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Chancery — Delaware


Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP - Chancery

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What the team is known for A preeminent firm with a high level of experience and expertise across a range of commercial disputes. Praised by market sources for its work representing an extensive array of clients in lawsuits concerning M&A, takeover battles and proxy contests, among other matters. Regularly advises special committees of independent directors on conflict of interest issues.

Strengths Peers say the team is "at the top of their game." Another comments that "they are responsive, supportive and work seamlessly with us as real partners in representing our clients' interests in Delaware."

Work highlights Represented Ad-Venture Capital Management in an appraisal case in which the Delaware Court of Chancery awarded an appraisal value of more than 2.5 times the merger price.

Defending Capital One Financial in response to claims that the directors breached their fiduciary duty of oversight.

Significant clients Caesars Entertainment, Duke Energy, Eastman Chemical, MidCoast Community Bank, Nabors Industries.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators describe William Lafferty as "the best litigator in Delaware" and "one of the real go-to guys in the chancery Bar." He has substantial experience as a commercial litigator, handling M&A and proxy contests as well as advising clients with respect to representations of special negotiating committees and special litigation committees.

Sources regard Kenneth Nachbar as "very bright and very savvy about the appellate process in Delaware" and an "excellent lawyer" who gives "precise and concise advice which is highly appreciated."

Sources describe Jon Abramczyk as "a renowned litigator with tremendous knowledge of the law and superb skills and experience." He regularly represents major Fortune 500 companies in corporate litigation in Delaware.

Mark Hurd specializes in business and corporate litigation. His recent work highlights include representing Capital One Financial Corporation in response to claims that the directors had breached their fiduciary duty of oversight.

Judson Scaggs is praised for his "down-to-earth, common-sense approach" to corporate litigation. He handles a broad range of corporate and M&A litigation, with a particular focus on class and derivative matters.

Department profile by Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

The Morris Nichols Corporate & Business Litigation Group represents corporations, directors, substantial stockholders, partnerships, limited and general partners, and limited liability companies in lawsuits involving challenges to mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions, takeover battles and proxy contests, issues under the Delaware corporate and other business entity statutes, and class and derivative actions asserting breaches of fiduciary duty.  Members of the Group also regularly represent special committees of independent directors in connection with the investigation of potential and pending derivative claims.

Learn more at http://www.mnat.com/practices/corporate-business-litigation.

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Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP - Chancery

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What the team is known for An outstanding firm with a deep bench of attorneys that retains its reputation as one of the leading firms in the Delaware chancery space. Has significant experience in fiduciary duty litigation related to transactions involving both corporations and alternative entities. Experienced in litigating stockholder class, derivative and other actions.

Strengths Sources call the team "excellent, practical trial lawyers." A further interviewee notes that they "write well and are intimately familiar with the Chancery Court."

Work highlights Successfully defended Walmart and its directors in derivative claims arising from allegations of bribery in Mexico.

Represented Simon Properties Group in litigation seeking judicial construction of put and call provisions of various joint venture agreements between the client and Kan Am relating to a number of shopping malls.

Significant clients Citi, Deutsche Bank, SoftBank, National Amusements, C&J Energy Services.

Notable practitioners

Kevin Shannon is commended by market sources for his "superior judgment and knowledge of the Delaware courts." Interviewees describe him as "an exceptionally numerate lawyer" and value his accountancy background. He recently represented AOL in fiduciary duty and appraisal cases relating to Verizon’s acquisition of AOL.

Market sources regard Donald Wolfe as "the dean of the defense Bar in Delaware," adding that he is "an unusually capable writer" who is "able to craft phrases and anchor points in a way that resonates." He advises boards of directors and special board committees on fiduciary duty and corporate governance, in addition to handling a broad range of corporate litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Michael Pittenger advises clients on the Delaware General Corporation Law as well as transactional matters including mergers, recapitalizations and stock purchases. He recently represented two stockholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in class and derivative actions challenging the US government’s effective nationalization of these two entities.

Peter Walsh has served as first-chair counsel in numerous trials in Delaware, and routinely handles stockholder class and derivative actions, and other litigation, before the Delaware Court of Chancery. He recently successfully represented the directors of Qualcomm in a dismissal of a stockholder derivative action.

