Top Lawyers 2013: Readers’ Choices for the Best Lawyers in Delaware

Lawyers on this list were chosen by a survey of Delaware readers. Top vote getters are listed in bold, with office addresses and phone numbers, law schools, number of years in practice, and other areas of practice.




Lawyers on this list were chosen by a survey of Delaware Today readers. Top vote getters are listed in bold, with office addresses and phone numbers, law schools, number of years in practice and other areas of practice.
 

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Vincent J. Poppiti
Fox Rothschild, LLP, 919 N. Market St., Wilmington, 622-4274; University of Virginia School of Law; 19 (plus 24 as judge); alternate dispute resolution, complex civil and patent litigation

Yvonne Takvorian Saville
Weiss & Saville, P.A., 1220 N. Market St., Suite 604, Wilmington, 656-0400; Widener University School of Law; 18; alternative dispute resolution, civil litigation, personal injury, workers’ compensation, toxic torts

Leslie B. Spoltore
Fox Rothschild, LLP, 919 N. Market St., Wilmington, 622-4203; Widener University School of Law; 15; divorce, family law
 

BANKRUPTCY

Tara Blakely
Law Offices of Blakely, Gregory & Pappoulis, 896 S. State St., Dover, 672-7217; Widener University School of Law; 9; consumer bankruptcy

Scott D. Cousins
Cousins Chipman & Brown, LLP, 1007 N. Orange St., Suite 1110, Wilmington, 295-0191; Widener University School of Law; 21; bankruptcy and restructuring, commercial transactions, renewable energy
 

CIVIL LITIGATION

Stephen P. Norman
The Norman Law Firm, LLC, 30838 Vines Creek Road, No. 3, Dagsboro, 537-3788; University of Maryland School of Law; 17; civil rights, employment discrimination, personal injury, real estate

Samuel D. Pratcher III
Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty, 305 N. Union St., Second Floor, Wilmington, 225-6673, Thomas M. Cooley Law School; 4; personal injury litigation, workers’ compensation, business litigation

COMMERCIAL LAW

Scott D. Cousins
Cousins Chipman & Brown, LLP, 1007 N. Orange St., Suite 1110, Wilmington, 295-0191; Widener University School of Law; 21; bankruptcy and restructuring, commercial transactions, renewable energy
 

CORPORATE COUNSEL

Paul D. Brown
Cousins Chipman & Brown, LLP, 1007 N. Orange St., No. 1110, Wilmington, 295-0191; University of Pittsburgh School of Law; 13; corporate, commercial and governance litigation; corporate counseling; business reorganization and restructuring; commercial transactions; mergers and acquisitions
 

CORPORATION LAW

Kurt M. Heyman
Proctor Heyman, LLP, 300 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, Suite 200, 472-7300; The University of Chicago Law School; 21; corporate litigation; commercial litigation, limited liability company litigation, partnership litigation, corporate governance, business divorce, chancery litigation, class and derivative litigation; trade secrets, dissolution and receivership, mediation and arbitration
 

CRIMINAL LAW

Diane M. Coffey*
Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP, 300 N. Market St., Building One, Suite 100, Wilmington, 300-4625; Widener University School of Law; 22; criminal law, toxic tort litigation, personal injury
*In August, Coffey retired as chief prosecutor in New Castle County for the Delaware Department of Justice after 27 years. She went into private practice as this issue was going to press.

Joseph A. Hurley
Joseph A. Hurley, 1215 King St., Wilmington, 658-8980; The Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University; 37; criminal defense

John S. Malik
John S. Malik, Attorney-at-Law, 100 E. 14th St., Wilmington, 427-2247; Delaware Law School of Widener University; 29; criminal trial and appellate work in state and federal courts
 

E-DISCOVERY-TECHNOLOGY LAW

Kevin F. Brady
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, 222 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 574-7412; Widener University School of Law; 28; technology and electronic discovery, electronic information management, data privacy and security, corporate and commercial litigation

Richard K. Herrmann
Morris James, LLP, 500 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 545-1554; Syracuse University School of Law; 42; technology law, intellectual property law, electronic discovery, technology and ethics
 

ELDER LAW

David J. Ferry, Jr.
Ferry, Joseph & Pearce, P.A., 824 N. Market St., Suite 1000, Wilmington, 575-1555; Widener University School of Law; 31; estates and trusts, guardianship, fiduciary litigation

Suzanne I. Seubert
Suzanne I. Seubert, P.A., 1328 N. King St., Wilmington, 661-0400; The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 18; elder and family law
 

ESTATES AND TRUSTS

David J. Ferry Jr.
Ferry, Joseph & Pearce, P.A., 824 N. Market St., Suite 1000, Wilmington, 575-1555; Widener University School of Law; 31; estates and trusts, guardianship, fiduciary litigation

Stephen P. Norman
The Norman Law Firm, LLC, 30838 Vines Creek Road., No. 3, Dagsboro, 537-3788; University of Maryland School of Law; 17; civil rights, employment discrimination, personal injury, real estate
 

