Lewis Brisbois’ Delaware Office, Francis Pileggi Profiled in Law360 Pulse Article

Wilmington, Del. (May 23, 2024) – Wilmington Managing Partner Francis Pileggi recently spoke with Law360 Pulse for an article that profiles Lewis Brisbois’ Wilmington office. The article titled, “Office Snapshot: Lewis Brisbois' Delaware Digs,” describes the history and growth of the office as well as the practices of the attorneys in Wilmington.

As the article explains, Lewis Brisbois’ Delaware office opened at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 with Mr. Pileggi and one associate for the purpose of bolstering its national corporate litigation and deals practices, among others. The office now includes eight partners, three associates, and nine business professionals.

Noting that Mr. Pileggi previously spoke with Law360 about the office’s expansion, the article also describes Mr. Pileggi’s career, explaining that he launched Lewis Brisbois’ Wilmington office after leading the Delaware offices of two other national law firms. The article further states that Mr. Pileggi serves as a chair of Lewis Brisbois’ Directors & Officers Litigation Practice and as a member of its Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. He litigates disputes involving corporations, stockholders, corporate board members, limited liability company members, and other parties. He also is a certified mediator, and created the Delaware Corporate & Commercial Litigation Blog, which provides analyses of Delaware Supreme Court and Chancery Court decisions.

Mr. Pileggi told Law360 Pulse that the attorneys in Lewis Brisbois' Wilmington office handle a "broad range of litigation and transactional work." He described, "Although we represent a fair number of public companies as well as their directors and officers, we also represent large privately held companies.” In addition to handling "high-stakes disputes over control of a company," Mr. Pileggi noted that the office also handles “many statutory summary proceedings, such as determining who the proper directors of a company are,” adding that “those disputes can go to trial in about 90 days or so pursuant to Section 225 of the Delaware General Corporation Law."

Moreover, Mr. Pileggi described that Lewis Brisbois’ other offices across the country routinely send cases to the Wilmington office, including those involving insurance coverage, construction, and contractual disputes. He also spoke about some of the firm’s other practice areas, explaining, "We have a hospitality group that handles liquor licensing and related work,” adding, "As a complement to complex litigation, we have bankruptcy lawyers who handle various aspects of debtor and creditor disputes."

The article goes on to describe that in December, Scott Cousins joined the Wilmington office as a partner in the firm’s Complex Business & Commercial Litigation, and Bankruptcy & Insolvency Practices. Moreover, last month, Ann Kashishian joined the office as a partner in the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy & Insolvency Practices. She previously operated her own firm for more than six years. Mr. Pileggi told Law360 Pulse that he expects another associate to join the office this month and also hire a current law school student who will graduate this month and take the bar exam in July.

Read the full Law360 Pulse article here (subscription may be required) and learn more about Lewis Brisbois’ Wilmington office here.

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