The "very smart and capable" Stephen Norman draws praise from peers for his "good judgment" and "prodigious memory of Delaware case law." He litigates in corporate and commercial disputes and regularly advises stockholders, directors and Delaware corporations on Delaware corporate and partnership law.

Sources describe the "terrific" Brad Davey as "very smart and responsive." He represents clients from industries including software, energy and financial institutions in a range of corporate governance and M&A litigation.

Market sources describe Matthew Fischer as "very knowledgeable about the Delaware Corporation Law," noting that he "regularly comes up with very practical solutions to problems." He undertakes a broad range of corporate, commercial and alternative entities litigation and has represented corporations in takeover disputes and corporate injunctive proceedings.

Interviewees praise Berton Ashman for his "great judgment" and regard him as "a terrific member of the team." He regularly acts on litigation in respect of the internal governance of Delaware corporations and the fiduciary duties of their directors, as well as in actions relating to M&A and takeover disputes.

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Richards, Layton & Finger PA - Chancery

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What the team is known for A standout firm that is praised for its extensive breadth and depth of experience and its high-level insight into the Court of Chancery. Frequently handles high-value cases and offers particular strength in special committee litigation representation, including stockholder derivative claims, as well as issues relating to the Delaware General Corporation Law.

Strengths One source regards this firm as "the best, most reliable firm in Delaware" and another comments that "the way they handle cases is amazing – you're dealing with some of the brightest people in the field."

Work highlights Representing PetSmart in a major appraisal case, resulting from the biggest private equity deal of 2014.

Acted as lead counsel in derivative litigation for Sears Holding Corporation in connection with the spin-off of Seritage Growth Properties.

Significant clients Riverstone National, DFC Global Corp, JPMorgan Chase, Trulia, Chiesi Farmaceutici.

Notable practitioners

One impressed source says firm president Gregory Varallo is "probably the most effective and knowledgeable defense counsel I have worked with over the past ten years." He has litigated in many complex business disputes in the Delaware courts as well as state and federal courts around the country.

Gregory Williams is described as "at the top of his game if you're looking for trial lawyers in Delaware." He is representing Vista Equity Partners as defendant in an action seeking reformation of a merger agreement relating to TIBCO Software.

Raymond DiCamillo draws praise for his "excellent instincts and judgments about how the court is going to view a given set of facts" as well as his "ability to make those judgments on the fly in high-pressure situations." He handles litigation related to corporate governance and statutory and contractual disputes.

Anne Foster represents corporations, directors and stockholders in litigation concerning fiduciary duties and corporate governance. Market commentators say she is "fantastic: very smart and has well-deserved credibility with the court."

Interviewees describe Catherine Dearlove as a "good technical lawyer" and "definitely someone who knows the law and is comfortable articulating how it works." She represents clients in corporate disputes, including litigation involving shareholder class actions and special committee matters.

Sources regard Blake Rohrbacher as "extraordinarily smart and one of the fastest workers you'll ever see." He primarily handles litigation related to M&A, statutory and contractual disputes.

Rudolf Koch is regarded as a "smart, hard-working" lawyer who has litigated on several major disputes in Delaware's state and federal courts relating to M&A, stockholder class actions and appraisal actions.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Chancery

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What the team is known for A high-quality Delaware team with expertise in an array of corporate and securities disputes, including fiduciary duty cases and bankruptcy litigation. Draws on a deep bench of attorneys who are experienced both in Delaware and nationally. Also advises on litigation arising from insurance acquisition transactions, in addition to related regulatory issues.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "very good at what they do and very customer-focused." It receives extensive praise from interviewees for its skill in litigation.

Work highlights Secured an order under Section 205 of the Delaware General Corporation Law validating a charter amendment destaggering the board of directors of Baxter.

Represented American Apparel in two high-profile rulings in the Delaware Court of Chancery, winning injunctive relief against its former CEO Dov Charney.

Significant clients A. Schulman, CME Group, Gannett Co., Valeant, Centene.

Notable practitioners

Edward Welch handles corporate and securities litigation, including M&A and class and derivative actions.

Robert Saunders heads the litigation team in Wilmington and focuses his practice on corporate governance and federal securities litigation, as well as advising clients on transactional matters relating to the Delaware General Corporation Law.

