Law notes: RLF, Young Conaway, Potter Anderson promotions; Armstrong Teasdale to open office


Armstrong Teasdale plans to open in Wilmington with former Elliott Greenleaf attorneys.

Armstrong Teasdale announced  its intent to establish a physical presence in Wilmington.

This marks the firm’s seventh office opening in the past two and a half years for St. Louis based firm.  Armstrong Teasdale will initially welcome a team of four partners, with plans to expand in the market. Partners Shelley A. Kinsella, Jonathan M. Stemerman, Eric M. Sutty, and Rafael X. Zahralddin joined the firm, effective Jan. 4.  In 2020, Armstrong Teasdale added more than 100 attorneys and staff professionals to its ranks across the country. 

The four individuals had been with Elliott, Greenleaf’s Wilmington office, which is no longer listed on the company’s website.

In the past two and a half years, the firm has added seven new offices across the country. New additions since 2018 include Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Princeton, Salt Lake City, and Edwardsville,  IL.


“While our attorneys in the region have long practiced in Delaware, there is a significant advantage in having boots on the ground,” said Partner and Leader – Eastern U.S. Richard Scheff. “The aggressive growth we are experiencing on the East Coast is very energizing for me personally, and I think it sends a clear message about the firm and our culture. Through these opportunities, we have not only been able to better deliver on our mission of excellent client service, but also invest in putting our people first by providing them with the tools to succeed.”


While the attorneys joining the firm in Delaware primarily focus on bankruptcy and financial restructuring, they have a wide range of experience across litigation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and regulatory matters, cross-border issues, and employment law.

Kinsella represents debtors, unsecured creditors’ committees, equity committees, class action claimants, Chapter 11 and 7 trustees, and secured and unsecured creditors in complex organization and liquidation cases. She has prosecuted and defended hundreds of bankruptcy avoidance and fraudulent conveyance actions.


Stemerman advises clients in a wide variety of complex litigation, transactional, and insolvency matters. He concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate, commercial, and bankruptcy litigation, as well as corporate transactions, workouts, and restructurings. 


Sutty has experience representing companies from formation through dissolution and every step in between. He also advises companies in mergers and acquisitions, financial restructuring, commercial transactions, regulatory compliance, corporate bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and commercial litigation. He regularly represents committees, debtors, debtors-in-possession, secured lenders, unsecured creditors, and trustees in Chapter 11 proceedings, and also represents trustees in Chapter 7 proceedings and post-confirmation estates.


Zahralddin advises businesses in corporate and commercial litigation, insolvency, distressed M&A, compliance, corporate formation, corporate governance, commercial transactions, cyber law, regulatory actions, and cross-border issues.

Armstrong Teasdale is actively searching for office space in Wilmington.

Richards, Layton & Finger announces directors of counsel


Richards, Layton & Finger announced  that it has elected attorneys Katharine Lester Mowery and Jason J. Rawnsley as directors of the firm, and Edward S. Little and Robert C. Maddox as counsel, effective January 1, 2021.

“We are proud of the achievements of these fine lawyers,” said Doneene Damon, president of Richards Layton, “and we know they have the knowledge and experience to provide our clients with the outstanding service and exceptional counsel that are the hallmarks of our firm.”


Mowery focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including intellectual property, product liability, trade secrets, and other disputes in Delaware’s state and federal courts. She has also served as counsel in significant contractual disputes filed with the American Arbitration Association. Prior to joining the firm, Kate clerked for the Joseph R. Slights III in the Delaware Superior Court. She earned a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Washington and Lee University

Rawnsley has been involved in many of Richards Layton’s largest intellectual property cases. Handling complex intellectual property and commercial litigation in Delaware’s federal and state courts, he has significant experience in disputes involving electronics, domain names, software, and pharmaceuticals. Jason received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School, an M.A. from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a B.A. from Villanova University.


