Richards Layton & Finger, P.A.
One Rodney Square
920 North King Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Contact: Chad M. Shandler

Phone: 302 651 7836

Firm Profile
Richards, Layton & Finger, Delaware’s largest law firm, has been committed from its founding to helping sophisticated clients navigate complex issues and the intricacies of Delaware law. We have been involved in many of the landmark cases defining Delaware corporate law, and our lawyers have long played crucial roles in drafting and amending many of the state’s influential business statutes. Our reputation for excellence encompasses a wide range of practice areas, from high-profile national bankruptcy matters to Delaware commercial real estate transactions. With the state’s largest and busiest alternative entities practice, we are acknowledged leaders in the development of Delaware limited liability company, limited partnership, general partnership, and business trust law. Our nuanced understanding of the law has made us the top Delaware firm for corporate transactions—in fact, Richards, Layton & Finger has served as Delaware counsel on the most deals valued at $100 million or more for 15 years running. Clients, including local businesses, global law firms, and Fortune 500 companies, count on the firm’s exceptional service and deep, practical understanding of Delaware law.

Practice Areas
Administrative Law
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring
Chancery / Corporate Litigation
Commercial Transactions
Corporate Advisory & Governance
Corporate Trust & Agency Services

Delaware Rapid Arbitration
Fiduciary Litigation
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Labor and Employment

Limited Liability Company & Partnership Advisory
Media & First Amendment
Real Estate
Special Committees
Trusts & Estates


October 2022: Richards, Layton & Finger (Delaware) announced Fred Cottrell, a leader in Delaware’s intellectual property bar, has been named chair of Richards, Layton & Finger’s Litigation Department. He handles significant litigation before the District of Delaware and in Delaware’s state courts, including major IP, antitrust, products liability, and commercial litigation. Chad Shandler was selected as the Litigation Department’s vice chair. He has expertise in complex financial, commercial, trusts and estates, intellectual property, and insurance litigation. Kelly Farnan is the new head of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. She focuses her practice on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation in Delaware’s state and federal courts. The firm also announced that nine directors in Richards Layton’s Litigation Department were recently recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, and two associates were named among the Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch.”

July 2022: Richards, Layton & Finger (Delaware) announced new Directors Matthew D. Perri and Drew G. Sloan, and Counsel Jake Crosetto. Matthew Perri focuses his practice primarily on litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery and the Delaware Supreme Court. He handles complex corporate governance, corporate control, fiduciary duty, contractual, appraisal, and other commercial disputes. Matt also assists special committees of boards of directors in investigations relating to stockholder demands and whistleblower complaints. Matt is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America. He has a BA from Binghamton University and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. Drew Sloan advises clients on Delaware alternative entity matters, with a particular focus on private equity funds and structured finance transactions. He provides counsel and legal opinions in connection with a wide range of formation, operational, and governance matters involving Delaware partnerships and limited liability companies. Drew serves on the board of directors of the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula. He earned a BA, with honors, from Rutgers University and a JD from Villanova University School of Law. Jake Crosetto focuses on a broad range of transactional matters, with an emphasis on transactions involving Delaware entities. He assists with numerous aspects of structured finance transactions and advises on secured transactions, debtor-in-possession lending, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital investments. Jake received a BA, cum laude, from Lycoming College and a JD from Temple University School of Law.

March 2020: Former Bankruptcy Court Judge Kevin Gross will join Delaware member firm Richards, Layton & Finger, after retiring from the bench earlier this month. Judge Gross, who served for 14 years on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, will become a director of the firm’s bankruptcy and corporate restructuring practice, effective April 1. As a judge for one of the nation’s busiest bankruptcy courts, he oversaw some of the nation’s most complex bankruptcy cases, including Nortel’s Chapter 11 case and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ reorganization. Judge Gross will continue to serve as a mediator in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and will also be available to serve as an examiner. He is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law.