Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP > Wilmington, United States > Firm Profile

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
CHASE MANHATTAN CENTER, 18TH FLOOR
1201 NORTH MARKET STREET
WILMINGTON, DE
United States

M&A/corporate and commercial > Delaware counsel Tier 1

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP‘s team is highlighted for its ‘deep expertise in all matters relating to Delaware corporate law and governance‘, with its work spanning M&A, spin-offs, financings and other complex transactions. The practice has been notably active in handling several high-profile SPAC transactions for clients such as Archer Aviation, Hyperfine and Nextdoor. Another driver of work has involved assisting clients with recovering from financing issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic; in early 2021 it served as lead counsel to aerospace parts manufacturer Impresa Aerospace on its chapter 11 filing for bankruptcy. Andrew M. Johnston and Daniel Matthews, who are ‘standout lawyers with tremendous insights‘, co-head the team from the Wilmington office along with David A. Harris and Louis G. Hering. Jeffrey R. Wolters, Melissa A. DiVincenzo and R. Jason Russell are also recommended.

Testimonials

‘The Morris, Nichols team is excellent. They have deep expertise in all matters relating to Delaware corporate law and governance, and they are unparalleled in their dedication to service and collaboration in my opinion. I have worked with Andrew Johnston and Daniel Matthews in particular for many years and can’t say enough good things about them and their partnership.’

‘Morris, Nichols has a unique ability to advise on extremely complex matters with tremendous efficiency and facility and to advise on nuanced questions of Delaware law with a great depth of experience.’

‘I generally work with Andrew Johnston and Daniel Matthews. They are standout lawyers with tremendous insights.’

‘Melissa DiVincenzo is extremely responsive and knowledgeable.’

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 2

Their advice is not just legally excellent but is incredibly practical‘, say clients of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, the firm among the leading Delaware counsel with a strong record of success in landmark cases, whether working with national defense firms or serving as lead counsel, and demonstrating ‘excellent judgment as to when it makes sense to litigate an issue aggressively and when it makes sense to look for a less aggressive solution‘. Megan Ward Cascio, who leads the practice with Kevin M. Coen, is representing a Special Committee of the Board of Directors of GCI Liberty Inc. in a class action filed by shareholders who claim maneuvers by its controllers and fiduciary duty breaches in the company’s $8.7bn merger with Liberty Broadband. Standout partner Kenneth J. Nachbar also has a lead role in that matter. The firm has a deep bench of talent with Willam M. Lafferty among the most highly regarded practitioners in Delaware. He is currently working with Susan Wood Waesco as lead counsel to Cisco Systems in enjoining Acacia Communications from terminating a merger agreement. All lawyers mentioned are in Wilmington.

Other key lawyers:

Willam M. Lafferty; Kenneth J. Nachbar; Susan Wood Waesco; Jon Abramczyk; Thomas Briggs; David Teklits

Testimonials

‘Morris Nichols is extremely responsive without regard to how many other matters they are working on. I also find that their advice is not just legally excellent but is incredibly practical. They exercise excellent judgment as to when it makes sense to litigate an issue aggressively and when it makes sense to look for a less aggressive solution.’

‘The litigation team at MNAT is extremely responsive, efficient and collaborative. They excel at working with outside counsel, clients and experts as a team effort in handling complex corporate litigation in the Court of Chancery. I always value their thoughtful insight and analysis, and they regularly have a great read on the Court and the Court of Chancery bar. They also do a great job in updating outside counsel on important Delaware developments.’

‘Tom Briggs is such a valued partner and resource in handling a variety of Court of Chancery litigation. I value his thoughtful and practical insight and strategies, his tireless efforts, and his positive attitude and great people skills. He is constructive and strives to solve problems, but is not hesitant to offer the tough advice and caution where warranted. Bill Lafferty is a persuasive advocate whose terrific insight, creativity and experience are always valued.’

‘My primary contact is Jon Abramczyk. His experience and judgment not only serves clients interests but does so in an incredibly efficient manner.’

‘Morris Nichols is absolutely my first choice when seeking Delaware counsel for M&A litigation. It is hard to think of a majority M&A case in Delaware in which they were not involved. Their experience and reputation is unparalleled.’

‘Bill Lafferty, David Teklits, Kevin Coen and the rest of their team are great advocates and sound counsellors, well respected by the bench and bar for their unparalleled experience and sound judgment. They also are easy to work with, with no sharp elbows.’

‘Tom Briggs is simply superb. He is efficient, knowledgeable, and has great instincts for getting to the right result.’

‘Extraordinary knowledge of Delaware law and bench; diverse team – several women partners/senior associates. Always collaborative’

Recognized as Delaware’s premier law firm, Morris Nichols handles bet-the-company, high-stakes matters in the four key areas of corporate litigation, commercial 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 our 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.  Our 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, we offer 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 our 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. Our 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.

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.

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

Our 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. Our work ranges from suggesting simple solutions based on our Delaware experience to providing formal legal opinions to designing and structuring complex transactions for businesses and investors throughout the world. We also regularly serve 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 our market leading experience in patent litigation, we also represent clients in complex disputes involving trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, and antitrust. We have successfully litigated cases involving products and services in all areas of technology and for clients across a broad range of industries.

