Former Delaware Superior Court Judge Peggy L. Ableman Joins McCarter & English

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 14:25


McCarter & English, LLP has announced that former Delaware Superior Court Judge Peggy L. Ableman has joined the firm’s Wilmington, Delaware office as special counsel in the Product Liability practice group, bringing with her nearly 30 years of experience as a state trial judge. At McCarter she will focus on using her years of judicial experience to provide litigation consulting and alternate dispute resolution services to clients.

Judge Ableman first started as a judge in Delaware Family Court, where she served for 17 years. At the time, she was only the second woman to serve as a member of that state’s judiciary. During her tenure on the Superior Court, Judge Ableman presided over the asbestos litigation docket for nearly two years, a docket comprising more than 500 cases involving litigants from all over the world. She issued many detailed written opinions in an area of the law where written decisions on commonly recurring summary judgment issues had previously been the exception rather than the rule.

She was also frequently invited to speak at national asbestos litigation conferences. In addition, Judge Ableman has authored hundreds, if not thousands, of judicial opinions addressing civil, criminal and appellate matters.

Before taking the bench, Judge Ableman served as the first female assistant United States attorney for the District for Delaware from 1979 to 1983. In 1995, she was the first recipient of the Chief Justice’s Award for Outstanding Judicial Service.

Currently, Judge Ableman is an adjunct professor at the Villanova School of Law. She is a member of the National Association of Women Judges, the American Bar Association, the Delaware Bar Association, and the Bench-Bar-Media Committee of the Supreme Court for which she served as chair in 2010 and 2011.

Judge Ableman is a past president of the Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court and continues to serve on the Inn’s Executive Committee. She is also a past member of the Governor’s Child Protection Accountability Commission, where she chaired and authored reports for two child death review investigations, one of which resulted in sweeping improvements to the child welfare system in Delaware.

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McCarter & English has announced that Thomas Kesoglou, a partner in the firm’s Corporate, Securities and Financial Institutions Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Private Equity Group in New York, has been appointed by the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA) as chairman of its Summer Conference, which takes place in Chicago, July 9-11, 2013. He was also named “Chapter Leader of the Year” by the AM&AA for his extraordinary contributions to the success of the AM&AA New York Chapter.

Conference chairs provide vision, direction and support to exponentially increase the effectiveness for live and virtual knowledge sharing at the Conference and drive qualified connections and opportunities to the middle-market business owners, C-suite executives, private equity and strategic investors, intermediaries and advisors who are being brought together.

Mr. Kesoglou represents private equity funds, mezzanine funds, venture capital funds, SBICs and BDCs providing strategic and legal advice in connection with a variety of corporate transactions, including leveraged buyouts, mezzanine financings, early and late stage private equity and venture capital investments, secondary transactions and fund formations. He also advises investors in connection with the management of their portfolio companies, including follow-on acquisitions, follow-on debt or equity investments, bridge loans, restructurings, recapitalizations (including dividend recapitalizations), employment matters, stock plans and other general corporate matters.

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McCarter & English was honored to receive the Outstanding Law Firm Volunteer of the Year award from the Pro Bono Partnership at a ceremony in New York City on Wednesday, March 13.

McCarter earned the law firm award after 40 of the firm’s lawyers volunteered through the Partnership over the past two years, undertaking 44 matters for 28 different nonprofit organizations.

McCarter’s projects through the Partnership have included:

  • Assisting Habitat for Humanity Newark in the acquisition of land for the development and sale of low-income housing – pro bono work that has enabled more than 30 low-income families to enjoy the benefits of home ownership and a safer environment in which to raise their children.
  • Providing a broad range of employment advice to Bethsaida Community in Hartford as part of what became the Partnership’s 2011 Nonprofit Project of the Year.
  • Establishing a regional, centrally located, multi-agency shared space for the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits where many nonprofits could locate – a project done in partnership with attorneys from Pratt & Whitney.

“The Partnership enables us to maximize the impact of our pro bono program because when we are helping nonprofit organizations, we are helping an immeasurable number of the disadvantaged communities that those groups serve,” said Emily Goldberg, McCarter’s pro bono director.