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Firm Details

Executive Committee Chair: William M. Lafferty

Number of partners: 43

Number of other attorneys: 45

Firm Overview

Recognized as Delaware’s premier law firm, Morris Nichols handles bet-the-company, high-stakes matters in the four key areas of corporate litigation, alternative entity and corporate counselling, bankruptcy and restructuring, and intellectual property litigation. The firm is regularly involved as lead counsel or co-counsel in matters of national and international significance, as well as those affecting its immediate community.

Main Areas of Practice

Alternative Entity Counseling. The lawyers in the firm's alternative entity counseling practice specialize in Delaware law governing limited liability companies, partnerships, limited partnerships, statutory trusts and other entities that are not organized as corporations. Its lawyers have been in the forefront of drafting and updating Delaware’s statutes governing the formation and operation of alternative entities - considered to be the most advanced in the nation.

Bankruptcy & Restructuring. Morris Nichols has one of the leading business reorganization and restructuring practices in the nation.

At the center of many of the most important bankruptcy matters in Delaware and the United States, the firm offers clients unmatched guidance on how to navigate the Delaware courts, as well as a multidisciplinary approach steeped in a deep understanding of Delaware business and bankruptcy law - one that leverages the capabilities of its corporate litigation, intellectual property, real estate, and corporate and commercial counseling practices to provide insights on interrelated legal and business issues.

Commercial Transactions. Morris Nichols provides cutting edge transactional counsel to national, international and local clients. Its lawyers excel at complex, innovative transactions — matters that include mergers, asset acquisitions and sales; joint ventures; financing and leasing; bankruptcy-related deals; as well as the structuring of commercial contracts of every kind.

Corporate & Commercial Litigation. 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.

Morris Nichols advocates 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. The firm also represents special committees of independent directors in connection with reviewing conflict transactions and with the investigation of potential and pending derivative claims. In addition, the firm routinely handles 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.

Corporate Counseling. Morris Nichols has for decades, and continues today, to play an important role in the development and evolution of Delaware corporate law. Its lawyers offer unparalleled legal advice to publicly traded and privately held corporations and their boards of directors and officers. The firm also advises international law firms, in-house counsel, and private equity and venture capital investors.

The firm's practice focuses on issues of corporate governance and those that are more transactional in nature, including advice concerning mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, financings and other complex transactions. Its work ranges from suggesting simple solutions based on its Delaware experience to providing formal legal opinions to designing and structuring complex transactions for businesses and investors throughout the world. Morris Nichols also regularly serves as special counsel to boards of directors and board committees, particularly in situations involving potential conflicts of interest.

Intellectual Property Litigation. Morris Nichols has one of the leading Intellectual Property Litigation practices in the United States. Best known for its market leading experience in patent litigation, the firm also represents clients in complex disputes involving trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, and antitrust. Morris Nichols has successfully litigated cases involving products and services in all areas of technology and for clients across a broad range of industries.

Real Estate. Morris Nichols provides a complete range of real estate law services to corporate, institutional and other clients, including lenders, developers, local business interests, charitable foundations, families and individuals. The firm provides legal advice with respect to planning, zoning, subdivision and development of real property, environmental matters and contracts for the purchase and sale of residential and commercial property.

Practice Areas

  • Alternative Entity Counseling
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Corporate & Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Counseling
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Trusts & Estates/Private Client
  • Unclaimed Property
  • Governmental Affairs
  • Real Estate

Offices

Wilmington, Delaware 

1201 North Market Street, 16th Floor, PO Box 1347

Wilmington, DE 19899-1347

t. 877-772-6628 or 302-658-9200

f: 302-658-3989

[email protected]

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Delaware

Bankruptcy/Restructuring
Band 1
Chancery
Band 1
Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities
Band 1
Intellectual Property
Band 1

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Andrew R Remming
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Karen JacobsIntellectual Property
Rodger D. Smith IIIntellectual Property
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Patricia O VellaCorporate/M&A
Jeremy A TiganIntellectual Property
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1201 North Market Street

Wilmington

Delaware

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DE 19801

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