Law notes, Feb. 1, 2024


Barlow named to head Quinn Emanuel’s new office in Wilmington


Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, opened an office in Wilmington. Michael A. Barlow  will lead the new office. Barlow joins Quinn Emanuel as a partner from Abrams & Bayliss LLP.

The firm is securing office space in proximity to the courts in Wilmington and will begin recruiting immediately to grow the office, a release stated.

“Our M&A litigation practice has exploded in the last few years – nowhere more so than in the Court of Chancery and, increasingly, Superior Court. Because of our reputation as a trial firm, clients come to us with their most demanding and often intractable disputes. We have tremendous respect for the Delaware court system and its unique legal culture, which is why we’re so excited to join its legal community,” said Andrew J. Rossman, chair of M&A Litigation at Quinn Emanuel. Barlow specializes in fiduciary litigation, corporate governance, and complex commercial disputes under Delaware law.

Before joining Abrams & Bayliss, Barlow served as Chief of Staff and Chief Legal Counsel to former Delaware Governor Jack Markell.


Kaufman Dolowich opens Wilmington office


Kaufman Dolowich opened its Wilmington office and the addition of professional liability attorney Loren Barron, who will serve as the Wilmington office managing partner. The new location is a vital component to the firm’s continued strategic expansion, to serve new and existing clients across a variety of industries in a market so critical to conducting business in the U.S.

The new Kaufman Dolowich office is at 222 Delaware Avenue in Wilmington.

“Delaware has been on our radar for a long time as a central business hub for clients nationwide and a key location within the Mid-Atlantic area,” said Ivan Dolowich, Kaufman Dolowich’s co-managing partner. “We’re glad to have Loren at the helm of this important expansion; she’s sure to be an asset to current and prospective clients.”

Barron handles directors’ and officers’ liability and errors and omissions defense work. She also has experience handling insurance coverage disputes, employment law, commercial litigation, bad faith litigation, general liability and medical malpractice matters.

Saul Ewing names Jones partner

Saul Ewing LLP named Jessica M. Jones as a partner at its Wilmington office.


She focuses primarily on disputes affecting colleges and universities, including representing institutions in matters ranging from tenure disputes and discrimination claims to issues involving Title VII and Title IX, including cases involving sexual assault allegations.

Beyond her higher education work, Jones assists with litigation involving clients in the healthcare industry, including medical practices and nursing homes.

Richards, Layton & Finger tops mergers acquisitions list

Richards, Layton & Finger again tops the chart in The Deal’s annual Delaware rankings of high-value M&A transactions, serving as counsel on the most deals valued at $100 million or more in 2023. Richards Layton has held the top spot on the Delaware deal charts for more than 30 years. “We’re proud to continually lead the state as Delaware deal counsel,” said Lisa Schmidt, president of Richards Layton. “We know our clients count on us to handle their most challenging, high-stakes matters, and we work hard every day to uphold their trust in our skill, our outstanding service, and our commitment to excellence.”


MG+M names Luzhatsky as partner

MG+M The Law Firm announced Irina N. Luzhatsky as a partner in its Wilmington office.

Luzhatsky’s practice focuses on civil litigation product liability, toxic tort defense, complex commercial litigation and premises liability. She has defended clients in claims based on negligence, breach of warranty, wrongful death, and various related claims.

Morris James elects partner, counsel

Morris James announced that Barnaby Grzaslewicz was elected to the partnership.

Barnaby is a member of the corporate and commercial corporate and commercial litigation practice.  Barnaby concentrates his practice in corporate governance, fiduciary, contract, and business-tort litigation. He represents directors, officers, stockholders, and employees in Delaware state and federal courts.

Morris James also announced the promotion of Ryan Keating to Counsel in the firm’s Medical Malpractice group. 

Ryan is a medical malpractice attorney, focusing exclusively on complex cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. He represents injured individuals in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.  Ryan’s practice includes birth injuries and nursing home neglect.