Little handles commercial transactions and insurance regulatory matters. His transactional practice includes securitization, structured finance, asset sale and purchase, financing, and secured transactions. He received a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School and a B.A., cum laude, from Michigan State University.

Maddox focuses his practice on corporate bankruptcy, restructuring, and other insolvency-related matters. He served as an intern for the Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia in the Maryland Court of Appeals and with the United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of General Counsel. Bob earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Young Conaway names partners, management committee member.

Anne Shea Gaza

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, announced that three new partners have been elected to join the firm partnership, effective January 1.

Also, Anne Shea Gaza has joined the firm’s Management Committee.   Gaza is the first female Asian American to serve on the leadership team of a large Delaware law firm. 

Gaza will join the firm’s current Management Committee members:  Chairman Robert S. Brady, Vice-Chair, Michael R. Nestor, and partners C. Barr Flinn, Rolin P. Bissell, Edwin J. Harron, and James P. Hughes, Jr.  

She succeeds partner Pauline K. Morgan, who served on the Management Committee for ten years. 

“Pauline Morgan has helped to guide our firm’s collaborative culture and business strategy, which has resulted in extraordinary and lasting growth,” stated Chairman Robert Brady.  “We thank Pauline for her many years of leadership and continued dedication to her robust bankruptcy practice during these unprecedented times.”

Gaza focuses her practice on patent and trademark litigation, complex commercial litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. Gaza is a Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the Litigation Counsel of America. She is admitted to practice in Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Elisabeth S. Bradley represents companies, directors, officers, and shareholders in corporate litigation matters, primarily in the Delaware Court of Chancery.  She  is a graduate of New York University School of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree (B.A.) from the University of Delaware. 

Jaime Luton Chapman counsels clients in complex bankruptcy and restructuring matters and has a wide range of experience in Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings representing debtors, official and ad hoc committees, foreign representatives, lenders, sponsors, and asset purchasers. 

Jaime graduated from the University of North Carolina Law School. She also earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School (B.S.B.A.). 

Michael P. Stafford represents public and private schools in a variety of student and employment matters, including special education disputes, student rights and discipline, collective bargaining, and staff termination issues. Mike also counsels employers on a variety of labor and employment law issues.

Mike is a graduate of Duke University School of Law (J.D.). He earned his undergraduate degree (B.A.) from WashingtonCollege, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Potter Anderson & Corroon names partners


Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington, announced that Jacqueline A. Rogers has been elected a partner of the firm and Aaron R. Sims has been promoted to counsel effective January 1

A member of the Corporate Group, Rogers focuses on high-stakes mergers and acquisitions litigation, corporate and stockholder disputes, and complex commercial litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery. She represented Rent-A-Center, Inc. in the successful defense of its termination of a $1.4 billion merger agreement with private equity firm Vintage Capital Management; and National Amusements Inc. (NAI), Shari Redstone, and Sumner Redstone in a favorable settlement against CBS Corporation and certain members of its board of directors concerning CBS’s attempt to dilute NAI’s voting control of CBS.


She received a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and a J.D., cum laude, from The College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 2012.

Sims, also a member of the Corporate Group, focuses his practice on corporate, complex commercial, alternative entity, and mergers and acquisitions litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Notable matters on which he has worked include representing Gilead Sciences, Inc. in the successful defense of litigation arising out of Gilead’s acquisition of Calistoga Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in both the Delaware Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court, and representing Intel Corporation in a favorable settlement of stockholder litigation relating to Intel’s acquisition of Altera Corporation.

Sims received a B.A., magna cum laude, from George Wythe University in 2007, and a J.D., summa cum laude, from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2011.

Giordano, DelCollo, Werb & Gagne name  partners

The law firm of Giordano, DelCollo, Werb & Gagne, LLC, Pike Creek,  announced  that Achille C. Scache and Jenna L. Stayton have been named partners.

Scache has a family law  practice and Stayton has a  real estate practice.