FAMILY LAW

Shawn Dougherty
Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty, 305 N. Union St., Wilmington, 655-4040; Widener University School of Law; 24; custody, divorce, property division, alimony, child support 

Leslie B. Spoltore
Fox Rothschild, LLP, 919 N. Market St., Wilmington, 622-4203; Widener University School of Law; 15; divorce, family law
 

HEALTH LAW

Benjamin A. Schwartz
Schwartz & Schwartz, Attorneys at Law, 1140 S. State St., Dover, 678-8700; New York Law School; 11; personal injury, wrongful death, health law
 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

Dominick T. Gattuso
Proctor Heyman, LLP, 300 Delaware Ave., Suite 200, Wilmington, 472-7300; Widener University School of Law; 16; alternative entity litigation, corporate litigation, intellectual property litigation
 

INTERNATIONAL LAW

Timothy Jay Houseal
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, 1000 N. King St., Wilmington, 571-6682; The Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University; 22; civil litigation with an emphasis on environmental and insurance litigation, government relations, nonprofit entity representation
 

LITIGATION

Chase T. Brockstedt
Baird Mandalas Brockstedt, LLC, 34385A Carpenter’s Way, Lewes, 644-0302; Widener University School of Law; 13; personal injury, nursing home neglect, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, civil litigation

Samuel D. Pratcher III
Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty, 305 N. Union St., Second Floor, Wilmington, 225-6673; Thomas M. Cooley Law School; 4; personal injury litigation, workers’ compensation, business litigation
 

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Chase T. Brockstedt
Baird Mandalas Brockstedt, LLC, 34385A Carpenter’s Way, Lewes, 644-0302; Widener University School of Law; 13; personal injury, nursing home neglect, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, civil litigation

Samuel D. Pratcher III
Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty, 305 N. Union St., Second Floor, Wilmington, 225-6673, Thomas M. Cooley Law School; 4; personal injury litigation, workers’ compensation, business litigation

Colleen D. Shields
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, 222 Delaware Ave., Seventh Floor, Wilmington, 552-2901; Widener University School of Law; 21; litigation, medical malpractice, professional liability
 

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

Steven L. Butler 
Linarducci & Butler, P.A.; 910 W. Basin Road, Suite 100, New Castle, 544-9094; 10; Social Security disability
 

TORTS-INSURANCE PRACTICE

Vincent A. Bifferato Jr.
Bifferato Gentilotti, LLC, 200 Biddle Ave., Suite 100, Newark, 429-1900; Villanova University School of Law; 27; personal injury, wrongful death, worker’s compensation

Chase T. Brockstedt
Baird Mandalas Brockstedt, LLC, 34385A Carpenter’s Way, Lewes, 644-0302; Widener University School of Law; 13; personal injury, nursing home neglect, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, civil litigation

Jeffrey M. Gentilotti
Bifferato Gentilotti LLC, 200 Biddle Ave., Suite 100, Newark, 429-1900; Villanova University School of Law; 27; civil litigations with an emphasis on environmental and insurance coverage litigation, government relations, nonprofit entity representation

Samuel D. Pratcher III
Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty, 305 N. Union St., Second Floor, Wilmington, 225-6673, Thomas M. Cooley Law School; 4; personal injury litigation, workers’ compensation, business litigation

David W. Marston Jr. 
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, 1007 N. Orange St., Suite 501, Wilmington, 574-7222; Villanova University School of Law; 13; litigation, intellectual property


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January 2017

January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Sports Card & Collectible Show at Aetna Fire Hall on Jan. 22—sign up now! -Sports Cards McFarlane Figures Comic Books Non-Sports cards Wrestling Items Vintage Starting...

Cost: $2

Where:
Aetna Fire Hall
400 Ogletown Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: A2Z Promotions
Telephone: 302-983-2636
Contact Name: Bob Harper
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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
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Belly Dance Classes with Zahra Beginner & intermediate classes open to teens and adults Sundays in January starting Jan 8th Beginner: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Intermediate: 1 - 2 p.m (must get...

Cost: $15-$42

Where:
Take the Lead Studio
320 Lantana Drive
Hockessin , DE  19711
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Sponsor: Take the Lead
Contact Name: Zahra
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
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Ah, typecasting—the baritone is always the bad guy! In Devils, Drunks & Dastardly Dudes, we’ll go on an operatic journey of men behaving badly. We’ll add a tenor to the mix, too… but we...

Cost: $29-$59

Where:
OperaDelaware Studio
4 South Poplar St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: OperaDelaware
Telephone: 302-442-7809
Contact Name: Mary Wilcosky
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Come give curling a try! At this 2-hour intro-to-curling event we'll provide a basic lesson then coach you through a mini-game.  Whether you just want to cross #curling off your bucket list or...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Pond Ice Arena
101 John Campbell Rd
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: Diamond State Curling Club
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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Notbybreadalone Ministries presents Feeding the Hungry Outreach. All are welcome to come and partake of food, fun and fellowship. Those who desire a better way of life through Jesus Christ are...