Clients describe Paul Lockwood as a "really solid, straightforward lawyer who knows Delaware law inside and out." He typically defends corporations and directors in derivative and class action lawsuits, including M&A. Further clients note: "He really has his finger on the pulse in Delaware, and as a result is able to give good, pragmatic advice and get things done."

Market commentators say Edward Micheletti is "very highly regarded locally and nationally." He represents clients in commercial litigation at both trial court and appellate levels.

Department profile by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

The litigation group in the Wilmington office concentrates on civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts around the country, with a strong emphasis on Delaware’s renowned Court of Chancery. Wilmington litigators are experienced in a broad range of corporate and securities litigation, including the defense of class and derivative actions, representation of special committees, fiduciary duties of directors, federal and state securities fraud claims, bankruptcy litigation, corporate valuations and statutory appraisals, and insurance acquisition transactions from a litigation as well as regulatory standpoint. Wilmington litigators also have handled many cases outside Delaware, including recent cases in Alabama, Connecticut, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.


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Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP - Chancery

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What the team is known for A well-regarded firm that handles the full range of corporate and alternative entity litigation, with a specific focus on M&A disputes and fiduciary duty litigation as well as hostile takeovers and proxy contests. Draws on a bench of high-quality attorneys and expertise in a range of industries, particularly energy.

Strengths Sources say the attorneys are "outstanding experts in Delaware law" and praise them for being "focused and effective."

Work highlights Successfully defended Energy Transfer Equity at trial against claims by The Williams Companies seeking specific performance of a merger agreement initially valued at $38 billion.

Successfully defended FTV Capital against claims brought by former co-investors in connection with RPH Financial valued at more than $20 million.

Significant clients Energy Transfer Equity, FTV Capital, Dole Food, Zynga.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Rolin Bissell as a "great strategist and a great tactician." He chairs the firm's corporate counseling and litigation group and handles a wide range of disputes, including those involving M&A and corporate governance matters.

Market commentators consider Martin Lessner to be "a very good lawyer." He has litigated in complex high-value cases including expedited M&A disputes, fraud and corporate stock appraisal matters.

Elena Norman is a highly regarded figure in the Delaware market for her corporate litigation practice, where she represents boards of directors, boards of committees and stockholders in cases relating to M&A and corporate governance, as well as fraud and breach of contract.

David McBride enjoys a strong reputation in the market as an experienced and knowledgeable commercial litigator. He is particularly noted for his M&A work and is regarded by commentators as one of the "top lawyers in Delaware."

Kathaleen McCormick is praised for her "really sound judgment." Her practice includes litigating expedited proceedings, as well as M&A and arbitration agreements.

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Abrams & Bayliss LLP - Chancery

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What the team is known for A respected boutique that provides recognized expertise in corporate and commercial litigation. Attorneys excel at control contests, valuation disputes and M&A litigation, among other matters. Represents both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation involving corporate governance and transaction terms.

Notable practitioners

Sources highlight Kevin Abrams as "a really first-rate practitioner." He handles a broad range of commercial and corporate litigation, including M&A and shareholder derivative actions.

Commentators describe Thompson Bayliss as a "terrific lawyer." He is well known for his litigation work in the energy, technology and banking sectors.

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Ashby & Geddes - Chancery

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What the team is known for A highly recommended team with a strong track record in the Court of Chancery. Areas of strength include M&A litigation, fiduciary duty cases and proxy contests. Also handles statutory summary and statutory appraisal proceedings under the Delaware General Corporation Law.

Strengths One source describes working with the team at Ashby & Geddes as a "terrific experience." Another notes its ability to "give advice tailored to a client's needs."

Work highlights Acts as Delaware counsel to Aurelius Capital Master on a challenge to the merger engineered by Sprint and SoftBank to acquire Clearwire and seeking appraisal in connection with the merger.

Acted as Delaware counsel to Medicalgorithmics on a case seeking declaratory judgment that the client validly terminated a strategic alliance agreement.

Significant clients Hill International, ATP Tour, Merion Capital, Icahn Enterprises.

