Young Conaway Honors Two Attorneys For Their Pro Bono Efforts

Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 00:00

Attorneys Martin S. Lessner and D. Fon Muttamara-Walker have been recognized by their firm, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, for providing exemplary pro bono legal service to the community and the bar.

Mr. Lessner, who received the H. James Conaway Jr. Pro Bono Award, is a partner in the firm's Corporate Counseling and Litigation section. Ms. Muttamara-Walker, an associate in the Corporate Counseling and Litigation section, received the William F. Taylor Pro Bono Award.

Most recently, Mr. Lessner and fellow Young Conaway partner Lisa B. Goodman represented the Talleyville Girls Softball League in a hotly contested case regarding the construction of the league's new fields. Mr. Lessner successfully pursued a motion to dismiss the neighborhood civic associations' complaint for injunctive relief and alleged due process violations.

Ms. Muttamara-Walker has served as a guardian ad litem with the Office of the Child Advocate in a number of cases.Recently, she worked with fellow Young Conaway associate Stephanie Hansen on a matter for the City of Seaford involving the rights of families who were burying soldiers killed in Iraq versus the rights of anti-war and pro-military protesters.

In recognition of each award, the firm contributes $1,000 per recipient to his or her charities of choice.

Joseph A. Malfitano, an attorney in the Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring Section of Young Conaway, recently successfully mediated the contentious dispute between Montgomery Ward, LLC and OTC International, Ltd., which has been ongoing for over four years. The dispute arose after Montgomery Ward began an adversary proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on September 25, 2002 against OTC in an effort to avoid and recover approximately two million dollars in certain alleged preferential transfers (Adv. Case No. 02-9282 (RTL)). As a member of the Bankruptcy Appellate Mediation Panel for the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Mr. Malfitano was appointed and charged with trying to bring peace to the situation. After an extended mediation session, the parties were able to bridge the gap to resolve their disputes to avoid further litigation in the District Court.