Casarino Christman Shalk Ransom & Doss, P.A.

Casarino Christman Shalk Ransom & Doss, P.A.

The attorneys at Casarino Christman Shalk Ransom & Doss, P.A., are skilled litigators who provide legal representation tailored to the unique needs of businesses and individuals in Delaware courts.

Firm Overview

Our civil litigation practice encompasses a variety of legal matters, including general civil litigation, business bankruptcy and insurance-related disputes. We also provide mediation and arbitration services in state and federal courts, including the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

We have built a reputation for providing professional, skilled and experienced advocacy for clients. The firm is AV Preeminent peer review rated* through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available. Members of our firm have been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Located in Wilmington, Delaware, the attorneys at Casarino Christman Shalk Ransom & Doss, P.A., represent clients throughout New Castle County, Kent County and Sussex County, including Wilmington, New Castle, Newark, Dover and Georgetown.
Main Office
Main Office
405 North King Street
Suite 300, The Renaissance
Wilmington  DE  19899
Phone
  • 302-594-4500
Websites
Bankruptcy
Individuals and businesses rely on the attorneys at Casarino Christman Shalk Ransom & Doss, P.A., for efficient and effective legal counsel designed to protect their rights and interests.
We handle cases in Delaware state and federal courts, including the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
Litigation can be costly and disruptive. Our Delaware lawyers work to successfully and cost-effectively resolve legal disputes out of court. If an out-of-court resolution is not possible, our trial and appellate attorneys are skilled litigators ready to protect our clients' interests in court.

Donald Ransom leads the firm's business bankruptcy practice which focuses on protecting creditors' rights in corporate and commercial bankruptcy matters, including adversary proceedings, avoidance and preference actions, preference defense and fraudulent transfer defense and motions to obtain relief from stay.

Stephen P. Casarino

Stephen P. Casarino was a founding member of the firm who retired on December 31, 2013. Mr. Casarino had a distinguished career as an attorney and is among the most experienced litigation attorneys in the State of Delaware. Mr. Casarino's distinguished practice involved civil litigation and appellate practice for over 40 years. He was a Member of the International Society of Barristers, a Fellow with the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the only attorney in Delaware to hold the rank of Diplomat in that organization, having handled more than 100 jury trials to verdict during his career. Each of these organizations admit members only by invitation who meet high standards of advocacy and professionalism and Mr. Casarino was one of very few attorneys in Delaware to be invited to join all of these organizations.

Mr. Casarino holds an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register. He was a graduate of University of Delaware, obtaining his B.A. in 1963 and Catholic University of America, receiving his LL.B. in 1966. He became a member of the Bar of the State of Delaware in 1966 and was admitted to practice in front of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Casarino's dedication to the practice of law and his clients has set an exemplary model for the attorneys who have grown under his leadership. His enthusiasm for jury trials carried beyond his own cases, as he advised and supported the other attorneys in their trial endeavors. He continually built solid relationships with his clients while earning the utmost respect from Judges across the state of Delaware. His commitment to the firm, his fellow attorneys, and his presence in the courtroom will be sorely missed, but greatly admired for years to come.
Education
  • Catholic University of America
    LL.B.

Colin M. Shalk

Colin M. Shalk was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1947. Following service in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1971, he attended Ohio University and the University of Delaware, receiving a B.A., with high honors in 1974. He studied law at Dickinson School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 1977. He has been a member of the Bar of the State of Delaware since January of 1978. He is also admitted to practice in front of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He holds an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register.

Mr. Shalk is a founding member and Director of the firm. He has served as a Law Clerk to the Superior Court of the State of Delaware from 1977 to1978. He has been in private practice continuously since 1978. Mr. Shalk's experience has included extensive civil litigation in many areas as well as appellate practice. He is an Associate Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Barrister with the American Inns of Court (Rodney Chapter). He has served as an Associate Member of the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners, 1985-1988.

Mr. Shalk is a Member of the Delaware State Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the Defense Counsel of Delaware. He has spoken at numerous seminars on trial practice and related issues.
Education
  • Dickinson School of Law
    J.D.

Beth H. Christman

Beth H. Christman was born in Utrecht, The Netherlands in 1955. She received her B.A. from Central College in 1977 and studied law at The National Law Center at George Washington University, receiving her J.D. in 1980. She was initially admitted to the Bar in the District of Columbia and became admitted to the Bar of the State of Delaware in 1982. She is also a Member of the Bar in Pennsylvania. She has been admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the United States Supreme Court. She holds a BV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register.