Notable practitioners

According to commentators, Stephen Jenkins is "extremely smart" and "very well respected by the judges." One market source notes: "He's thoughtful in arguments with people and clever in not stirring things up in a way that's counterproductive." He is known for his work in stockholder disputes, proxy contests and corporate governance litigation.

Philip Lee Trainer is praised for his "encyclopedic knowledge of Delaware corporate disputes." His work includes contesting M&A and defending shareholder challenges to going-private transactions.

According to market commentators, Catherine Gaul is "terrific: incredibly personable and very smart." A source adds: "Most importantly, she's very practical." She regularly represents corporations, directors and stockholders in corporate litigation.

Andrew Cordo represents businesses, their management, owners and directors in a broad range of corporate and commercial disputes, including contract and tort actions.

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Heyman Enerio Gattuso & Hirzel LLP - Chancery

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What the team is known for Respected litigation boutique that covers the full range of corporate and commercial disputes. The firm has particular expertise in the 'business divorce' of corporations, limited liability companies and other entities as well as growing experience in cases concerning the separation of directors and officers from business entities.

Work highlights Representing Sanchez Energy in a Delaware Court of Chancery action for breach of fiduciary duties.

Representing Lone Star Value Investors in an appraisal action in the Court of Chancery.

Significant clients Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Erickson Incorporated, Virgin Pulse, Nordion, Potomac Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners

Kurt Heyman is praised by clients for the quality of his advice and judgment. He represents public and private companies and their directors in a variety of disputes, including stockholder class actions and derivative suits.

Clients describe Samuel Hirzel as a "great lawyer." He handles a broad range of cases including matters related to business divorce, class and derivative actions and M&A.

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Morris James LLP - Chancery

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What the team is known for A strong firm that is well thought of for its work in M&A disputes, shareholder derivative suits and breach of contract cases, among other matters. Also advises special transaction committees in connection with merger transactions as well as representing companies or stockholders in statutory proceedings regarding control disputes, books and records, and appraisal.

Strengths One impressed client says: "They were thorough, careful and efficient in gathering information and thoughtful in evaluating how to proceed."

Work highlights Represented the majority directors of Trading Screen in an action initiated on their behalf to determine the validity of board action removing the existing CEO and appointing an executive committee.

Represented CytRx Corporation in connection with a derivative action filed in Delaware alleging misconduct in connection with the issuance of stock options to directors and officers.

Significant clients AmerisourceBergen, Alembic Pharmaceuticals, Cintas Corporation, AIG, Radio One.

Notable practitioners

Chair of the firm's corporate and commercial litigation group Lewis Lazarus represents clients in disputes relating to M&A, appraisal and conflict-of-interest transactions.

Edward McNally is a highly regarded senior litigator focusing on complex commercial litigation, including cases relating to contract disputes, shareholder rights and financial transactions.

Clarkson Collins is a highly experienced corporate and commercial litigator. He acts on behalf of corporations, directors and alternative entities on litigation relating to governance, breach of fiduciary duty and indemnification claims.

Peter Ladig is a seasoned commercial litigator, with particular expertise in the growing practice of 'business divorce,' including requests for judicial dissolution of limited liability companies and corporations.

Peers describe Tyler O'Connell as a "well-respected young lawyer" with a growing reputation for his representation of Delaware corporations, investors and directors in contentious matters. He recently joined the firm from Landis Rath & Cobb.

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Ross Aronstam & Moritz LLP - Chancery

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What the team is known for A well-regarded litigation boutique with a strong track record in corporate and commercial disputes in Delaware. Areas of strength include corporate control disputes, shareholder actions and appraisal litigation. Also advises directors and special committees on corporate governance and transactional matters.

Strengths Clients describe the team as a "remarkable group of lawyers." The attorneys attract further praise for their "unbelievable familiarity with the Chancery Court," with another source saying: "Their knowledge of the corporate realm is beyond reproach."

Work highlights Sole counsel to Facebook and one of its directors in litigation challenging a reclassification of the company's stock.

Co-counsel for BMC Software in an appraisal proceeding arising out of a $6.9 billion acquisition.

Significant clients DIRECTV, Kinder Morgan.

Notable practitioners

One source considers Brad Aronstam "a force to be reckoned with," noting that he is "very knowledgeable about the law and very persuasive." He has a strong focus on corporate litigation, including M&A disputes, and is known for his work advising special committees.

