Richard Wortmann, CPA, DABFA

Managing member, Richard Wortmann, founded the firm in late 2009. He has over 20 years of experience servicing organizations ranging from small closely held businesses to large Public Companies. Industries have included manufacturing, real estate, construction, non-profit, retail, employee benefit plans, local governments, automotive, education, health care, broker-dealers and professional organizations. Richard has served clients both domestically and internationally.

Richard received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Drexel University in 1987 and is certified in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Richard is active in the local community and has served on the Board of Kendal Crosslands Communities for 10 years. He is currently the Clerk (Chair) of the Board of Directors.

Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) – serving on their National Peer Review Committee.
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) – serving on the Peer Review Committee as well as the Accounting and Auditing Procedures Committee. He is also a frequent author of the PICPA Journal on accounting and auditing topics.
  • Member of PrimeGlobal – serving as vice-chair of their Peer Review Committee and an annual presenter at their Business Assurance Conference.
  • Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Accountants.

RW Group, a “non-traditional” traditional accounting firm

What does a “non-traditional” traditional accounting firm mean? It means that we provide our clients with top-notch traditional services while providing our employees with a relaxed and team oriented work environment that fosters excellence.

While located in Southeastern Pennsylvania, we at RW Group service clients locally as well as nationally, and of all sizes. As a firm, we have gained a reputation for excellence in accounting and auditing as well as for quality control, traditional services and continuing education within the accounting field

The firm is not only committed to serving our clients but also the profession and the greater community.
Firm leadership is active professionally with the American Institute of CPAs and locally with the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs by participating on committees and task forces.

In 2015, RW Group took over the management of Brandywine Accounting. Over the past year, we have had the opportunity to meet and get to know Brandywine Accounting clients. We are happy to announce that as of January 1, 2016, Brandywine Accounting officially joined the RW Group family. We look forward to continuing to build our relationship with our clients and trust that our association will be a long and pleasant one.

About RW Group

RW Group was formed based on the belief that people strive to achieve excellence in everything they do.

Whether they are an individual managing their finances, companies complying with reporting requirements or accounting firms providing professional services, everyone wants to be able to feel confident that they are doing the best that they can. RW Group can help you achieve that excellence by providing assistance and expertise where needed.

Both the firm and its leadership bring many years of experience in traditional accounting services to individuals and businesses: including auditing, review and compilation of financial statements to personal, business and not-for-profit tax returns to its clients.

RW Group’s leadership has held partner roles in large regional and national firms. Responsible for both industry practice areas, firm-wide technical consulting and overall firm quality the leadership brings this expertise to all of our clients.

C. Anthony Shippam

C. Anthony Shippam, partner, received his B.A. degree from American University’s School of International Service, his M.B.A. from Florida Institute of Technology and his J.D. from Widener University’s Delaware School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Mr. Shippam is also a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Mr. Shippam is also a principal of Stewart Management Company. Mr. Shippam is not admitted to practice law in Delaware.

FIRM DESCRIPTION

The Stewart Law Firm LLLP’s extensive experience in corporate transactional work, combined with our attorneys’ diverse backgrounds in federal and state taxation, and Delaware and Nevada corporate and commercial law make the firm an exceptional resource for progressive businesses. Our clients enjoy a unique blend of business planning resources delivered by a team of dedicated professionals driven to provide unparalleled legal services.

The firm was founded on a commitment to providing trustworthy, responsive and reliable service and this commitment has proven itself to be a solid foundation for building long-term attorney client relationships. Our client roster includes a worldwide array of businesses including many Fortune 500 companies, as well as many mid-sized and privately held enterprises. Regardless of size, each of the firm’s clients receives, and benefits from, our unwavering pledge to provide quality legal services within a flexible and reasonable fee arrangement.

Leanne McGrory

Leanne C. McGrory, Partner. Leanne’s practice focuses on matters of corporate and special entity law, including limited liability companies, statutory trusts, real estate investment trusts, limited partnerships, and public benefit corporations. Ms. McGrory provides advice and renders legal opinions in the context of a variety of transactions, such as structured financings and reorganizations, for a worldwide array of businesses from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Leanne received her B.A. degree in conjunction with the Honors Program at the University of Delaware and her J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is a former law clerk to the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is admitted to practice law in Delaware and Pennsylvania and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and the U.S. Supreme Court.

FIRM DESCRIPTION

The Stewart Law Firm LLLP’s extensive experience in corporate transactional work, combined with our attorneys’ diverse backgrounds in federal and state taxation, and Delaware and Nevada corporate and commercial law make the firm an exceptional resource for progressive businesses. Our clients enjoy a unique blend of business planning resources delivered by a team of dedicated professionals driven to provide unparalleled legal services.

The firm was founded on a commitment to providing trustworthy, responsive and reliable service and this commitment has proven itself to be a solid foundation for building long-term attorney client relationships. Our client roster includes a worldwide array of businesses including many Fortune 500 companies, as well as many mid-sized and privately held enterprises. Regardless of size, each of the firm’s clients receives, and benefits from, our unwavering pledge to provide quality legal services within a flexible and reasonable fee arrangement.