Ms. Christman has been in private practice in the State of Delaware continuously since 1982. She is a founding member and serves as Managing Director of the firm. Her practice has concentrated on civil litigation, defense matters and acting as local counsel in the Superior Court for the State of Delaware as well as the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

Ms. Christman is an Associate with the American Board of Trial Advocates. She is a member of the Defense Counsel of Delaware, the Defense Research Institute and is an Associate Member of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. Christman has served as a member of the Delaware Superior Court Civil Rules Committee. She has spoken at many seminars regarding trial practice and worker's compensation.
Education
  • The National Law Center at George Washington University
    J.D.

Donald M. Ransom

Donald M. Ransom was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1961. He attended the University of Delaware where he received his B.A. in 1984. He studied law at Villanova University School of Law, obtaining his J.D. in 1987. He was admitted to practice before the Bar in the State of Delaware in 1987 and in the State of Pennsylvania in 1988. Following a one year course of study in accounting, economics and corporate finance, he earned a Finance and Accounting Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business in 2009. In addition, Mr. Ransom is admitted to practice before the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Delaware and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He holds a BV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register.

Mr. Ransom has been in private practice in Delaware since 1987. He joined the firm shortly after its inception. He is a director of the firm and leads its bankruptcy and creditors' rights practice. Mr. Ransom also regularly handles matters involving insurance fraud and bad faith. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Mr. Ransom is a Member of the American Bankruptcy Institute as well as the Delaware and American Bar Associations. He is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association Bankruptcy Litigation Committee and Bankruptcy Rules Committee. He is also a member of the Mediation Panel for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and the Delaware Superior Court Mediation Panel. He is also a former member of the Federal Civil Panel for the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.
Education
  • Villanova University School of Law
    J.D.

Kenneth M. Doss

Kenneth M. Doss was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1965. He attended the University of Virginia, obtaining his B.A. in 1987 and studied law at The T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond, receiving his J.D. in 1990. Mr. Doss was admitted to bar in the State of Delaware in 1990 and in the State of Pennsylvania in 1991. He is also admitted to practice in before the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. He holds a BV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register.

Mr. Doss is a Director of the firm and has been in private practice with the firm since 1990. His practice includes civil litigation, appellate work and handling insurance matters.

Mr. Doss is a member of the Delaware Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Defense Counsel of Delaware and the Defense Research Institute and is a Cooperating Attorney with Delaware Volunteer Legal Services.
Education
  • The T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond
    J.D.

Thomas P. Leff

Thomas P. Leff was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, 1950. He attended Case Western Reserve University, obtaining his B.A. in 1972 and his M.F.A. in 1975. Following his first career of 17 years in academe as a professor of English and Drama he attended the University of Maryland Thurgood Marshall School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 1995. While at the University of Maryland, he served on the Maryland Law Review, from 1993 to 1995, acting as Notes and Comments Editor from 1994 to 1995.

Mr. Leff then served as a Law Clerk to the Superior Court of the State of Delaware from 1996-1998. He also acted as Reporter and General Editor for the first set of pattern jury instructions for the State of Delaware, entitled Pattern Jury Instructions for Civil Practice in the Superior Court of the State of Delaware, (1997). He was admitted to bar in the State of Maryland in 1995 and in the State of Delaware in 1997. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. He holds a BV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Mr. Leff is a Director of the firm and has been in practice with the firm since 1998. His practice involves civil litigation and insurance defense matters and Mr. Leff handles many of the firm's appellate matters. He is a Member of the Delaware State Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association.
Education
  • University of Maryland Thurgood Marshall School of Law
    J.D.

Matthew E. O'Byrne

Matthew E. O'Byrne was born in Willingboro, New Jersey in 1977. He attended the University of Delaware, obtaining his B.A. in 2000. He studied law at the Rutgers School of Law - Camden and received his J.D. in 2003.

Mr. O'Byrne was admitted to Bar of the State of Delaware in 2003. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

He is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association and American Bar Association. He is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association Bankruptcy Litigation Committee and Bankruptcy Rules Committee. His practice is concentrated in civil litigation.
Education
  • Rutgers School of Law - Camden
    J.D.