Sources highlight David Ross as a "terrific lawyer who is well known in the Chancery Court." Further interviewees describe him as a capable litigator who "can deal with difficult issues and calmly represent the client's best interests." He regularly serves as first chair in commercial litigation including trust contests and trade secret disputes.

Garrett Moritz is "substantively smart" and "very good in court," according to sources. One interviewee adds: "He is highly detail-oriented and is able to express complex transactional provisions in a manner that a layperson can understand." He has significant experience and knowledge of indenture provisions, preferred stock and fiduciary duty cases.

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Bayard, P.A. - Chancery

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What the team is known for A compact firm with a growing reputation in the Delaware corporate litigation Bar. Handles a range of cases including contests for corporate control, challenges to M&A and stockholder class and derivative actions. Experienced representing clients in both lead and Delaware counsel roles.

Strengths Sources describe the Bayard litigation team as "very helpful and knowledgeable."

Work highlights Serves as lead counsel in an action by a stockholder of Tradeworx to invalidate stock issued in violation of statutory and constitutional prohibitions on the issuance of stock in exchange for future services.

Represented the respondent in litigation brought to dissolve two entities controlled by Roberto Wendt in light of Wendt's alleged breaches of fiduciary duty.

Significant clients Penthouse Global Media, Roche Diagnostics Operations, Glenn Stansbury, Wakefield Partners, Gramercy Emerging Markets Fund.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Brauerman is "very knowledgeable about the Delaware court system and judges, and very practical," according to sources. He litigates a wide array of cases, including fiduciary duty claims, antitrust and securities disputes.

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Connolly Gallagher LLP - Chancery

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What the team is known for A growing presence in the market with significant experience in a range of corporate and commercial disputes, including M&A and breach of fiduciary duty litigation.

Strengths Sources say: "They've been responsive, knowledgeable and aren't afraid to give advice, even if it's not what you want to hear." Another says: "I thought they were excellent, very cost-effective and knew what they were doing."

Work highlights Representing A&R Logistics Holdings as defendant in an M&A dispute.

Represented Charge Injection Technologies as the plaintiff in a claim alleging that DuPont unlawfully misappropriated confidential trade secrets and other proprietary commercial information and then terminated its joint development program with the plaintiff.

Significant clients Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, PwC, iHeartCommunications, DV Urban Realty Partners, Integrated Capital Strategies Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe Hank Gallagher as "an extraordinary lawyer" who is "very commercial." He advises Delaware companies and boards of directors on a range of corporate governance and business law.

Ryan Newell attracts praise from interviewees for his "productive and cordial demeanor." He litigates on matters including merger breakups, IP and corporate governance.

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DLA Piper LLP (US) - Chancery

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What the team is known for Regularly acts as lead counsel in high-stakes disputes before the Delaware Court of Chancery on behalf of boards of directors, corporations and large investors. Areas of expertise include shareholder class actions and derivative suits, M&A litigation and corporate control disputes, as well as litigation relating to transactions involving subsidiaries.

Strengths Sources say the firm's name "will resonate with clients, and it's an excellent shop."

Work highlights Defended Dr. Aladar Szalay in a dispute relating to the corporate governance of Genelux Corporation.

Representing Paylocity and its directors in stockholder class action challenging the legality of bylaw shifting fees for violation of exclusive forum-selection provision.

Significant clients Sequential Brands Group, TheBlaze, Westchester Capital Management, Al Jazeera American Holdings I, Hybrid Energy.

Notable practitioners

John Reed enjoys "a high-profile reputation" in the Delaware Court of Chancery. He has significant experience representing clients in shareholder class actions and M&A and breach of fiduciary duty disputes.

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Landis Rath & Cobb LLP - Chancery

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What the team is known for A respected business law boutique with an emerging reputation for its handling of Delaware corporate law disputes. Regularly handles matters such as fiduciary duty litigation, corporate control disputes and advancement proceedings. Clients include Delaware business entities, directors and investors.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "responsive" and "very knowledgeable about the courts." Another praises the attorneys for their "good judgment."

Work highlights Represented EMC Mortgage as co-counsel in four matters brought by MBS trusts for alleged breaches of representations and warranties connected with issuances of securities.

