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Chambers USA 2011 Ranks Bayard Among Top Firms in Delaware

Bayard, P.A. announced today that Chambers USA 2011 ranked six Bayard lawyers as leading practitioners in multiple practice areas in Delaware. The firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring, intellectual property, and real estate practices have also 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. He regularly represents debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors or equity holders, secured lenders, banks, financial institutions in large bankruptcy cases and other insolvency proceedings including insurance company insolvencies. An experienced transactional attorney, Glassman has also developed a substantial practice representing clients in relation to the law of Delaware business entities and a specialty in counseling insurance companies in regulatory matters in Delaware.

Davis is a director of Bayard. She focuses her practice in corporate bankruptcy and commercial litigation. She regularly represents debtors, official committees of unsecured creditor or equity holders, trustees, lenders and creditors in many large bankruptcy cases. She is also an experienced federal litigator and a former Assistant United States Attorney.

Hershman is a director of Bayard. He focuses his practice in all aspects of real estate law in Delaware and surrounding states. He handles transactions involving both commercial and residential properties, including residences, retail shopping centers, office buildings, apartment complexes and residential subdivisions. He represents buyers and sellers of commercial and residential real estate as well as borrowers in financing transactions and lenders making commercial real estate loans.

Kirk is a director of Bayard. Kirk focuses his practice on general business litigation, intellectual property litigation, administrative law, and alternative dispute resolution. 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 alternative business entities, corporate governance, and third party legal opinions. She has over twenty 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, and secured lending.

Scali is a director of Bayard. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial lending, commercial and residential real estate, corporate formation and governance, alternative business entities, and commercial transactions. Scali was recently selected to serve a one-year term on the Finance Committee of Meritas®, an international non-profit alliance of more than 170 independent commercial law firms in 60 countries. The appointment follows Michael’s completion of two terms on the organization’s Membership 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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