Joel Fredricks

Joel Fredricks was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1984. He attended the University of Delaware, obtaining his B.S. in 2006. He studied law at Widener University School of Law and received his J.D. in 2009. While attending law school, Mr. Fredricks served as an extern for the Honorable Gregory M. Sleet, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. He was admitted to the bar of the State of Delaware in 2009 and the U.S. District Court for the State of Delaware in 2010. He was also admitted to the bar of the State of New Jersey in 2009 and the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2010.
Education
  • Widener University School of Law
    J.D.

Rachel D. Allen

Rachel D. Allen was born in Annapolis, Maryland. She attended Iowa State University, obtaining her B.A. in 2007 in Political Science and International Studies. She studied law at Penn States Dickinson School of Law where she served as an Editor on the Yearbook of Arbitration and Mediation. Ms. Allen received her J.D. in 2010.

Ms. Allen served as a Certified Legal Intern with the Penn State Family Law Clinic in 2009 and 2010. She then served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert B. Coonin and the Honorable Arlene Minus Coppadge of the Family Court of the State of Delaware from 2010 to 2011. She was admitted to the bar of the State of Delaware in March 2011.

Ms. Allen is a member of the American Bar Association and the Delaware State Bar Association.
Education
  • Penn States Dickinson School of Law
    J.D.

Lauren McCrery

Lauren McCrery was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She attended Yale University, obtaining her B.A. in History in 2007. She studied law at Widener University School of Law and received her J.D. in 2012.

Ms. McCrery served as a Certified Legal Intern with the Delaware Civil Clinic in 2011 and 2012. She then served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Jay H. Conner and the Honorable Mark D. Buckworth of the Family Court of the State of Delaware from 2012-2013. Ms. McCrery was admitted to the Bar of the State of Delaware in December 2012.
Education
  • Widener University School of Law
    J.D.

Catherine Cramer

Catherine Cramer was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She attended Fordham University and received her bachelors degree, cum laude, in English and Communications in 2009.

She studied law at Temple University Beasley School of Law where she obtained her J.D., cum laude, and a certificate in Trial Advocacy & Litigation in May 2013. While in law school, Catherine served as a law clerk to the Honorable L. Philippe Restrepo, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, through the Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Clinical program. She was a member of the Temple National Trial Team where she won the championship at the National Civil Rights Trial Tournament in 2012, and the Best Advocate Award at the American Association of Justice Trial Tournament in 2013. Catherine also won the Barrister's Award for the best advocate in Trial Advocacy I, Trial Advocacy II and Advanced Trial Advocacy. Upon graduation, Catherine received the Jerome M. Staller "Excellence in Litigation Award" presented to the school's most promising civil litigator.

Catherine was admitted to the bar of the State of New Jersey in 2013, and the bar of the State of Delaware in 2014. She is currently a volunteer mock trial coach for Girard College, and an adjunct professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law in the Advanced Trial Advocacy Program, coaching Temple Law School's National Trial Team.
Education
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law
    J.D.

Michael Hendee

Michael Hendee was born in Somers Point, New Jersey. He attended Wake Forest University, earning his B.A. in 2002. He studied law at Widener University School of Law and earned his J.D. in 2008.

Mr. Hendee served as a Student Assistant District Attorney with the Delaware County (PA) District Attorney's Office in 2007 and 2008. He then served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Delaware Attorney General's Office from 2008 - 2014. During his time as a Deputy Attorney General, he prosecuted and tried a wide variety of criminal and motor vehicle cases, including traffic offenses, DUI, misdemeanor and felony offenses. He has practiced in the Superior Court, Court of Common Pleas and Justice of the Peace courts. Mr. Hendee was admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey in December 2008 and the Bar of the State of Delaware in February 2009.
Education
  • Widener University School of Law
    J.D.

Colleen E. Durkin

Colleen E. Durkin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Arizona State University, earning a B.A. in Spanish, with a minor in Sociology in 2007.

Ms. Durkin received her J.D. and a certificate in Business Organizations Law from Widener University School of Law in 2013. During law school, she served on the Widener Law Review as a Staff Member from 2011-2012 and as the Managing Editor from 2012-2013. She then served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Andrea L. Rocanelli in the Superior Court of the State of Delaware from 2013-2014.
Education
  • Widener University School of Law
    J.D.
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