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Administrative Law - Parkowski, Guerke & Swayze, P.A., represents clients in all aspects of federal and state regulation, including administrative appeals and litigation. We are well-versed in the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, which deals with administrative hearings and adjudication, administrative investigations, administrative officers and agents, administrative rulemaking, licensing and regulatory enforcement. We assist clients in the areas of business and economic regulation, industry restructuring and deregulation, contracting and project development, trade regulation, legislative consultation and lobbying registration and reporting requirements.
Banking - With the passage of the Financial Center Redevelopment Act in 1981 and the Bank Insurance Powers Act in 1995, Delaware has developed and maintained a reputation for excellence in the financial services community. Our firm is noted for its bank regulatory practice, which represents clients before federal and state bank regulatory agencies. We also represent numerous financial institutions before the Delaware General Assembly.
Our attorneys represent national banks, state-chartered banks, federal and state-chartered thrifts, as well as licensed lenders such as mortgage bankers, brokers and consumer finance lenders. We help clients structure transactions and navigate the complexities of the regulatory approval process. Our attorneys offer advice to clients regarding business practices, with a particular sensitivity to compliance considerations. We also provide our financial services clients with opinions of counsel on issues involving Delaware law.
Civil Litigation - Parkowski, Guerke & Swayze is noted for its respectful yet relentless approach to litigation of civil disputes in all of our state and federal courts. Our firm's structure and multi-disciplinary attorneys and paralegals allow us to fashion a highly effective litigation team to the specific needs and intricacies of each client's case. Clients are actively involved in each stage of their case, receiving the personal attention through legal advocacy and counsel that they deserve.
Construction Law - Our firm represents owners, contractors, construction managers, developers, design professionals and suppliers in all aspects of the construction process, including bidding and document preparation, contract negotiation and formation, contract performance, financing and warranty issues, mechanics and materialmen liens, and claims and dispute resolution.
Delaware Corporations - Our attorneys routinely advise clients on issues involving Delaware corporate law and Delaware alternate business entities, including Delaware investment holding companies. We help structure business entities, draft organizational documents and provide counsel to our clients regarding fiduciary duties of directors and officers of Delaware corporations. We also routinely provide opinions of counsel to our clients on issues involving Delaware corporate law.
Delaware Trusts and Fiduciary Duties - Our attorneys represent Delaware trustees in a variety of commercial and non-commercial trust transactions, and we advise clients on the discharge of a trustee's fiduciary duties. We also represent trusts and trust settlers in reformation actions in Delaware's Court of Chancery.
Education Law - Parkowski, Guerke & Swayze, P.A., represents students, parents, teachers, administrators and educational institutions in matters relating to special education, discrimination, student rights and tenure.
Employment Law - Employment law covers a complex network of laws that control how employers must treat employees, former employees and applicants for employment. Our firm, which represents employers and employees, has significant experience in interpreting and construing state and federal statutes and case law in areas such as employment discrimination, affirmative action, sexual harassment, employee benefits, whistleblower litigation, wrongful discharge, employment contracts, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Federal Employer's Liability Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and special laws governing state and municipal employment.
Environmental Law - Environmental law is a combination of state and federal statutes and regulations, local ordinances and case law governing clean air practice, water pollution, hazardous and solid waste, brownfields, wetlands and wild lands. Our environmental lawyers help clients obtain required permits and comply with regulations and auditing principles to protect them from violations and penalties; advise them on hazardous waste violation litigation, cleanup, and Superfund issues; and represent individuals and organizations in bringing actions where they believe a violation has occurred. Our environmental law firm also provides defense representation in toxic tort litigation.
Estate Planning and Estate Administration - Our firm aids clients in the estate planning process by providing wills, trusts, power of attorneys and living wills. We also administer the estate probate process.
Family Law - Parkowski, Guerke & Swayze, P.A., handles the full range of family law matters including adoption, divorce, separation, premarital agreements, paternity, custody, support, child protection, guardianship and domestic violence. Our attorneys are well respected for their advocacy, ethics, knowledge and leadership, serving as officers in the family law section of the Delaware Bar, chairing family law committees and lecturing in Delaware and nationally on critical issues including interstate custody, interstate protective orders and child custody evaluation standards. Domestic disputes involve good people at the most stressful times of their lives. Each attorney at our firm approaches the process in a comprehensive manner that respects the client's emotions and personal circumstances while protecting the client's rights under this complex area of law.
Health Care - The health care industry faces complex challenges, including a multitude of government regulations at the federal, state and local levels. Our attorneys recognize these challenges, and we provide comprehensive health care analysis and advocacy for a number of health care entities. Our firm represents health insurance trade associations, national health care organizations, large health care systems, health insurers and managed care organizations and pharmaceutical companies. We routinely advocate on their behalf before the Delaware legislature, state regulatory agencies and local governments, and our attorneys assist the firm's health care clients in the formulation and implementation of appropriate administrative and legislative strategies.
Insurance - Delaware has over 125 insurance companies domiciled in the state and primarily regulated by the Delaware Department of Insurance, and hundreds more that are domiciled elsewhere but authorized to write business in Delaware. Our attorneys have years of experience representing these companies in a multitude of regulatory and transactional issues, including licensing, mergers and acquisitions, intra-holding company transactions, investment limitations, solvency, form and rate filings and more. We also actively represent the interests of our insurance company and insurance trade organization clients before the Delaware General Assembly.
Intellectual Property Law - Our firm has wide ranging experience in copyrights, patents, trade secrets and trademark matters, representing both individual and business intellectual property creators and developers. Because much of today's intellectual property is highly technical and involves technology licensing, our registered patent lawyer is trained in scientific and technical fields as well as the law.
Licensed Lending - Our attorneys represent licensed lenders in connection with regulatory issues - such as licensing and permitted changes and fees - and in connection with issues arising from so-called "predatory lending" activities. We also represent lenders in state and federal courts in lender liability litigation.
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death - Parkowski, Guerke & Swayze, P.A., represents individuals involved in controversies alleging a wrong or damage to others person, rights, reputation or property resulting from events or activities such as motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall, defective products, infliction of emotional distress, intentional misconduct and negligence. We have been successfully involved in handling high-profile, large damage award cases. For additional information, please visit our Motor Vehicle Accidents Practice Page.
Products Liability - Our firm has years of experience representing individuals who have been injured as a result of an unsafe product that was designed, manufactured, sold and/or furnished by a person or company. We assist those injured individuals in bringing their claims and being fairly compensated for their injuries.
Real Estate - Parkowski, Guerke & Swayze, P.A., represents commercial clients, individuals and lenders in all proceedings and transactions that deal with real property - land and the structures attached to it - including purchase and sale, construction, mortgages and foreclosures, leases, zoning, title examinations, quiet title actions, closings and management. We provide representation on commercial and residential development projects, shopping centers, malls, recreational facilities, office buildings and marinas.