publicly sworn in as a Commissioner of the Superior Court of the State of Delaware last month. Salomone replaces the Honorable Bradley V. Manning who now sits on the bench of the Court of Common Pleas.

Superior Court President Judge Jan R. Jurden welcomed the audience to the investiture and Commissioner Salomone’s daughter then led the Pledge of Allegiance, and she was later assisted by her husband for the official robing.

Prior to being nominated to the Superior Court, Commissioner Salomone spent 19 years in private practice, most recently as a partner at the law firm of Potter Anderson & Corroon, LLC.

A graduate of Dickinson School of Law, Commissioner Salomone received a B.S. summa cum laude from the Pennsylvania State University.

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