Cost: Free

Where:
2nd and 3rd Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: Notbybreadalone Outreach Ministries
Telephone: 442-0440
Contact Name: Ministers Wayne and Stephanie Dumpson
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Guest speakers Patty Dailey-Lewis, executive director of the Beau Biden Foundation, and Delaware Family Court commissioner Loretta Young will discuss how participation in social media can too...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilmington University - Dover
Building A Auditorium
3282 N DuPont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: Wilmington University College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Telephone: 302-295-1164
Contact Name: Dr. Johanna Bishop
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, Dec 1st thru Thursday, December 15th Winter session: Tuesday, January 17th thru Thursday, March 30th   Drop in on Nature is...

Cost: see description

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Rd
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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East Coast Garden Center Indoor Farmers Market Nov 8, 2016 - April 11, 2017  11 am- 2 pm 25 vendors Location:  East Coast Garden Center 30366 Cordrey Rd Millsboro, DE 19966 302-945-3489

Cost: frr

Where:
East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Rd
Millsboro, DE  19966
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Sponsor: East Coast Garden Center
Telephone: 302-945-3489
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East Coast Garden Center Indoor Farmer's Marke 25 vendors

Cost: Free

Where:
East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Rd
Millsboro, DE  19966
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Telephone: 302-945-3489
Website »

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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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A four-week series of ballroom dancing classes taught by teachers from the BlueBallroom. Tuesdays starting Jan. 10. Classes are $30 a lesson for Non-Members. Non-Member slots are limited. For...

Cost: $30

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE  19958
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, Dec 1st thru Thursday, December 15th Winter session: Tuesday, January 17th thru Thursday, March 30th   Drop in on Nature is...

Cost: see description

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Rd
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
Website »

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Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts January 19th, every other Thursday until March 30th This program is based entirely outdoors and is...

Cost: Cost: $30 for TLC members / $40 for non-members

Where:
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
432 Sharp Rd
Avondale, PA  19311
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy
Telephone: 610-347-0347 ext.104
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MARC BROUSSARD In 2004, Marc Broussard, then a precocious 22-year-old singer/songwriter, released his major-label debut; he called it Carencro, after the Louisiana town where he was born and...

Cost: $22 SRO- $32 SEATED

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
Website »

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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
Website »

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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Tutto Fresco has live entertainment every Friday night from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Call for details. http://tuttofrescode.com/

Where:
Tutto Fresco
514 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE  19809
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
Website »

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Meeting every Friday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 s. State Street, Dover, 7:30 pm., Private Dining Room #3 in the basement. For those who have, or think they may have a gambling problem....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
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January 3 - 28  “Winter Group Show” Rotating Group Show features a variety of art in different styles and media. Custom Framing & Gift Certificates are always available. Gallery Hours:...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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January 28 – Saturday – 1 to 4 p.m. Science Saturday – Truss Me, You Won’t Fall! Become an engineer for the day. Design a bridge to hold as much weight as possible....

Cost: Activities are included in regular admission and free for members.

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum
Telephone: (302) 65802400 x 238
Contact Name: Jessica Eisenbrey
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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
Website »

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GRILLED CHEESE AND CRAFT BEER TASTING We have taken two of the best things on earth and paired them together – Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer – and paired them together in unexpected and...

Cost: $40

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
Contact Name: MP Intern
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Saturday, January 28, 2017 at  7:30 pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 763 Valley Forge Rd, Wayne, PA 19087 Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3 pm at Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square...

Cost: Tickets are $25 online, and $30 at the door. Student tickets $10 at the door.

Where:
Church of the Holy Trinity
1904 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Sponsor: Lyric Fest
Telephone: 215-438-1702
Contact Name: Jessica Nelson
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Fan favorite, Dick Smith, returns to the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society concert stage on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 for a show that is sure to bring the house down! Dick Smith has been a...

Cost: $15 Adults; $10 Students

Where:
John Dickinson High School Auditorium
1801 Milltown Road
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Dickinson Theatre Organ Society
Telephone: 302-995-2603
Contact Name: Bob Dilworth
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The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society presents Dick Smith. For tickets, click here: http://www.dtoskimball.org/events-tickets/ticket-information/ For further information, please call us at...

Where:
, DE

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The Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware, presents The Bells by Theresa Rebeck. During the great Yukon gold rush of the...

Cost: $15 - $30

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: Resident Ensemble Players
Telephone: (302) 831-2204
Website »

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Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-3396
Contact Name: Kathy Buterbaugh
Website »

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MOTHERSHIP Mothership is the area's premier Led Zeppelin Tribute show. Composed of seasoned, professional musicians Mario Padovani - vocals, keyboards, Frank Ginocchio - drums, Chris Julian -...

Cost: 15

Where:
World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 215-222-1400
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