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Three Bayard Attorneys Named Finalists to Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America” List

Bayard is pleased to announce that Charlene Davis, Douglas Hershman and Jeffrey Schlerf have been named as finalists to Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America” list, one of the most prestigious guides to the legal profession, representing less than one percent of all lawyers nationwide. The list is featured in Lawdragon’s December 2007 issue.

The Bayard attorneys are among 2,500 finalists who were chosen from more than 20,000 attorneys nominated by their peers and the Lawdragon editorial staff for the list. The finalists are selected based not only on the quantity of votes an individual receives, but also on the quality of the votes – giving stronger weight, for example, “to the vote of a corporate counsel than to a partner in the nominee’s firm,” according to Lawdragon.  Recent cases and activity is also factored into the selection process, which aims to reflect geographic and practice diversity, in addition to lawyer excellence.

“We are thrilled with our strong firm representation in Lawdragon’s prestigious Leading Lawyers ranking, and moreover, with the nod this represents from our clients and peers, earned over many years of service,” said Jeffrey Schlerf, Bayard’s Chairman. “It is a privilege for all of us to be included among this esteemed group of professionals, representing a fraction of all lawyers nationwide-especially knowing the amount of detailed and diligent research that goes into compiling this reputable list.”
Charlene D. Davis is a director at the firm and focuses her practice on bankruptcy/creditors’ rights and commercial litigation.  Charlene regularly represents creditors, creditors’ committees, trustees and debtors in many large bankruptcy cases.  She is an experienced federal litigator and a former Assistant United States Attorney.  She currently serves on the firm’s Executive and Marketing committees.  Charlene was recently designated as a Delaware Super Lawyer for 2007 in the areas of bankruptcy & creditor/debtor rights in the June 2007 issue of Philadelphia Magazine.

Douglas Hershman, a director and shareholder, and Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee, focuses his practice on real estate, representing clients throughout Delaware and its surrounding states. He represents both buyers and sellers of commercial and residential properties, as well as borrowers in financing transactions.  He also represents lenders making commercial real estate loans.  Douglas has been recognized as a leading attorney in the field of real estate by both Chambers USA and Delaware Super Lawyer in 2007.  He was also listed among Lawdragon’s 3000 Leading Lawyers in America for 2006.

Jeffrey Schlerf was appointed to Chairman in January 2007, has been a director and shareholder since 1999. He maintains a diverse law practice in the areas of commercial bankruptcy, restructurings, insolvencies, liquidations, loan workouts, commercial litigation and mediation.  Jeffrey’s clients include debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, purchasers and litigants in federal and state courts.  Jeffrey was recently recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in the field of bankruptcy and restructuring.  He was also named a Delaware Super Lawyer for 2007.

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