Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware called on Delaware’s government and courts to stop doing business with Skadden Arps until the international firm closes its office in Moscow following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“While Skadden’s greed in zealously overbilling clients here in Delaware is bad enough, now they are standing idly by while Russia invades Ukraine so they can keep representing oligarchs and foreign agents to pad their bottom line,” said Citizens spokesman Chris Coffey. As long as Skadden puts profits above all else, Delaware’s leaders must take a stand and guarantee that the same firm profiting from Russian aggression does not profit from the state of Delaware. We urge Skadden to immediately cut ties with Russia and Delaware’s government and courts to immediately cut ties with Skadden – this moral failure must not be tolerated.”
Citizens has been in a long-running battle related to the sale of business services firm TransPerfect and billing of services for a custodian and former Skadden lawyer who was appointed as part of the sales process when the 50-50 partners of TransPerfect could not come to an agreement.
Asked why Skadden was singled out, Coffey said, “Skadden has been paid millions of dollars through no-bid contracts and appointments by Delaware courts. Of course, we think all firms with Russian offices should pull out but Skadden is both uniquely tied to Russian oligarchs and receives extensive business from the state of Delaware.”
Citizens, made up of TransPerfect employees and others, more recently focused on increasing diversity in Delaware courts and has demanded the appointment of a Black member of Chancery Court. The court handles corporate disputes and guardianships. In addition, it has launched six-figure advertising campaigns over the years.
Other multinational law firms, one of the latest being Morgan Lewis, are exiting Russia.
Skadden did not respond to a request for comment.