Acted as lead counsel to U.S. Education Loan Trust in its defense of RBC Capital Markets' claims for breach of an indenture under which the client issued education loan-backed securities.

Significant clients CIM Urban Lending GP, JPMorgan Chase, Atlantic Coast Dining, Westech Capital.

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Rebecca Butcher is "incredibly experienced with the rules of the court and a very good writer and oral advocate," say peers. She represents clients in litigation regarding corporate governance issues and fiduciary duty challenges in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Daniel Rath acts as both lead and local counsel on cases involving fiduciary duty challenges, shareholder rights disputes and books and records actions. Market sources describe him as "highly effective in court," adding: "The judges all know and respect him."

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Abrams & Bayliss LLP

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Sources highlight Kevin Abrams as "a really first-rate practitioner." He handles a broad range of commercial and corporate litigation, including M&A and shareholder derivative actions.

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William M Lafferty

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

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Market commentators describe William Lafferty as "the best litigator in Delaware" and "one of the real go-to guys in the chancery Bar." He has substantial experience as a commercial litigator, handling M&A and proxy contests as well as advising clients with respect to representations of special negotiating committees and special litigation committees.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Stephen Lamb of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a highly experienced and well-renowned commercial litigator, and former Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. He wins praise from interviewees for his "analytical ability" and "unparalleled knowledge of fiduciary duty, corporate governance and securities law."

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Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP

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David McBride enjoys a strong reputation in the market as an experienced and knowledgeable commercial litigator. He is particularly noted for his M&A work and is regarded by commentators as one of the "top lawyers in Delaware."

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Kenneth J Nachbar

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

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Sources regard Kenneth Nachbar as "very bright and very savvy about the appellate process in Delaware" and an "excellent lawyer" who gives "precise and concise advice which is highly appreciated."

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Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP

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Kevin Shannon is commended by market sources for his "superior judgment and knowledge of the Delaware courts." Interviewees describe him as "an exceptionally numerate lawyer" and value his accountancy background. He recently represented AOL in fiduciary duty and appraisal cases relating to Verizon’s acquisition of AOL.

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Gregory V Varallo

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

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One impressed source says firm president Gregory Varallo is "probably the most effective and knowledgeable defense counsel I have worked with over the past ten years." He has litigated in many complex business disputes in the Delaware courts as well as state and federal courts around the country.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

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Edward Welch handles corporate and securities litigation, including M&A and class and derivative actions.

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Gregory P Williams

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

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Gregory Williams is described as "at the top of his game if you're looking for trial lawyers in Delaware." He is representing Vista Equity Partners as defendant in an action seeking reformation of a merger agreement relating to TIBCO Software.

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Donald J Wolfe Jr

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP

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Market sources regard Donald Wolfe as "the dean of the defense Bar in Delaware," adding that he is "an unusually capable writer" who is "able to craft phrases and anchor points in a way that resonates." He advises boards of directors and special board committees on fiduciary duty and corporate governance, in addition to handling a broad range of corporate litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

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Raymond DiCamillo

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

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Raymond DiCamillo draws praise for his "excellent instincts and judgments about how the court is going to view a given set of facts" as well as his "ability to make those judgments on the fly in high-pressure situations." He handles litigation related to corporate governance and statutory and contractual disputes.

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Richards, Layton & Finger PA

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Anne Foster represents corporations, directors and stockholders in litigation concerning fiduciary duties and corporate governance. Market commentators say she is "fantastic: very smart and has well-deserved credibility with the court."

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Heyman Enerio Gattuso & Hirzel LLP

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Kurt Heyman is praised by clients for the quality of his advice and judgment. He represents public and private companies and their directors in a variety of disputes, including stockholder class actions and derivative suits.

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Stephen E Jenkins

Ashby & Geddes

From the Chambers USA guide

According to commentators, Stephen Jenkins is "extremely smart" and "very well respected by the judges." One market source notes: "He's thoughtful in arguments with people and clever in not stirring things up in a way that's counterproductive." He is known for his work in stockholder disputes, proxy contests and corporate governance litigation.

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Morris James LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the firm's corporate and commercial litigation group Lewis Lazarus represents clients in disputes relating to M&A, appraisal and conflict-of-interest transactions.

