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Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP


8 ranked lawyersBand 1DelawareUSA 2021 View ranking table
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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 in lawsuits concerning M&A, takeover battles and proxy contests, among other matters. Represents a wide array of clients including shareholders, limited partners and limited liability companies. Also regularly advises special committees of independent directors on conflict of interest issues.


A peer says:"When you're looking for a Delaware firm you look for Morris Nichols, it's a great firm."

A client describes the group as "organized, thoughtful and fully engaged."

Another impressed source notes that the team has "excellent knowledge of Delaware law and superior courtroom advocacy skills."

Work highlights

Represented HealthNow Holdings in a multi-defendant case concerning allegations of breach of fiduciary duties, convincing the court to dismiss charges against the client.

Notable practitioners

Rising star McKinley Measley typically acts for defendants in litigation concerning merger disputes, fraud claims and stockholder suits.
"He is a superstar, an absolute superstar."

David Teklits is well known in the market for his advice on special committee issues and valuation matters.
"David is very smart, he knows the appraisal and valuation issues." "Terrific lawyer."

Jon Abramczyk garners praise for his corporate litigation practice. He offers demonstrable expertise acting for both corporations and individuals, and has experience handling high-value fiduciary duty disputes.
"Jon's a good lawyer."

Kenneth Nachbar is highlighted for his expertise in high-value litigation including fiduciary duty and derivative actions, as well as books and records requests.
"One of the best lawyers in town."

Judson Scaggs has extensive experience advising clients on corporate litigation. His knowledge covers a range of disputes, including class and derivative actions.
"He knows the court extremely well, handles matters on his own and he is a strategic and careful lawyer." "Very confident and very capable."

Mark Hurd advises clients in a broad range of disputes before the Court of Chancery, and frequently acts on litigation arising from merger agreements. He has experience acting for both plaintiffs and defendants.
"Mark's a very capable lawyer." "Outstanding practitioner, very savvy, very vested in changes in the law, commercial in his thinking and two to three steps ahead of the game."

Clients turn to Susan Wood Waesco for her strong chancery experience. She is well-versed in representing both corporations and boards of directors on singular and class actions.
"Really knows the court in Delaware, very hands-on and responsive."

William Lafferty is a respected litigator with notable experience representing clients in complex contentious mandates arising from failed merger agreements. In addition to his roster of corporate clients, he is also able to represent boards of directors.
"Bill is just an amazing lawyer." "A very strong player in the field."

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Morris Nichols lawyers have litigated many of the landmark cases that established the principles of Delaware corporate law and defined the fiduciary duties governing boards of directors of many major corporations in the United States. From the seminal Revlon case to the more recent landmark decision in MFW, we represent many of the world’s largest companies in litigation of national significance.

We advocate on behalf of 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; busted deals; as well as class and derivative actions. We also represent special committees of independent directors in connection with reviewing conflict transactions and with the investigation of potential and pending derivative claims. In addition, we routinely handle matters involving complex valuations of Delaware corporations and alternative entities, as well as statutory proceedings before the Delaware Court of Chancery such claims for inspection of books and records; claims by directors for advancement and indemnification of their legal fees; and claims to compel an annual stockholders’ meetings.

Our market leading commercial litigation practice handles a wide range of disputes in the Court of Chancery, the Delaware Superior Court, and the District Court for the District of Delaware.


Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP


1201 North Market Street




DE 19801

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.



D. McKinley (Mac) Measley
Up and Coming
David Teklits
Band 4
Jon E Abramczyk
Band 3
Kenneth J Nachbar
Band 1
R Judson Scaggs, Jr
Band 3
S. Mark Hurd
Band 3

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