Andrew M. Johnston > Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP > Wilmington, United States > Lawyer Profile

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
United States

Work Department

Corporate Counseling


Andy serves as chair of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  His practice includes advising corporations and their counsel on a wide variety of Delaware corporate law issues including those relating to the fiduciary duties of directors, officers and stockholders, financings, conflict of interest transactions, corporate governance, indemnification and director liability.

He has worked closely with boards of directors, special committees of directors, and managements of public and private corporations in conflict transactions, proxy contests, sale of control and business combination transactions, hostile takeovers and initial public offerings.

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Andy serves on the Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, which considers amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law and other Delaware statutes that enable the formation of other types of business entities.

Andy frequently writes and speaks on the role and duty of directors and stockholders.  He is the coauthor of two Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Series Portfolios: Special Committees of Independent Directors and Preferred Stock.


  • American Bar Association (Business Law Section)
    • Drafting Subcommittee of the Corporate Practice Committee
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Contemporary Corporate Forms published by Aspen Law and Business (Editor)
  • Delaware State Bar Association (Council of the Corporation Law Section)


  • J.D., cum laude, 1982, Northwestern University School of Law
  • A.B., economics, summa cum laude, 1979, Kenyon College

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Delaware counsel

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.