Local Counsel with Mary I. Akhimien

The Wilmington attorney tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Published in 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine

By Mary I. Akhimien on May 12, 2017


Best place to take a client  –  Hotel du Pont’s Green Room. However, if Wolfgang Puck ever opens a restaurant in Delaware, I’ll need to amend my answer. 

Favorite watering hole  –  Chelsea Tavern.

Favorite building  –  Delaware Supreme Court. When an attorney passes the Delaware Bar, the attorney’s name is engraved on a small brass placard attached to a wooden panel mounted to the wall alongside the door to the court.

Best restaurant​​​​​​​  –  La Fia. The food is amazing!

Weekend getaway​​​​​​​  –  Rehoboth Beach.

Favorite historical fact about Wilmington​​​​​​​  –  Delaware was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

Saddest historical fact about Wilmington​​​​​​​  –  Lack of diversity and inclusion.

Favorite historical site​​​​​​​  –  Historic New Castle.

Favorite city event​​​​​​​  –  Point-to-Point is a Delaware signature event in the Brandywine Valley and is similar to the Kentucky Derby.

Favorite historical resident​​​​​​​  –  Louis Redding, Esquire. Mr. Redding was the first African-American to be admitted to the Delaware Bar and was part of the NAACP legal team that challenged school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education.

Where to go after a win?​​​​​​​  –  Tonic.

Where to go after a loss?​​​​​​​  –  Home sweet home.

Favorite breakfast spot​​​​​​​  –  Hotel du Pont’s Green Room. The scrambled eggs with smoked salmon is delicious. 

Favorite local beer​​​​​​​  –  Shirley Temple on the rocks. I don’t drink!

Favorite park​​​​​​​  –  Glasgow Park.

Go-To arts venue​​​​​​​  –  Winterthur Museum and Gardens.

Best place for people watching​​​​​​​  –  Harry’s Seafood Grill has a nice riverside patio.

Favorite local shop​​​​​​​  –  UDairy Creamery makes the best premium homemade ice cream. It is a local shop run by University of Delaware students.

Favorite coffee shop​​​​​​​  –  Brew Ha Ha! has some great handcrafted artisan coffee.

Favorite pizza joint​​​​​​​  –  Pizza by Elizabeths. Simply amazing food and great ambience, too.

Place to take out-of-town guests​​​​​​​  –  Longwood Gardens.

Favorite city law​​​​​​​  –  Delaware does not impose a state or local sales tax.

Weirdest city law​​​​​​​  –  No person shall pretend to sleep on a bench on the boardwalk. 

Best view​​​​​​​​​​​​​​  –  Any Delaware beach at sunset.

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