The 2018 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.” Head of the group, Bill Bowden, is noted for his “experience in bankruptcy law, and familiarity and working relationships with the Delaware bankruptcy Bench,” while Rick Palacio was described as a “very clear thinker, articulates issues well and has a very good presence in court.” Karen Owens was praised as “outstanding” and “smart, responsive and always on top of things.”
The firm’s Chancery practitioners are a “highly recommended team with a strong track record in the Court of Chancery.” Sources commented that “the level of responsiveness and quality of the service are first-rate.” Steve Jenkins is “a highly regarded practitioner” known to be an “extraordinarily effective” attorney who “understands the Delaware courts very well,” while Lee Trainer is “incredibly responsive, highly knowledgeable and very practical.” Catherine Gaul was praised for her “sound judgment” and someone who has a “great sense of the best way to accomplish things.”
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,” with market commentators reporting that “[t]hey are a really good shop and have some really good attorneys,” who “are always easy to work with and well prepared” and who “provide thoughtful commentary on strategy in Delaware.” Steve Balick was described as “very conscientious, thoughtful and responsive,” while John Day was noted for being “a great attorney who is responsive, knowledgeable, and technical.” Andrew Mayo was described as “hard-working and smart” and as having “great credibility with the judges.”
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