Bayard, P.A., a Meritas® member law firm based in Wilmington Delaware, announced today that Justin R. Alberto and Kara M. Swasey have been elected as directors of the firm effective January 1, 2016.
Justin R. Alberto focuses his practice on corporate bankruptcy and restructuring. He represents debtors, creditors’ committees, equity committees, and other parties-in-interest in reorganization and liquidation proceedings in an array of industries, including retail, manufacturing, energy, and finance. Justin is a certified mediator for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and is listed on the Register of Mediators and Arbitrators maintained by the Court. In addition to his restructuring practice, Justin counsels clients involved in litigation arising under and transactions governed by the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware. Each year since 2013, Justin has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a Delaware Rising Star in the practice area of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights. He is also named in Delaware Today magazine’s Top Lawyers 2015 list for business bankruptcy. Justin is an active participant in the Federal Bar Association, currently serving as a board member for the national Bankruptcy Law Section and as co-chair of the Bankruptcy Section for the Delaware Chapter. Before joining Bayard in 2008, Justin graduated cum laude from Widener University Delaware Law School. While in law school, Justin interned for the Honorable Henry duPont Ridgely, Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. He also served as the Managing Editor of the Widener Law Review and was a member of the Moe Levine Mock Trial Honor Society. Prior to law school, Justin graduated with a B.S. in Business and Economics from Springfield College.
Kara M. Swasey concentrates her practice in the area of family law, including divorce, property division, custody, child support, adoption, guardianship, and protection from abuse matters. She provides litigation support to Bayard’s bankruptcy, corporate, and commercial law practices. Kara also represents landlords in commercial and residential landlord-tenant matters in Justice of the Peace courts throughout the state of Delaware. Kara is a member of the Executive Committee of the Melson-Arsht Inn of Court and has twice been nominated by the Melson-Arsht Inn of Court to speak at the new attorney admissions ceremony. She is also a Reporter on the Access to Justice Commission’s Subcommittee on Judicial Branch Coordination in Helping Pro Se Litigants. In 2014 and 2015, Kara was selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Delaware Family Law. Her work also contributed to Bayard’s designation as a Metro tier 1 Best Law Firm in Delaware for Family Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in both 2014 and 2015. Kara was named in Delaware Today’s Top Lawyers 2015 edition as a top Delaware family law attorney. Kara served as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association during the 2013-2014 term and Vice Chair from 2012-2013. She remains active in the DSBA Family Law Section. In 2011, Kara completed an intensive professional training program in the art of family law advocacy at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Family Law Advocacy Institute. Kara volunteers for Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program, the Federal Re-entry Legal Assistance Program, and the Office of the Child Advocate. Kara served as an attorney coach for the St. Mark’s High School Mock Trial Team and participated as a scoring judge in the National Mock Trial Championship held in Wilmington, Delaware in May 2008. She served as scoring judge for the state competition. Kara joined Bayard in 2007 after earning her J.D. and M.B.A. from Villanova University and her B.S. from the University of Delaware. She is admitted to practice law in Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Bayard, P.A., a Wilmington, Delaware-based firm, has nationally recognized practices in commercial bankruptcy, and corporate and commercial litigation, intellectual property, securitization, structured finance, and insurance insolvencies. Other established practices include counseling clients in the formation of corporations and other alternative entities, insurance, tax, estate planning and estate administration, and domestic disputes.