Karen Jacobs and Sara Gelsinger Recognized in The Legal Intelligencer 2024 Legal Awards

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The Legal Intelligencer

Morris Nichols partners Karen Jacobs and Sara Gelsinger are both recognized among the winners and finalists of The Legal Intelligencer 2024 Legal Awards. This annual awards program highlights the work and achievements of leading individuals and organizations across Pennsylvania and Delaware’s legal communities.

Karen Jacobs is a finalist in the “Best Law Firm Mentors” category. This award recognizes more senior attorneys working to prepare the next generation of legal talent. Karen began practicing in Morris Nichols’ IP litigation group more than 30 years ago. “Karen has been an instrumental mentor, not just in my own career, but the careers and lives of countless others in our legal community and the wider community,” reflected Morris Nichols partner Jennifer Ying.

Among the many professional and community activities on Karen’s biography, she is a former chair of the Delaware State Bar Association’s Women and Law Section, served for more than 20 years as chair of the DSBA Professional Guidance Committee, served on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Lawyers Assistance Fund and the Philadelphia Regional Advisory Board of the Caron Treatment Center, served as president of Delaware Volunteer Legal Services and as chair of the Combined Campaign for Justice, and currently serves as Legal Community Section Chair of the United Way of Delaware.

The winner of the “Best Law Firm Mentors” category will be announced at an awards dinner on May 15, 2024, at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Sara Gelsinger is a winner in the “Lawyers on the Fast Track, Large Firm” category, celebrating lawyers under the age of 40 who have developed an impressive track record for structuring deals or litigating cases. In her commercial counseling practice at Morris Nichols, Sara represents private equity, venture capital funds and open- and closed-end funds, advising on governance, financings, and strategic transactions, including M&A and cross-border deals.

“Much of our work comes from highly experienced attorneys at major national and international firms who have complex Delaware law issues,” said Lou Hering, senior member of Morris Nichols’ commercial group. “Given the complex nature of this work, it is often difficult for young attorneys to gain significant exposure and take a leading role. However, as a result of her careful and thoughtful analysis and deep knowledge of the relevant statutes and case law, and at a much faster pace than is typical, Sara gained significant experience in dealing with a broad range of complex Delaware transactions.”

An active contributor to the Delaware legal community, Sara is the Chairperson of the Delaware State Bar Association’s Commercial Law Section. The Section is responsible for proposing legislation involving Delaware statutory trusts, the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), and banking. At Morris, Nichols, she co-leads the Morris Nichols Women’s Initiative which focuses on the recruitment, retention and development of female attorneys.

View the full awards announcement in The Legal Intelligencer.

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