Rafael X. Zahralddin

Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena is a Shareholder, Director and Chair of the firm’s Commercial Bankruptcy and Restructuring Department.

The firm’s Wilmington office concentrates its practice representing the interests of local, regional, national and multi-national businesses.

Mr. Zahralddin is a business lawyer who concentrates his practice in the areas of, commercial bankruptcy and restructuring, commercial litigation (including corporate, intellectual property and bankruptcy litigation), creditors’ rights, corporate law and entity formation, corporate counseling, international and comparative law, corporate compliance and related regulation, including under the Federal Corrupt Practices Act, commercial transactions, and cyber law. 

He is also a Six Sigma Greenbelt and has lectured and trained in-house and outside law firms in legal project management, lean practices, and Six Sigma application to value added provision of legal services.

Mr. Zahralddin has also represented a variety of businesses, including large privately held and publicly traded companies, including several established multi-national corporations, in commercial litigation, in disputes over licensing, privacy and cyber security laws, federal regulation of transportation, directors and officers liability, professional liability of consultants and other professionals, federal and state regulation over perishable goods, secured transactions, contractual disputes, cross border transactions, insurance (including political risk insurance), and distressed mergers and acquisitions in federal and state court. 

Mr. Zahralddin’s extensive experience as a commercial litigator also includes experience with the Uniform Commercial Code; Convention for the International Sale of Goods; creditors’ rights; construction; debt collection and enforcement of judgments; unclaimed property workouts, compliance, and litigation; lien rights, (including bonds and surety issues); admiralty; and tax liens; antitrust concerns for creditors, including the Sherman Act, Clayton Act, Robinson-Patman Act, and FTC Act; and cross border and international sales and financing issues.  Mr. Zahralddin has also litigated appeals in state and federal courts.

Mr. Zahralddin has represented a variety of constituencies in some of the largest bankruptcies in the United States, including a variety of individual creditors, creditors’ committees, equity committees, chapter 11 Trustees, and post confirmation trusts.

Mr. Zahralddin has represented statutory employee committees, most recently representing former Nortel ERISA plan participants and successfully securing their continued care and coverage throughout the insolvency proceedings and reaching and liquidating a settlement package of over $52 million for the disabled employees and their families.

Mr. Zahralddin’s debtor representations, while working for several nationally known debtors’ firms, have ranged from local businesses to large publicly traded companies. 

Mr. Zahralddin leads the firm’s representation as special litigation counsel to statutory committees and debtors, most recently for Washington Mutual, Inc., GWLS Holdings, Inc. (Greatwide), and Qimonda Richmond, LLC, and AgFeed bankruptcies.

He has provided corporate legal counseling to entities ranging from small and medium sized enterprises to publically traded companies, including advising and handling matters involving the Delaware Secretary of State in formation, compliance, and regulatory issues. 

He has also been active in distressed mergers and acquisitions, federal and state court receiverships, and in the merger of insurance companies.

Elliott Greenleaf’s success in its representation of the Official Committee of Equity Security Holders in AgFeed USA, Inc. resulted in it being named among the firms that received the M&A Advisor Turnaround and International M&A Advisor awards for: 2014 M&A Deal of the Year (Over $50mm to $75mm); Agriculture Deal of the Year; and Sec. 363 Sale of the Year (Over $50mm to $100mm) in March 2014.

The firm and Mr. Zahralddin, also received the Large Company Transaction of the Year Award in 2014 from the Turnaround Management Association, a global non-profit organization comprised of turnaround and corporate renewal professionals.

He has held various leadership positions in the American Bar Association, including in the Business Law Section and the Section of International Law.

He is currently Co-Editor of the Reorganizing Failing Businesses treatise published by the American Bar Association where he is also a co-author for several chapters, including chapters on creditors and equity shareholders committees, employee issues, and corporate governance and fiduciary duties in a distressed situation.

He has also held various leadership positions within the American Bankruptcy Institute, including Co-Education Director for the ABI International Committee and as an Advisory Board Member for the ABI Cross-Border Insolvency Conference.

Mr. Zahralddin is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors where he is a Governance Fellow.  He is a 2015 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow and member of the Fellows Alumni Executive Committee.

He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (Membership in The Fellows is limited to less than one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction).

 

Neil B. Glassman

Neil B. Glassman is chairman of the Board of Directors of Bayard and chairs the firm’s bankruptcy group. Neil focuses his practice on bankruptcy and insolvency law, and insurance and entity law. 

Neil regularly represents debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors or equity holders, secured lenders, banks and insurance companies, financial institutions and publicly and privately held businesses in large bankruptcy cases and other insolvency proceedings including insurance company insolvencies. 

An experienced transactional attorney, Neil has also developed a substantial practice representing clients in relation to the law of Delaware business entities including corporations, business trusts, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and conventional and captive insurance companies. 