Trusts & Estates/Private Client. Morris Nichols is nationally known for the strength of its Trusts & Estates/Private Client practice. We advise a broad range of clients in connection with trusts, estate planning and administration, and fiduciary litigation. We also have a market leading practice advising banks and trust companies in the highly specialized area of Delaware trust law. Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) has ranked our practice in Band 1 among Delaware private wealth law firms, with sources touting the group’s reputation as “one of the leading firms in Delaware,” and the “first point of reference” on Delaware trust law.

Unclaimed Property. Morris Nichols has played an integral role in shaping Delaware’s unclaimed property law – from helping draft the state’s statutes and regulations, to its relevant audit and voluntary disclosure procedures.

Global Connection

Clients often turn to Morris Nichols with matters of international significance. We are the Delaware representative of TerraLex, a global network of 160 independent law firms and 21,000 attorneys in more than 100 countries.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate Counseling Andrew M. Johnstonajohnston@morrisnichols.com(302) 351-9202
Corporate Counseling James D. Honakerjhonaker@morrisnichols.com(302) 351-9103
Alternative Entity Counseling David A. Harrisdharris@morrisnichols.com(302) 351-9351
Alternative Entity Counseling Louis G. Heringlhering@morrisnichols.com(302) 351-9213
Corporate & Business Litigation Megan Ward Casciomcascio@morrisnichols.com(302) 351-9364
Corporate & Business Litigation Kevin M. Coenkcoen@morrisnichols.com(302) 351-9301
Bankruptcy & Restructuring Robert J. Dehneyrdehney@morrisnichols.com(302) 351-9353
Intellectual Property Litigation Karen Jacobskjacobs@morrisnichols.com(302) 351-9227
Intellectual Property Litigation Jeremy A. Tiganjtigan@morrisnichols.com(302) 351-9106
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Jon E. Abramczyk photo Jon E. AbramczykA partner at Morris Nichols, Jon’s practice focuses on litigation arising from…
Thomas W. Briggs Jr. photo Thomas W. Briggs Jr.A partner at Morris Nichols, Tom represents national and regional clients in…
Thomas W. Briggs Jr. photo Thomas W. Briggs Jr.A partner at Morris Nichols, Tom represents national and regional clients in…
Megan Ward Cascio photo Megan Ward CascioA partner at Morris Nichols, Megan’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial…
Kevin M. Coen photo Kevin M. CoenA partner at Morris Nichols, Kevin’s extensive trial experience and diverse litigation…
John P. DiTomo photo John P. DiTomoA partner at Morris Nichols, John’s practice includes representing investors, directors and…
Melissa A. DiVincenzo photo Melissa A. DiVincenzoMorris Nichols partner Melissa DiVincenzo provides advice on corporate governance matters and…
David A. Harris photo David A. HarrisDavid’s practice focuses on the fields of partnership, limited liability company and…
Tarik J. Haskins photo Tarik J. HaskinsTarik’s practice covers a range of commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions,…
Louis G. Hering photo Louis G. HeringMorris Nichols partner Lou Hering is actively involved in the organization and…
James D. Honaker photo James D. HonakerMorris Nichols partner Jim Honaker advises public companies, boards of directors and…
S. Mark Hurd photo S. Mark HurdMorris Nichols partner Mark Hurd frequently represents committees of independent directors, including…
Andrew M. Johnston photo Andrew M. JohnstonAndy serves as chair of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  His practice includes…
Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky photo Eric S. Klinger-WilenskyMorris Nichols partner Eric Klinger-Wilensky counsels corporations and special committees in the…
William M. Lafferty photo William M. LaffertyMorris Nichols partner Bill Lafferty has spent more than 30 years focusing…
William M. Lafferty photo William M. LaffertyMorris Nichols partner Bill Lafferty has spent more than 30 years focusing…
Daniel D. Matthews photo Daniel D. MatthewsDan advises public and private corporations on a wide range of Delaware…
Kenneth J. Nachbar photo Kenneth J. NachbarMorris Nichols partner Ken Nachbar focuses on cases involving mergers and acquisitions,…
R. Jason Russell photo R. Jason RussellMorris Nichols partner Jason Russell focuses on limited liability company, partnership (including…
R. Judson Scaggs, Jr. photo R. Judson Scaggs, Jr.For 30 years, Morris Nichols partner RJ Scaggs has concentrated his practice…
David J. Teklits photo David J. TeklitsA partner at Morris Nichols, David’s practice focuses on corporate and alternative entity…
Patricia O. Vella photo Patricia O. VellaMorris Nichols partner Patricia Vella regularly provides advice on corporate governance matters…
Susan Wood Waesco photo Susan Wood WaescoA partner at Morris Nichols, Susan’s practice focuses on proceedings in the…
Jeffrey R. Wolters photo Jeffrey R. WoltersMorris Nichols partner Jeff Wolters counsels corporations, boards of directors and investors…
Number of partners : 42
Number of other attorneys : 45
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Executive Committee Chair : William M. Lafferty