Bankruptcy And Insolvency Group Seeking to Expand Its Team

The Bankruptcy and Insolvency Group of Ashby & Geddes is seeking to expand its team with a Delaware-licensed attorney with less than 3 years of experience.  Superior academic credentials and strong oral and written communication skills required.  Must be a team player with an excellent work ethic.  Interested candidates should email a resume, writing sample, and transcript to AMarioni@ashbygeddes.com.

Ashby & Geddes Named to U.S. News and Best Lawyers® 2021 “Best Law Firms” List

Ashby & Geddes is pleased to announce that for the eighth consecutive year the firm has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s and Best Lawyers’® “Best Law Firms” list.  The publication’s 2021 list recognized the firm’s Litigation – Merger & Acquisitions practice in its National Rankings, Tier 3.  In Regional Rankings, which , each of the firm’s core practice groups achieved a Tier 1 designation, including in the fields of (a) Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, (b) Bet-the-Company Litigation, (c) Commercial Litigation, (d) Corporate Litigation, (e) Litigation – Patent, and (f) Litigation – Securities.

According to U.S. News, firms included in the 2021 Edition of are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.  Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.  The 2021 rankings are based on 8.3 million evaluations of 110,000 lawyers from more than 22,000 firms.  Ranked firms, presented in three tiers, are listed on a national and regional-based scale.  Firms that received a tier designation reflect the high level of respect a firm can earn among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and practice areas.  The 2021 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting  www.bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

Ashby & Geddes Named to U.S. News and Best Lawyers® 2020 “Best Law Firms” List

Ashby & Geddes is pleased to announce that it has once again been named to U.S. News and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” List (2020 ed.) in multiple practice areas, including bankruptcy and corporate, commercial and patent litigation.  Firms included in the 2020 Edition of “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.  Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.  The 2019 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client votes received on record.  The 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting  www.bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

Forbes Names Ashby & Geddes One of America’s Top Trusted Corporate Law Firms

In its inaugural list published on October 3, Forbes magazine named Ashby & Geddes one of the top corporate law firms in the United States. Of approximately 400,000 law firms in the U.S., only 243 were selected. Ashby & Geddes is one of only two Delaware-based firms to make the list, and is the smallest firm from the Philadelphia-Delaware region. In addition to recognizing Ashby & Geddes as a whole, Forbes specifically noted the strength of the firm’s bankruptcy practice. Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to develop its rankings, and utilized survey responses from 2,500 attorneys nationwide.

Ashby & Geddes Attorneys Selected For Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 Edition

Ashby & Geddes is pleased to announce that its attorneys were again selected by their peers for inclusion in the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. The attorneys and their respective fields of practice recognized include:  Steven J. Balick (Litigation – Patent), Stephen E. Jenkins (Commercial Litigation and Corporate Law), and William P. Bowden (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law).

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.  Almost 87,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world) and almost 10 million evaluations were received on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Karen B. Owens Appointed District of Delaware Bankruptcy Judge by United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Ashby & Geddes, P.A. is pleased to announce that the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has appointed Karen B. Owens, a member of the firm since 2014, as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware.

“Karen is among the most talented attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of working with over the course of my career. Karen embodies intellect, integrity, dedication to craft and professionalism, and she will strengthen a deep and respected bench,“ said Bill Bowden, managing partner of Ashby & Geddes. “We will greatly miss her legal acumen and professionalism, but we will miss her more as a friend and trusted colleague. We congratulate her on this tremendous accomplishment, and we have no doubt that she will be an outstanding bankruptcy judge.”

For the entirety of her career, Ms. Owens has focused her practice in the area of bankruptcy and restructuring, where she regularly represented debtors and creditors in numerous large and complex chapter 11 cases. Among others, Ms. Owens represented lenders, bondholders, indenture trustees, and various estate professionals, including creditor and equity committees, examiners and future claims representatives, both in Delaware and other jurisdictions.

Ms. Owens is a graduate of Penn State University and American University, Washington College of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, and served as the Associate Managing Editor of the American University Law Review.

Ms. Owens officially will assume her duties on June 17, 2019 in a private ceremony. Once sworn, Ms. Owens will serve a fourteen year term.

