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Chambers USA 2012 Ranks Bayard Among Top Firms in Delaware

Bayard, P.A. announced today that Chambers USA 2012 ranked six Bayard lawyers as leading practitioners in multiple practice areas. The firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring, intellectual property, and real estate practices have once again earned high marks. The rankings are compiled based on in-depth interviews with key in-house counsel and private practice attorneys.

Neil Glassman and Charlene D. Davis were recognized for their work in the area of bankruptcy and restructuring. Douglas M. Hershman and Michael J. Scali were recognized for their work in the area of real estate. Richard D. Kirk and Marla H. Norton were recognized for their work in the areas of intellectual property and corporate/mergers & acquisitions, respectively.

Glassman is a director of Bayard. He focuses his practice on bankruptcy and insolvency law, and insurance and entity law. Glassman regularly represents debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors or equity holders, secured lenders, banks and insurance companies, financial institutions and publicly and privately held businesses in large bankruptcy cases and other insolvency proceedings.. An experienced transactional attorney, Glassman has also developed a substantial practice representing clients in relation to the law of Delaware business entities including corporations, business trusts, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and conventional and captive insurance companies. Neil has developed a specialty in counseling insurance companies in regulatory matters in Delaware.

Davis is a director of Bayard. Her practice focus is corporate bankruptcy and commercial litigation. She regularly represents debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors or equity holders, lenders, insurance companies, trustees, and creditors in large bankruptcy cases. She is also an experienced federal litigator and a former Assistant United States Attorney. Davis was recently appointed to the Special Masters Panel by the United States District Court in Delaware.

Hershman is a director of Bayard. He focuses his practice in all aspects of the real estate industry throughout Delaware and its surrounding states. His practice also includes representations of buyers and sellers of commercial and residential real estate and lenders making commercial real estate loans as well as borrowers in financing transactions. l. He handles transactions involving retail shopping centers, office buildings, apartment complexes and residential subdivisions. He is a licensed issuing agent for Fidelity National Title Insurance Corporation and Old Republic National Title Insurance Company.

Kirk is a director of Bayard. Kirk focuses his practice on general business litigation, intellectual property litigation, administrative law, and alternative dispute resolution. He litigates many intellectual property cases in the United States District Court in Delaware, a premiere venue for such cases. Active within the Delaware legal community, he serves as a member of the Delaware District Court Rules Advisory Committee and recently chaired a special committee of the Superior Court investigating that court’s asbestos and toxic tort docket.

Norton is a director of Bayard. She concentrates her practice on Delaware business entities (including corporations, limited liability companies, statutory trusts and partnerships), corporate governance, and third party legal opinions. Norton has 25 years of experience in a variety of corporate and commercial transactions, including securitization transactions, corporate formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiation and drafting, franchise advice, captive insurance matters and secured lending. Active on several ABA Business Law Section committees, she chairs the ABA Subcommittee on Business Trusts and is active on the drafting taskforce for the ABA Model Shareholders Agreement. She was recently appointed as an ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission (formerly NCCUSL) Series Study Committee.

Bayard, P.A., a Wilmington, Delaware-based firm, has nationally recognized practices in commercial bankruptcy, 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, real estate, insurance, tax, estate planning and estate administration, and domestic disputes.

Chambers and Partners, based in London, was formed in 1969. Since 2003, it has published the Chambers Guide to USA Lawyers. Since in 1990, it has published the Chambers Guide to the UK legal profession. For more information about Chambers and Partners, visit

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