Pepper Hamilton announced Donald J. Detweiler, David M. Fournier and David B. Stratton have been named by Delaware Super Lawyers magazine as top attorneys in the state for 2016. Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in Delaware receive this honor. All are partners in the firm’s Wilmington office.
Detweiler concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, liquidating trusts, litigation trusts and complex commercial litigation. He has more than 21 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, 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. Detweiler earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law and in 1992 his B.A. from Villanova University in 1986.
Fournier concentrates his practice in workout counseling, corporate restructuring and bankruptcy. He has more than 25 years of experience representing various interests, including corporate debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, official creditors’ committees and other parties in interest, in complex bankruptcy proceedings pending in the District of Delaware and other jurisdictions. Fournier received his J.D. in 1989 from the Villanova University School of Law and his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1985.
Stratton is managing partner of the firm’s Wilmington office. He has more than 36 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. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Stratton received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Gettysburg College in 1975 and he graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1978.
Selection Process for Super Lawyers
A statewide survey of lawyers who have been in practice for at least 5 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. Only 5 percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected. See www.superlawyers.com for more detail.