Law notes: Pileggi opens Lewis Brisbois office; Cohen Seglias adds attorneys; Kraftschik joins Polsinelli


Lewis Brisbois has opened an office in Wilmington, Delaware.

Francis G.X. Pileggi will lead the new office as managing partner. He will be joined by Associate Chauna A. Abner. Lewis Brisbois has 1,400 attorneys and is based in Los Angeles

Pileggi brings to the firm over 30 years of experience in corporate and commercial litigation. He had been at Eckert Seamans’ Wilmington office.

His practice focuses on representing in high-stakes disputes corporations, stockholders, members of boards of directors, members and managers of LLCs, and others with managerial or ownership interest in other corporate entities. In particular, he has extensive experience in matters involving fiduciary duties and corporate governance, as well as summary proceedings under the Delaware General Corporation Law.

Pileggi has successfully litigated Second Amendment cases and related constitutional issues on behalf of civil rights organizations, both in federal and state appellate court.

Mr. Pileggi is also the creator of the Delaware Corporate and Commercial Litigation Blog.

Pileggi is admitted to practice law before the courts of Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Abner is a commercial litigator with both private and public legal experience, having worked as an assistant city solicitor to the City of Wilmington. She received her law degree from American University Washington College of Law.

Cohen Seglias adds attorneys

Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC expanded its Wilmington office with the addition of Sally J. Daugherty as senior counsel in the Commercial Litigation, Construction and Labor & Employment Groups, Stephen A. Venzie as senior counsel in the Construction Group, and Brionna L. Denby as an associate in the Government Law & Regulatory Affairs, Internal Investigations, Title IX, and Scientific Misconduct Groups.

Daugherty represents small and medium-sized businesses in a variety of industries in business disputes, employment and labor matters, finance and securitization, and business best practices. She brings more than three decades of experience representing businesses throughout the Mid-Atlantic region

She is licensed to practice in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Prior to joining Cohen, Seglias, Daugherty was the managing attorney for the Delaware office of Salmon, Ricchezza, Singer & Turchi, LLP.

Venzie counsels public and private owners, engineers, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, suppliers, and sureties through all stages of public, private, and federal projects.

Further, Venzie assists clients through the various disputes that can occur on a construction project. In addition to his construction litigation practice, Venzie counsels clients through ancillary commercial disputes and issues such as shareholder redemption and operating agreement disputes, non-compete clauses, employee wage disputes, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) levies, and corporate formation and dissolution.

Prior to joining Cohen Seglias, Venzie served as the managing attorney for Venzie, Phillips & Warshawer’s Delaware office and its New Jersey practice. He is licensed to practice in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Denby counsels corporations, educational institutions, non-profit groups, and other entities that are faced with allegations of wrongdoing. Before joining Cohen Seglias, Denby served as a Deputy Attorney General for the Delaware Department of Justice in the Civil Division, Defensive Litigation Unit, and in the Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust.

Denby also served as a trust compliance officer for a large financial services company where she managed legal and regulatory compliance of various trust business lines, operations, and sales groups. She earned her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and her B.A. from Spelman College, and is licensed to practice in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Founded in 1988, Cohen Seglias is a law firm with more than 70 attorneys in offices across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Washington, DC, and Kentucky.

Kraftschik joins Polsinelli

Stephen Kraftschik has joined Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli as Of Counsel and member of the firm’s Wilmington office.

Steve’s practice focuses on litigation in Delaware’s state and federal courts, as well as patent litigation. With a background in electrical engineering, he brings experience within IP matters involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyright issues to Polsinelli, as he has represented clients in patent litigation in the U.S. District Court of the District of Delaware, the busiest patent litigation court in the nation.

Steve joins Polsinelli’s national Commercial Litigation Practice.

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