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Michael A Pittenger

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Pittenger advises clients on the Delaware General Corporation Law as well as transactional matters including mergers, recapitalizations and stock purchases. He recently represented two stockholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in class and derivative actions challenging the US government’s effective nationalization of these two entities.

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Ross Aronstam & Moritz LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources highlight David Ross as a "terrific lawyer who is well known in the Chancery Court." Further interviewees describe him as a capable litigator who "can deal with difficult issues and calmly represent the client's best interests." He regularly serves as first chair in commercial litigation including trust contests and trade secret disputes.

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Robert S Saunders

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Saunders heads the litigation team in Wilmington and focuses his practice on corporate governance and federal securities litigation, as well as advising clients on transactional matters relating to the Delaware General Corporation Law.

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Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Walsh has served as first-chair counsel in numerous trials in Delaware, and routinely handles stockholder class and derivative actions, and other litigation, before the Delaware Court of Chancery. He recently successfully represented the directors of Qualcomm in a dismissal of a stockholder derivative action.

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Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources describe Jon Abramczyk as "a renowned litigator with tremendous knowledge of the law and superb skills and experience." He regularly represents major Fortune 500 companies in corporate litigation in Delaware.

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Ross Aronstam & Moritz LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

One source considers Brad Aronstam "a force to be reckoned with," noting that he is "very knowledgeable about the law and very persuasive." He has a strong focus on corporate litigation, including M&A disputes, and is known for his work advising special committees.

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A. Thompson Bayliss

Abrams & Bayliss LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Commentators describe Thompson Bayliss as a "terrific lawyer." He is well known for his litigation work in the energy, technology and banking sectors.

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Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients describe Rolin Bissell as a "great strategist and a great tactician." He chairs the firm's corporate counseling and litigation group and handles a wide range of disputes, including those involving M&A and corporate governance matters.

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Stephen B. Brauerman

Bayard, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Brauerman is "very knowledgeable about the Delaware court system and judges, and very practical," according to sources. He litigates a wide array of cases, including fiduciary duty claims, antitrust and securities disputes.

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P Clarkson Collins Jr

Morris James LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clarkson Collins is a highly experienced corporate and commercial litigator. He acts on behalf of corporations, directors and alternative entities on litigation relating to governance, breach of fiduciary duty and indemnification claims.

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Catherine Dearlove

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees describe Catherine Dearlove as a "good technical lawyer" and "definitely someone who knows the law and is comfortable articulating how it works." She represents clients in corporate disputes, including litigation involving shareholder class actions and special committee matters.

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Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Hurd specializes in business and corporate litigation. His recent work highlights include representing Capital One Financial Corporation in response to claims that the directors had breached their fiduciary duty of oversight.

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McCarter & English, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Kelly of McCarter & English, LLP handles a broad range of corporate, commercial and IP litigation. Sources call him "outstanding" and "a strong litigator."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients describe Paul Lockwood as a "really solid, straightforward lawyer who knows Delaware law inside and out." He typically defends corporations and directors in derivative and class action lawsuits, including M&A. Further clients note: "He really has his finger on the pulse in Delaware, and as a result is able to give good, pragmatic advice and get things done."

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "incredibly smart and incredibly practical" David Margules of Ballard Spahr LLP is noted for his work in complex business litigation, including governance and valuation disputes.

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Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very smart and capable" Stephen Norman draws praise from peers for his "good judgment" and "prodigious memory of Delaware case law." He litigates in corporate and commercial disputes and regularly advises stockholders, directors and Delaware corporations on Delaware corporate and partnership law.

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Landis Rath & Cobb LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Rath acts as both lead and local counsel on cases involving fiduciary duty challenges, shareholder rights disputes and books and records actions. Market sources describe him as "highly effective in court," adding: "The judges all know and respect him."

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R Judson Scaggs, Jr

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Judson Scaggs is praised for his "down-to-earth, common-sense approach" to corporate litigation. He handles a broad range of corporate and M&A litigation, with a particular focus on class and derivative matters.

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Landis Rath & Cobb LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Rebecca Butcher is "incredibly experienced with the rules of the court and a very good writer and oral advocate," say peers. She represents clients in litigation regarding corporate governance issues and fiduciary duty challenges in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

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Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources describe the "terrific" Brad Davey as "very smart and responsive." He represents clients from industries including software, energy and financial institutions in a range of corporate governance and M&A litigation.