Neil has developed a specialty in counseling insurance companies in regulatory matters in Delaware. Neil joined Bayard in 1986.

Neil is a past President of the Commercial Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association and is presently a member of its Statutory Trust Committee as well as a member of the Bankruptcy and the Corporation Law Sections. 

He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Delaware Captive Insurance Association.

Neil is a published author and a frequent speaker on issues and developments in bankruptcy and insolvency law.

He has been recognized by Chambers USA in 2006 through 2013 as a leader in bankruptcy and restructuring, and was also named by Best Lawyers® as one of the foremost practitioners in his region. (The Best Lawyers in America® Copyright 2013 Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC.) In 2013, he was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a Delaware Super Lawyer in bankruptcy & creditor/debtor rights. 

Neil is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies. 

Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Insurance

Bayard has a long history of advising insurance companies and the regulators responsible for their supervision. Bayard’s attorneys are experienced in working with the insurance industry, both as legal counsel and as business advisors. 

They share with insurers, reinsurers and regulators, the benefit of their in-depth knowledge of Delaware statutes relating to insurance regulation and Delaware laws governing the formation and management of Delaware entities.

Bayard’s attorneys often serve as hearing officers, appointed by the Insurance Commissioner of the State of Delaware, or as counsel to the hearing officers. 

Bayard attorneys have represented the Commissioner as a receiver in an insurance insolvency proceeding in the Chancery Court of the State of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Insurance, as well as insurance companies, on licensing, ownership and control issues, both in the traditional insurance area and the evolving captive insurance field.

Bayard is a founding member of the Delaware Captive Insurance Association (“DCIA”) and Bayard’s attorneys serve on the DCIA board of directors. In the captive insurance field, Bayard comprehensive provides legal services, combining the skills and experience of its insurance, transaction and tax attorneys with those of the client’s other advisors.

Bayard’s involvement in Delaware insurance law is neither new nor academic. Two former and one current Bayard attorneys have been elected or appointed to posts within the Delaware Department of Insurance, one as Insurance Commissioner and two as Deputy Insurance Commissioners.

Bayard is a recommended firm in the following areas:

Insurance & Reinsurance – USA – Delaware

Insurance & Reinsurance – USA – Delaware

 

GianClaudio Finizio

GianClaudio Finizio is a director at Bayard. He concentrates his practice on bankruptcy and insolvency law, insurance law and counseling companies on mergers and acquisitions, including general corporate and business law matters.

GianClaudio regularly represents debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors or equity holders, financial institutions, and publicly and privately held businesses in bankruptcy cases.

GianClaudio also focuses on insurance matters including advising insurance companies regarding compliance with state regulations and changes in ownership or control.

During 2008, GianClaudio performed the duties of Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the Insurance Commissioner of Delaware.

During 2010 and 2011, GianClaudio also served as counsel to the hearing officer in the matter of the proposed affiliation of Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, Inc. with Highmark Inc.

GianClaudio is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Delaware.

Prior to practicing law, he served as a business analyst in Bassell USA Inc.’s Health, Safety and Environment, supporting North American manufacturing, research and development facilities in the areas of product regulatory activities, environmental, toxicological, health, safety, and industrial hygiene.

While in law school, GianClaudio was a member of Basell’s law department, assisting with litigation and corporate governance matters.

GianClaudio earned a J.D., magna cum laude (co-valedictorian), from the Widener University School of Law in 2002, and graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Biology and Italian in 1994.

He served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Jane R. Roth in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

He is fluent in Italian

Insurance

Bayard has a long history of advising insurance companies and the regulators responsible for their supervision. Bayard’s attorneys are experienced in working with the insurance industry, both as legal counsel and as business advisors.

They share with insurers, reinsurers and regulators, the benefit of their in-depth knowledge of Delaware statutes relating to insurance regulation and Delaware laws governing the formation and management of Delaware entities.

Bayard’s attorneys often serve as hearing officers, appointed by the Insurance Commissioner of the State of Delaware, or as counsel to the hearing officers.

Bayard attorneys have represented the Commissioner as a receiver in an insurance insolvency proceeding in the Chancery Court of the State of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Insurance, as well as insurance companies, on licensing, ownership and control issues, both in the traditional insurance area and the evolving captive insurance field.

Bayard is a founding member of the Delaware Captive Insurance Association (“DCIA”) and Bayard’s attorneys serve on the DCIA board of directors. In the captive insurance field, Bayard comprehensive provides legal services, combining the skills and experience of its insurance, transaction and tax attorneys with those of the client’s other advisors.

Bayard’s involvement in Delaware insurance law is neither new nor academic. Two former and one current Bayard attorneys have been elected or appointed to posts within the Delaware Department of Insurance, one as Insurance Commissioner and two as Deputy Insurance Commissioners.

Bayard is a recommended firm in the following areas:
Insurance & Reinsurance – USA – Delaware
Insurance & Reinsurance – USA – Delaware