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Lewis Brisbois Opens Office in Wilmington, Del., With Commercial Litigation Team

Wilmington. Del. (May 7, 2020) – Lewis Brisbois is pleased to announce the opening of its latest office in Wilmington, Delaware, with a team of two corporate and commercial litigators. Francis G.X. Pileggi will lead the new office as managing partner, with Associate Chauna A. Abner rounding out the team.

Mr. Pileggi brings to the firm over 30 years of experience in corporate and commercial litigation. His practice focuses on representing in high-stakes disputes corporations, stockholders, members of boards of directors, members and managers of LLCs, and others with managerial or ownership interest in other corporate entities. In particular, he has extensive experience in matters involving fiduciary duties and corporate governance, as well as summary proceedings under the Delaware General Corporation Law. 

Mr. Pileggi has successfully litigated groundbreaking Second Amendment cases and related constitutional issues on behalf of civil right organizations, both in federal and state appellate court. In both 2015 and 2019, he received the Chief Justice William Killen Award for Distinguished Second Amendment Appellate Advocacy. He is also widely published and often presents seminars on corporate law and legal ethics topics, and recently published a book on legal ethics.

Mr. Pileggi noted: “I am very excited to be joining Lewis Brisbois with its impressive array of practitioners well-known for their national reputations for excellence in their practice areas and exemplary client service. I have worked on several Delaware corporate and commercial litigation matters with several partners in multiple offices of the firm over the last few years, and I look forward to continuing, and increasing, my working relationships with many of the same partners I have come to know and respect as high-quality people and high-quality lawyers.”

Michael G. Platner, chair of Lewis Brisbois’ Corporate Practice, commented: "We are thrilled to open in Delaware with one of the State's leading corporate litigation practitioners. The addition of this team in this location compliments our rapidly expanding national corporate litigation and deals practice, as well as our leading Directors & Officers practices."
Mr. Pileggi is also the creator of the Delaware Corporate and Commercial Litigation Blog, at, which was named one of LexisNexis’ Top 25 Business Law Blogs and was selected for inclusion in the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100. For this work, he has been described as “a brand name in Delaware corporate litigation.”

Mr. Pileggi is admitted to practice law before the courts of Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Ms. Abner is a commercial litigator with both private and public legal experience, having worked as an assistant city solicitor to the City of Wilmington. She received her law degree from American University Washington College of Law, where she served as an articles editor for the university’s Business Law Review

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