John Reed > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Wilmington, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
United States
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Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; Corporate




John Reed has more than 20 years of experience successfully litigating cases before the Delaware Court of Chancery and the Delaware Supreme Court, the nation’s preeminent courts for resolving corporate disputes.

John usually serves as lead counsel and his national practice involves the counseling and representation of corporations, boards of directors, individual officers and directors, special board committees and large investors with regard to class actions and derivative breach of fiduciary duty claims, corporate control disputes, merger and acquisition litigation, actions involving the interpretation of charter provisions and bylaws, actions by directors/officers seeking advancement/indemnification, stockholder appraisal actions, stockholder requests for books and records, internal corporate investigations, litigation arising out of transactions involving subsidiaries, tender offers, asset sales, capital restructurings, stockholder meetings and votes, dissolutions, bankruptcy/insolvency considerations, corporate reporting and compliance programs and other matters involving corporate law and governance and the interpretation and enforcement of the Delaware General Corporation Law.

John is also called upon by corporations and other law firms, large and small, from across the country and around the world to serve as “Delaware counsel” for cases pending in the Delaware courts and/or to advise or opine on Delaware law issues for transactions being handled in other jurisdictions but governed by Delaware law.

When not involved in litigation, John has a significant arbitrage practice advising hedge funds, private equity funds and other investors in connection with pending deals and cases as well as evaluating provisions in corporate charters, bylaws, acquisition agreements and tender offer documents.


J.D., Widener University School of Law; B.A., Villanova University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

DLA Piper LLP (US) has 15 lawyers handling M&A litigation including key partner John Reed in Wilmington, who has 20 years’ experience in matters before the Delaware Court of Chancery and the Delaware Supreme Court. He recently handled In re Xura, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, in which he represented Mavenir, Inc, which was formerly known as Xura. The case challenged the price paid for Xura stock in its acquisition by Siris Capital Group in 2016. He also handled an appraisal case for Manti Holdings. James Mathias in Baltimore, who handled a case for Lasalle relating to its cancelled sale to Blackstone, is also recommended.