Kelley Drye & Warren MergesWith Collier Shannon Scott, PLLC

Monday, May 1, 2006 - 00:00

The law firms of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and Collier Shannon Scott, PLLC have announced that they have merged, forming a single firm that will offer the premier practices and distinguished client service for which each firm is known.

The firm will operate as Kelley Drye & Warren LLP nationally and internationally. In the Washington, DC region, the firm will be known as Kelley Drye Collier Shannon.

The combined firm has nearly 400 lawyers and other professionals, of which more than 150 are located in the Washington, DC area.

The merger was announced by John M. Callagy, Kelley Drye's chairman, and Paul C. Rosenthal, managing partner of the firm's Washington, DC office and former chairman of Collier Shannon Scott. Danny E. Adams, who will remain as managing partner of Kelley Drye's Northern Virginia office, and Brad E. Mutschelknaus, who managed Kelley Drye's Washington, DC office, will continue as members of the firmwide Executive Committee.

As a result of the merger, Kelley Drye now offers its clients new or enhanced capabilities in several key areas, including International Trade and Customs, Advertising, Government Relations, Environmental and Antitrust.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has announced that the Eric Wilson has become a member of the firm as partner in the Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Practice Group, practicing in the firm's New York office.

Mr. Wilson, who was formerly an associate, focuses his practice on all aspects of corporate bankruptcy law in both transactional and litigation matters.

Mr. Wilson has represented clients in various matters across the country, including the prosecution and defense of avoidance actions. He represents corporate debtors, chapter 7 and 11 trustees, secured and unsecured creditors including creditors' committees, lenders, landlords, holders of public debt securities and purchasers of distressed assets within and outside the bankruptcy context. Most notably, he successfully handled a bankruptcy litigation on behalf of Deutsche Bank as agent for over $160 million in debt in the Pacific Gas & Electric Company case.

The Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Practice Group represents a diverse client base, including many money center banks, corporations, financial institutions and creditors' committees. Kelley Drye has experience in both out-of-court workouts and in-court restructurings and liquidations around the world. The firm's national and international practice is dedicated to settling complex and sophisticated creditors' rights problems quickly and efficiently.