Nine Ashby & Geddes Lawyers Are Identified as Leading Individuals in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2019)

The 2019 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized nine Ashby & Geddes attorneys as “Leading Individuals” in their respective areas of practice: Steven J. Balick (Intellectual Property), William P. Bowden (Bankruptcy/Restructuring), John G. Day (Intellectual Property), Catherine A. Gaul (Chancery), Stephen E. Jenkins (Chancery), Andrew C. Mayo (Intellectual Property), Ricardo Palacio (Bankruptcy/Restructuring), Karen B. Skomorucha Owens (Bankruptcy/Restructuring), and Philip Trainer, Jr. (Chancery).  In addition, the firm was ranked for excellence in three of its practice areas: Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, and Intellectual Property.

Ashby & Geddes’ Bankruptcy/Restructuring practice is “highly regarded for its sophisticated counsel on complex reorganization matters,” and “walking into court with them gives you extra credibility.”  Head of the group, Bill Bowden, is regarded by peers as a “shining star” with a wealth of experience handling Chapter 11 cases, while Rick Palacio was described as a “very smart lawyer” who is “excellent at addressing urgent issues quickly, efficiently and intelligently.”  Karen Owens was praised as being “very knowledgeable about the Bankruptcy Code,” and as having “great relationships with other professionals and judges.” 

The firm’s Chancery practitioners are a “respected team with a strong track record in the Court of Chancery.”  Sources commented that they were “extremely comfortable with their knowledge of Delaware law, expertise and credibility.”  Steve Jenkins is praised for his “responsiveness, collaborative approach, knowledge and professionalism.”  Lee Trainer is “highly knowledgeable, very responsive and good at navigating contentious matters in cases.”  Catherine Gaul was described as “very responsive” and “incredibly smart and very knowledgeable about local practice in the Court of Chancery.”

Chambers describes Ashby & Geddes’ Intellectual Property attorneys as “adept at handling a range of work on both the plaintiff and defense side of IP litigation,” and as having “a diverse client base including companies from the biotechnology, computer software and telecommunications industries.”  Steve Balick was described as “a very wise and senior local counsel who has very good insight into judges and very good instincts about what arguments are good.” John Day was noted for his “wealth of knowledge of Delaware courts,” and for being “highly responsive” with “excellent judgment.”  Andrew Mayo was noted for his expertise in patent infringement lawsuits, including Hatch-Waxman litigation, and breach of contract actions relating to intellectual property license agreements, and described as being “knowledgeable about local practice and Delaware judges.”

Chambers and Partners assesses business lawyers across the country using independent researchers to conduct in-depth interviews with clients and lawyers.  Individual lawyers and firm practice areas are ranked on the basis of legal knowledge, experience, ability, effectiveness, and client-service.  For more information about Chambers and Partners, visit here.

Ashby & Geddes Named to U.S. News and Best Lawyers® 2019 “Best Law Firms” List

Ashby & Geddes is pleased to announce that it has once again been named to U.S. News and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” List (2019 ed.) in six practice areas.  Notably, Ashby & Geddes’s “Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions” practice has been recognized on a national level with a National Tier 3 ranking.  In addition, its rankings for Metropolitan Tier 1 include three practice areas:  “Commercial Litigation,” “Corporate Law,” and “Litigation – Securities.”  Metropolitan Tier 2 includes two practice areas – “Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law” and “Litigation – Patent.”

Firms included in the 2019 Edition of “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.  Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.  The 2019 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client votes received on record.  To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer recognized first in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top five percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S.  Over 16,000 lawyers provided more than 1,125,000 law firm assessments, and almost 12,000 clients provided more than 107,000 evaluations.  Ranked firms, presented in three tiers, are listed on a national and regional-based scale.  Firms that received a tier designation reflect the high level of respect a firm can earn among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and practice areas.  Awards were given in 75 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan practice areas.  The 2019 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting  www.bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

Randall Teti Selected As The 2018 Winner of the Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Ashby & Geddes is pleased to congratulate Randall J. Teti, who has been selected as the 2018 winner of the Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition. This annual writing competition is sponsored by the Delaware Bar Foundation and is open to Delaware attorneys who have been admitted to practice for five years or less. Mr. Teti’s article will be published in an upcoming edition of “Delaware Lawyer” magazine, a quarterly publication distributed by the Delaware Bar Foundation.

Ashby & Geddes Attorneys Selected For Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 Edition

Ashby & Geddes is pleased to announce that its attorneys were again selected by their peers for inclusion in the 24th edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. The attorneys and their respective fields of practice recognized include:  Steven J. Balick (Litigation – Patent), Stephen E. Jenkins (Commercial Litigation and Corporate Law), and William P. Bowden (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law).

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.  Almost 87,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world) and almost 10 million evaluations were received on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world.  For the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 60,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition.  Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”