THE FIRM Potter's chancery team impresses with both its size and quality. Sources comment that the firm utilizes well the expertise of its senior attorneys while nurturing an excellent crop of younger lawyers for the next generation. One example of the team's work is its advice to Barnes & Noble on its stockholder litigation regarding its poison pill rights plan.
Sources say: "They provide consistently thoughtful analysis; they are extremely practical. I have extremely high regard for their judgment, and when we work together, it's as a team."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "exceptionally smart and focused" Donald Wolfe is one of the group's biggest names. He "bridges the divide between corporate and litigation counsel; he is both a wise counselor and a hardcore litigator." Recent engagements include Dollar Thrifty's expedited litigation against its stockholders regarding its proposed merger with Hertz, where Wolfe represented the defendant.
Peter Walsh is "a good strategist and thinker who cuts a nice presence in court." He is highly sought after for his ability to "come up with useful advice whenever you need guidance" and has recently acted for GSI Commerce in defense of fiduciary duty claims regarding its sale to eBay.
Stephen Norman is a "fine lawyer" who sources "would recommend to anyone." He was part of the team which advised Hewlett-Packard on the defense of derivative claims.
Michael Pittenger is "a terrific lawyer and a pleasure to work with," according to sources. He represented Barnes & Noble in the stockholder litigation mentioned above.
Kevin Shannon is noted for his background in finance. He "knows as much about valuation as anyone." He advised Airgas alongside Donald Wolfe on its dispute with Air Products regarding the refusal to redeem a poison pill after a hostile tender offer.
Matthew Fischer recently lent his considerable expertise to Cogent in litigation against its stockholders regarding its proposed merger with 3M. He is "indefatigable and dives into any problem; he is a can-do person and delivers."
Sources say key rainmaker Michael Goldman remains "one of the leading practitioners in Delaware," confirming also that they "have complete confidence in his advice and abilities."
An associate with a rising profile, Berton Ashman "has good judgment and writes well."