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Matthew E Fischer

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Market sources describe Matthew Fischer as "very knowledgeable about the Delaware Corporation Law," noting that he "regularly comes up with very practical solutions to problems." He undertakes a broad range of corporate, commercial and alternative entities litigation and has represented corporations in takeover disputes and corporate injunctive proceedings.

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Hank Gallagher Jr

Connolly Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources describe Hank Gallagher as "an extraordinary lawyer" who is "very commercial." He advises Delaware companies and boards of directors on a range of corporate governance and business law.

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Heyman Enerio Gattuso & Hirzel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients describe Samuel Hirzel as a "great lawyer." He handles a broad range of cases including matters related to business divorce, class and derivative actions and M&A.

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Morris James LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Ladig is a seasoned commercial litigator, with particular expertise in the growing practice of 'business divorce,' including requests for judicial dissolution of limited liability companies and corporations.

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Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Market commentators consider Martin Lessner to be "a very good lawyer." He has litigated in complex high-value cases including expedited M&A disputes, fraud and corporate stock appraisal matters.

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Morris James LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward McNally is a highly regarded senior litigator focusing on complex commercial litigation, including cases relating to contract disputes, shareholder rights and financial transactions.

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Edward Micheletti

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Market commentators say Edward Micheletti is "very highly regarded locally and nationally." He represents clients in commercial litigation at both trial court and appellate levels.

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Ross Aronstam & Moritz LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Garrett Moritz is "substantively smart" and "very good in court," according to sources. One interviewee adds: "He is highly detail-oriented and is able to express complex transactional provisions in a manner that a layperson can understand." He has significant experience and knowledge of indenture provisions, preferred stock and fiduciary duty cases.

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Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Elena Norman is a highly regarded figure in the Delaware market for her corporate litigation practice, where she represents boards of directors, boards of committees and stockholders in cases relating to M&A and corporate governance, as well as fraud and breach of contract.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

John Reed enjoys "a high-profile reputation" in the Delaware Court of Chancery. He has significant experience representing clients in shareholder class actions and M&A and breach of fiduciary duty disputes.

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Richards, Layton & Finger PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources regard Blake Rohrbacher as "extraordinarily smart and one of the fastest workers you'll ever see." He primarily handles litigation related to M&A, statutory and contractual disputes.

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Philip Lee Trainer

Ashby & Geddes

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Lee Trainer is praised for his "encyclopedic knowledge of Delaware corporate disputes." His work includes contesting M&A and defending shareholder challenges to going-private transactions.

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Up and Coming

Berton W Ashman Jr

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees praise Berton Ashman for his "great judgment" and regard him as "a terrific member of the team." He regularly acts on litigation in respect of the internal governance of Delaware corporations and the fiduciary duties of their directors, as well as in actions relating to M&A and takeover disputes.

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Up and Coming

Ashby & Geddes

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Cordo represents businesses, their management, owners and directors in a broad range of corporate and commercial disputes, including contract and tort actions.

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Catherine A. Gaul

Ashby & Geddes

From the Chambers USA guide

According to market commentators, Catherine Gaul is "terrific: incredibly personable and very smart." A source adds: "Most importantly, she's very practical." She regularly represents corporations, directors and stockholders in corporate litigation.

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Richards, Layton & Finger PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Rudolf Koch is regarded as a "smart, hard-working" lawyer who has litigated on several major disputes in Delaware's state and federal courts relating to M&A, stockholder class actions and appraisal actions.

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Up and Coming

Kathaleen St. J. McCormick

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kathaleen McCormick is praised for her "really sound judgment." Her practice includes litigating expedited proceedings, as well as M&A and arbitration agreements. 

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Up and Coming

Connolly Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ryan Newell attracts praise from interviewees for his "productive and cordial demeanor." He litigates on matters including merger breakups, IP and corporate governance.

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Up and Coming

Morris James LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peers describe Tyler O'Connell as a "well-respected young lawyer" with a growing reputation for his representation of Delaware corporations, investors and directors in contentious matters. He recently joined the firm from Landis Rath & Cobb.

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