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Firm Profile

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

Firm Profile


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  • 1201 North Market Street
  • Wilmington
  • Delaware
  • USA
  • DE 19801

Firm profile submitted by Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

Executive Committee Chair: Rodger D Smith II
Number of partners: 42
Number of other attorneys: 45

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP combines a broad national practice of corporate, intellectual property, business reorganization and restructuring, commercial law and litigation with a general business, tax, estate planning and real estate practice within the State of Delaware. The firm acts as lead counsel or co-counsel in matters of national and international significance as well as those affecting its immediate community. Morris Nichols is the Delaware representative of TerraLex, a global network of 150 independent law firms and 15,000 attorneys in nearly 100 countries.

Practice Areas:
Business Reorganization & Restructuring
Corporate Counseling
Corporate & Business Litigation
Intellectual Property
Trusts, Estates & Tax

Banking & Financial Services:
The firm represents lenders, borrowers, issuers and investors in all forms of financing transactions. It provides bank and insurance regulatory counseling and represents clients before Delaware’s Office of the State Bank Commissioner and Department of Insurance.

Business Reorganization & Restructuring:
The firm has been recognized as one of the premier restructuring and reorganization practices in the United States. It represents chapter 11 debtors, lenders, creditors, acquirers, ad hoc and official committees, trustees, directors, managers and other parties in restructurings, loan workouts, reorganization proceedings, and in bankruptcy and insolvency related litigation. Attorneys from this practice group act as either lead or co-counsel, and have had major roles in virtually every significant chapter 11 case filed in Delaware over the last three decades.

Commercial Transactional/Alternative Entities:
The firm provides a complete range of commercial law services including advice on all types of alternative entity matters. It handles a variety of complex transactions including working with in-house and outside counsel in structuring and documenting such transactions.

Corporate Counseling:
Morris Nichols advises clients on complex corporate transactions and corporate governance issues. It represents boards of directors or board committees, particularly in transactions that may involve director or stockholder conflicts of interest. It also provides formal legal opinions on matters of Delaware corporate law. Corporate counseling attorneys have long played an important role in drafting and updating Delaware’s corporate statute.

Corporate & Business Litigation:

The firm’s corporate litigation practice focuses on matters related to the law governing corporations and alternative entities. Its proceedings in the Delaware Court of Chancery, Delaware Supreme Court and other courts throughout the US often involve derivative suits or class actions brought in connection with M&A transactions, takeover battles and proxy contests or other claims alleging director negligence or misconduct. Morris Nichols also provides a range of general business litigation services, appearing before all of the Delaware trial and appellate courts, state and federal, local boards and administrative agencies and before trial and appellate courts nationwide. It represents clients in commercial, contract and business disputes of virtually every kind.

Intellectual Property:
Morris Nichols is renowned as the premier patent litigation firm in Delaware. It has achieved preeminence in IP litigation in Delaware and nationwide serving as lead counsel in many cases and assisting as co-counsel in other cases brought to Delaware by patent litigators nationwide. Morris Nichols consistently leads by double digits Delaware firms in IP representation before the US District for the District of Delaware. In Lex Machina’s 2016 Patent Litigation Year in Review report on patent litigation trends in the United States, Morris Nichols had 181 patent cases filed in 2016. That’s an impressive 40% of all patent litigation cases filed in Delaware and more than any other firm in the state.

Real Estate:
The firm’s real estate practice covers the negotiation and documentation of complex commercial real estate including transactions involving the development, acquisition and sale of commercial property, commercial financing, condominium development, office, retail and industrial leasing and public-private development.

Regulation/Governmental Affairs:
The firm represents public entities and agencies, and private sector clients, before legislative bodies and city, county, state and federal regulatory agencies on unclaimed property and other matters. It is actively involved in monitoring, drafting and advocating legislation and regulations that affect clients.

Trust, Estate & Tax:
The firm acts as trust and fiduciary litigation counsel to Delaware trust companies, national banks conducting trust business in Delaware, individual trustees and beneficiaries of trusts in Delaware and other jurisdictions, and to wealthy families with trusts in Delaware. It also provides federal income, estate, gift and generation skipping transfer tax advice to individuals, trusts, estates, business enterprises and their owners, and charitable organizations nationwide.

General Clients:
AbbVie; Agilent Technologies, Inc.; Alcatel-Lucent; AT&T Wireless Services, Inc.; Barclays Financial Corp.; Barnes & Noble Inc.; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Comcast Corp.; Eastman Chemical Company; Eaton Corporation; eBay Inc.; Edwards Lifesciences; ELAN Corporation plc; Fortistar Capital Inc.; Goodrich Corporation; GlaxoSmithKline; Honeywell International Inc.; Lucite International, Inc.; Merck & Co., Inc.; Motorola, Inc.; Nokia Corporation; Pfizer Inc.; The Dow Chemical Company; TPG Capital; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Representative Restructuring/Bankruptcy Engagements:

Debtors: Delta Petroleum, Hercules Offshore, KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc., Laboratory Partners, Nortel Networks, One Madison Park, Optim Energy, Ormet, Overseas Shipholding Group, Premium Transportation Services Inc., Seegrid, Seventy Seven Energy Inc., Tamara Mellon Brand, Venoco Inc., WP Steel.
Cross-Border Cases: Forest Oil, Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd., Zodiac Pool Solutions.
Official Committees in: Abeinsa Holding Inc., Boomerang Tube, Exide Tech., Syms/Filene’s Basement.
Lenders, Bondholders, Agents, Indenture Trustees and Ad Hoc Committees in: Cache, Edwin Watts Golf, Endeavor Int’l, Fuhu, Key Energy Services Inc., Longview Power, Mineral Park, Molycorp, RadioShack, Trump Entertainment Resorts, Verso.
Equity Holders in: Aeropostale Inc., Energy Future Holdings, Caesars, Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., Modular Space Corp.
Acquirers: DISH Network, Fifth Street Finance, Fortistar, Fuddruckers Restaurants, RCI (Ritz Camera).


  • 1201 North Market Street,
  • Wilmington,
  • Delaware
  • USA
  • DE 19801
  • Tel +1 302 658 9200
  • Fax +1 302 658 3989
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