Insight Center: News

Pepper Hamilton Lawyers Named to 2012 Delaware Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists


Pepper Hamilton announced that Donald J. Detweiler, Albert H. Manwaring IV, David B. Stratton and Bradley W. Voss have been named by Delaware Super Lawyers magazine as top attorneys in the state for 2012. All are partners in the firm’s Wilmington office. Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in Delaware receive this honor.

Mr. Detweiler and Mr. Stratton have been named to the Delaware Super Lawyers list.

Mr. Detweiler concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, liquidating trusts, litigation trusts and complex commercial litigation. He has over 16 years of experience representing debtors, creditors’ committees, directors and officers, employees, litigants and other parties-in-interest in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In addition to his bankruptcy experience, Mr. Detweiler has successfully litigated, tried (jury and non-jury), and defended several complex commercial litigation and product liability cases in the state and federal courts of Delaware. Mr. Detweiler earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law and his B.A. from Villanova University.

Mr. Stratton is co-chairman of Pepper Hamilton’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group and the managing partner of the firm’s Wilmington office. He has over 30 years of experience representing debtors, creditors’ committees, secured and individual creditors, and parties-in-interest as both lead and co-counsel in bankruptcy courts in the Districts of Delaware and Maryland, the Southern District of New York and other U.S. bankruptcy courts. Mr. Stratton received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Gettysburg College and he graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Mr. Manwaring and Mr. Voss have been named to the Delaware Rising Stars list.

Mr. Manwaring is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. He manages the firm’s Delaware litigation in its Wilmington office. He concentrates his practice in corporate, securities and toxic tort litigation. His experience includes appellate arguments before the Supreme Court of Delaware and federal courts of appeal, trials in complex corporate litigation, preliminary injunction actions, AAA arbitrations, class actions and military courts martials. Mr. Manwaring graduated cum laude from the New England School of Law and earned his B.S. from Lehigh University.

Mr. Voss is a member of Pepper’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He has represented parties in state and federal courts in Delaware and in other jurisdictions, with much of his practice focused on matters pending before the Delaware Court of Chancery. His practice emphasizes commercial business disputes, corporate governance and fiduciary duty disputes, including class actions and derivative lawsuits, actions arising out of mergers and acquisitions, requests for preliminary injunctions and other equitable relief in the corporate context, statutory proceedings under the Delaware General Corporation Law, including appraisal actions, and matters relating to Delaware alternative entities. Mr. Voss earned his J.D., with honors, from The University of Chicago Law School and an A.B., with honors, from Harvard University.

Selection Process for Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

A statewide survey of lawyers who have been in practice for at least five years leads to the nomination of the best attorneys they have personally observed in action. Candidates are also added from searches by an attorney-led research staff for those who have attained certain honors or achievements. A research department examines the background and experience of each candidate. Point totals are calculated from the balloting and qualitative evaluation steps. Candidates are grouped according to primary area of practice. Members of a blue ribbon panel, selected from those with high point totals, review a list of candidates from their practice area. Final candidates are those with the highest point totals from each category. The selection process for Rising Stars is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process except that: 1) to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less and 2) candidates for Rising Stars do not go through peer evaluation by practice area. See http://www.superlawyers.com/ for more detail.