The 2020 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized eight 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), 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 “remarkable” and “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 “one of the best lawyers in town” with a particular strength in handling Chapter 11 cases, while Rick Palacio was described as “amazingly responsive, incredibly knowledgeable about the workings of the court and also adept at case strategy.”
The firm’s Chancery practitioners are a “respected team with a strong track record in the Court of Chancery.” Sources commented that they “are diligent, responsive and smart.” Steve Jenkins is a “really smart and creative attorney.” Lee Trainer’s “knowledge of Delaware law and the Delaware courts is superb.” Catherine Gaul was described as being a respected litigator who is a “very smart and efficient attorney with a good presence in court.”
Chambers describes Ashby & Geddes’ Intellectual Property group as “very thoughtful and full of high-caliber lawyers who add value to all aspects of a litigation team, including at trial.” 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 as being “an excellent adviser and strategist with respect to patent litigation and trial advocacy in general” as well as being “an excellent writer.” Andrew Mayo was described as being “awesome” and “a good all-round lawyer and great worker.”
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