Law notes; MacElree Harvey, Crossland, Porzio, Potter Anderson, Public Defender, Faegre Drinker

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blankThe West Chester, PA law firm of MacElree Harvey will bolster its Delaware presence with the addition of Crossland Heinle & Bryde, Hockessin, effective July 1.

The merger will add four or more lawyers and five support staff to its Delaware presence. The firm will have 12 lawyers in offices in Centreville and Hockessin.

MacElree Harvey will have 42 lawyers practicing out of five offices in Pennsylvania and the region.

The Crossland attorneys have experience in trusts and estates, business, and real estate.

Said MacElree’s CEO Michelle Foster, “we are tremendously excited about this merger and the opportunities it affords our Delaware current and future clients. This merger is in furtherance of our Strategic Plan to only grow with exceptional lawyers who share our deep commitment to providing outstanding service to our clients. We are so pleased to have found a firm that indeed does share our values and has a culture of collegiality, integrity, and professionalism close to our own.”

The following Crossland lawyers will join MacElree in Delaware:

  • Daniel T. Crossland, partner — estate planning/probate, business, and real estate
  • Carolina R. Heinle, partner — estate planning/probate
  • Danielle Sawyer, associate — estate planning/probate
  • Courtney D. Heinle, Of Counsel — elder law
  • Sean M. Quinn, law clerk – soon to take Delaware Bar

Good to head Potter Anderson bankruptcy practice

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington, announced the appointment of partner L. Katherine Good as the head of the firm’s bankruptcy practice. Good will be taking over this role from Jeremy W. Ryan, who joined the firm’s Executive Committee as leader of the General Litigation Group earlier this year.


Good joined the firm in 2019 and has been recognized by several publications, including Chambers USA, for her work handling domestic and cross-border bankruptcies. She regularly represents debtors, secured lenders, committees, asset purchasers, liquidation trusts, and other parties in chapter 11 cases, as well as foreign representatives and other parties in chapter 15 ancillary proceedings.

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.

O’Connell nominated to head public defenders office

Gov. John Carney nominated Kevin O’Connell to serve as the next Chief Defender for the State of Delaware, leading the Delaware Office of Defense Services (ODS).

O’Connell has more than 30 years of experience representing indigent criminal clients. He has been with the ODS since 2005, most recently as the head of the New Castle County Division and head of the office’s Superior Court Unit. Before that, O’Connell was in private practice. O’Connell is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a founding member of the Delaware Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Widener University Delaware Law School.

O’Connell would replace Brendan O’Neill, who retired late last month. Former Gov. Jack Markell first appointed O’Neill in 2009.

Nwaeze joins Faegre Drinker as partner

Faegre Drinker announced that Oderah Nwaeze has joined the firm’s Philadelphia and Wilmington offices as a partner in the litigation practice. Nwaeze was previously a partner with Duane Morris LLP.

A first-chair trial attorney who helps clients resolve complex corporate and commercial disputes, Nwaeze’s practice includes matters involving shareholder rights, actions arising under Delaware General Corporation Law and Delaware common law; lawsuits stemming from mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions; and breach of contract matters.

Nwaeze earned his Juris Doctor from the Emory University School of Law. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University.

Porzio Bromberg expands business law practice

Cheryl Santaniello

Porzio Bromberg and Newman, P.C launched an expanded business law practice, chaired by PrincipalPamela M. Kapsimalis.

Porzio’s Business Law team provides counseling and corporate transactional support to all types and sizes of businesses, concentrating on middle-market businesses based in New Jersey, Delaware, and New York.

One of the attorneys for the group is Cheryl Santaniello,principal of the Wilmington office.

Founded in 1962, Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. is a full-service law firm with more than 90 lawyers throughout offices in New York City, Morristown, Ocean City, and Princeton, NJ Wilmington, Westborough, MA, and San Juan, PR.

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