Delaware's legal landscape changed slightly in 2014. Four new firms entered the market while firms established in the state expanded, relocated, or launched a new office. Lateral activity was also busy, with several well-known names moving to new firms.

Among those names is David J. Margules, a noted Chancery Court attorney, who joined Ballard Spahr's Wilmington office after 15 years at Bouchard Margules & Friedlander. Margules told Delaware Law Weekly in May that he decided to leave his old firm after its former managing partner, Andre G. Bouchard, left to become the next Delaware Court of Chancery chancellor.

Ballard Spahr made another high-profile hire in September, when retiring DuPont Co. General Counsel Tom Sager joined the firm as a partner. Mr. Sager will have offices in the firm's Philadelphia and Wilmington locations, but will travel and assist a new crop of general counsel attorneys who are taking over at a number of the country's largest companies. He is also involved in corporate and litigation matters involving anything from antitrust to white-collar matters and internal investigations to environmental issues.

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