About Richards, Layton & Finger

The largest firm in Delaware and one of the oldest, Richards, Layton & Finger advises Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, venture capital firms, local businesses, and prominent individuals on their Delaware law issues. The firm is home to the largest corporate practice in the state, with a transactional team that handles the M&A mega-deals governed by Delaware law and a litigation team that has been involved in many of the landmark cases defining the state's influential corporate laws.  For the past 15 years Richards Layton has topped the storied Deal tables, serving as Delaware counsel on more $100 million+ deals than any firm in the state. The firm litigated many textbook case law staples, including The Walt Disney Company Derivative Litigation, Lyondell Chemical Co. v. Ryan, and Unocal Corp. v. Mesa Petroleum Co., and continues to be a go-to firm for complex, high-stakes litigation.  Richards Layton also houses the state's largest alternative entities practice, working hand in hand with BigLaw teams to structure sophisticated LLPs and LLCs for a wide range of high-profile clients.

The firm's influence extends far beyond the corporate realm.  Richards Layton has one of the state's leading intellectual property practices in the Delaware District Court, an important venue for IP litigation in the U.S., and a top-notch bankruptcy and corporate restructuring practice, described by Chambers as the "cream of the crop."  The firm also has active and highly-regarded real estate and trusts & estates practices, with teams recognized as some of the top in the state by U.S. News-Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, and Delaware Today, among others.

Richards Layton attorneys play important roles in drafting and amending many of the state's influential business statutes, including the Delaware General Corporation Law, the Delaware Limited Partnership Act, the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act, and the Delaware Statutory Trust Act. The firm and its lawyers are regularly acclaimed by prestigious legal directories such as Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500, IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Professionals, and Who's Who Legal.

Wilmington Origins

The firm's origins date back to the very end of the nineteenth century. In 1899, Robert H. Richards moved to Wilmington to begin his law practice. He was soon joined by Aaron Finger, who enviably managed to escape the gruel of law school, and became a partner sans college or law degree by "reading" for law under Richards. Next to come was Caleb Layton, whose arrival as partner in 1929 gave the firm its current name of Richards, Layton & Finger. As it grew, Richards, Layton & Finger set several diversity precedents in Delaware, being the first major law firm in the state to appoint an African-American partner and a female partner.

Summer Associate Rotations and Mentoring

Richards Layton's summer associate program is noteworthy for the heavy level of experience and mentoring it offers. Before joining the program, summer associates are asked to rank practice areas in order of preference and, upon joining, follow a rotation system designed to promote exposure to different legal areas. Summer associates are assigned one area to start in, and then, halfway through the summer, change to another area in which they work until the end of the program. Extensive mentoring is also part of the program. Summer associates receive two mentors, a director and an associate, who provide them with general guidance, manage their assignments, and answer their questions. 

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Richards, Layton & Finger

One Rodney Square
920 North King Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 651-7700
Fax: (302) 651-7701


  • Employer Type: Private
  • President: Robert J. Krapf
  • Hiring Partner: Paul N. Heath
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 147

  • Employment Contact
    Joni Peet
    Manager of Legal Recruitment
    Phone: (302) 651-7778

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $145,000
    Summer associate: $2,800/week 

  • Summer Associate Offers
    12 out of 12 (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring
    Business Trust and Agency Services
    Chancery/Corporate Litigation
    Commercial Transactions
    Corporate Advisory and Governance
    Intellectual Property
    Labor and Employment
    Limited Liability Company and Partnership Advisory
    Real Estate
    Trusts and Estates

Major Office Locations

  • Wilmington, DE

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