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Morris James LLP


Morris James LLP - Wilmington
  • 500 Delaware Avenue
  • Wilmington
  • Delaware
  • USA
  • DE 19806
  • Managing Partner: David H Williams
  • Number of partners: 46
  • Number of other lawyers: 20

Firm Overview:
For over 80 years, Morris James has been serving the needs of its clients such as Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, government agencies, law firms and its community. Morris James’ Litigation Group represents a wide variety of domestic and international clients in corporate/fiduciary litigation, bankruptcy business litigation and employment litigation. Morris James’ Transactions group represents national and international clients, as well as regional clients, engaged in corporate and alternative entity transactions, commercial real estate transactions and business tax and estate planning. The firm’s innovative legal work, creative use of technology and responsiveness to client needs have led to many significant client representations. The firm is a member of E.I. duPont de Nemours and Company’s Primary Law Firm Network, ALFA International and State Law Resources. Morris James is a leader in alternative fee arrangements and early case assessment procedures.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Litigation: Corporate/Fiduciary Litigation:
The firm devotes a major portion of its litigation practice to corporate disputes and disputes involving limited liability companies, partnerships, trusts and other entities in which fiduciary duty constitutes an integral part of the parties’ relationship. Morris James’ litigators often participate in expedited proceedings before the Delaware Court of Chancery. Members of the Litigation Group have served as counsel for independent board committees to investigate derivative claims and to negotiate transactions in which certain board members may not be disinterested.
Contact: Lewis H Lazarus

The firm represents creditors, creditors’ committees, lenders, debtors, purchasers, investors and other parties-in-interest before bankruptcy and appellate courts throughout the United States. Morris James’ bankruptcy attorneys also counsel clients in both reorganization and liquidation cases before bankruptcy courts and in out-of-court workouts and debt restructurings.
Contact: Stephen M Miller

Business Litigation:
The firm has a substantial business litigation practice that involves representing clients in complex contract disputes, tort claims and insurance coverage litigation. This practice includes trials before judges and juries in every trial court in Delaware and appeals to the Delaware Supreme Court. Morris James also has a substantial alternative dispute resolution practice, including mediations before the Court of Chancery and arbitrations of business disputes.
Contact: Joseph R Slights, III

Intellectual Property Litigation:
The firm’s attorneys regularly act as counsel in national intellectual property litigation concerning patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks and antitrust dispute cases. The firm practices patent litigation in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and represents clients in a broad range of intellectual property disputes across numerous industries, including pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, automotive, biomedical, electronics, internet and software development, among others.
Contact: Richard K Herrmann

Employment Litigation:
The firm represents clients in litigation, claims alleging employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, breach of post-employment restrictions, wage and hour claims and ERISA violations. This practice includes administrative proceedings and litigation in Delaware and Federal courts.
Contact: David H Williams

Transactions: Delaware Entities & Structured Finance:
The firm provides strategic advice to clients who are establishing, managing, investing in or financing business ventures that take advantage of Delaware’s unique corporate, business and tax laws. A substantial portion of the firm’s alternative entity practice involves the use of Delaware special purpose entities in the financing of equipment and facilities and in other structured finance transactions. Morris James’ transactions attorneys frequently render legal opinions on matters of Delaware and United States federal law, including bankruptcy law and regularly participate in the drafting of Delaware’s corporate and alternative entity legislation.
Contact: Michael M Ledyard

Real Estate & Land Use:
The firm represents many of the major developers, investors and builders doing business in the Delaware real estate industry in a full spectrum of transactions, land use matters and related litigation, including acquisition, construction and permanent financing, workouts, conveyancing, title, condemnation, environmental issues, leasing, rezoning, subdivision, variances and administrative matters.
Contact: John H Newcomer

Business Tax & Related Planning:
The firm represents clients in a variety of business transactions, including entity formation, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, mergers and other reorganizations and business succession planning. Morris James’ tax attorneys counsel clients in federal, state and local tax matters and provide tax controversy representation before the I.R.S. and state and local tax authorities, both administratively and in litigation. Attorneys in their estates and trust practice offer guidance concerning dynasty trusts, asset protection trusts and other Delaware-advantaged structures, as well as wealth transfer strategies, sophisticated estate planning techniques and fiduciary litigation.
Contact: Mary M Culley

Representative clients include E.I. duPont de Nemours and Company; Apple, Inc.; McMoRan Exploration Co.; Consolidated Rail Corporation; Deutsche Bank Trust Company of Delaware; Wilmington Trust, National Association; Christiana Trust; Wells Fargo; Christiana Care Health Services; City of Wilmington; Blenheim Homes; Woodlawn Trustees; Cadia Rehabilitation; Wilmington Savings Fund Society; Bellevue Realty, Co.; The Onix Group; M&T Bank; Wilmington Parking Authority. Bankruptcy representative clients include: AFCO Credit Corporation; ASM Capital; Windsor Frozen Foods Ltd.; DCT Industrial Trust; Quest Diagnostics Incorporated.


  • 500 Delaware Avenue,
  • Wilmington,
  • Delaware
  • USA
  • DE 19806
  • Tel 302 888 6800
  • Fax 302 571 1750
  • Website : www.morrisjames.com
  • 29 North State Street,
  • Suite 100,
  • Dover,
  • Delaware
  • USA
  • DE 19901-3832
  • Tel 302 678 8815
  • Fax 302 678 9063
  • 16 Polly Drummond Hill Road,
  • Newark,
  • Delaware
  • USA
  • DE 19711-5703
  • Tel 302 368 4200
  • Fax 302 368 6259
  • 803 North Broom Street,
  • Wilmington,
  • Delaware
  • USA
  • DE 19806-4624
  • Tel 302 655 2599
  • Fax 302 655 8831
  • 107 W Market Street,
  • Georgetown,
  • Delaware
  • USA
  • DE 19947
  • Tel 302 856 0015
  • Fax 302 856 7116
  • 402 Rehoboth Avenue,
  • Rehoboth Beach,
  • Delaware
  • USA
  • DE 19971-3113
  • Tel 302 260 7290
  • Fax 302 727 5886