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1201 North Market Street, 18th Floor, P.O. Box 1347 ,
Wilmington, Delaware - 19899



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Founded in 1930 by former United States District Court Judge Hugh M. Morris, partners of this law firm were the principal drafters of the modern Delaware General Corporation law and the Financial Center Development Act. Today, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell is one of the largest law firms in Delaware and serves top companies and banks—especially corporations in the computer, oil, chemical, and automotive industries. Its clients include Fortune 500 companies, complex alternative legal entities, smaller firms and partnerships, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. Morris Nichols attorneys participate in a variety of community service activities, working in conjunction with organizations such as the Community Legal Aid Society, American Civil Liberties Union, YMCA, Delaware Community Foundation, and Delaware Volunteer Legal Services.

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Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has achieved top ranking in Delaware in five practice areas, as determined by the prestigious international publisher Chambers & Partners. Seventeen attorneys were recognized as leaders in their respective practice areas and the firm ranked first in Delaware in the practices of Chancery, Corporate/M&A and Intellectual Property. Morris Nichols ranked second in the State in Bankruptcy/Restructuring and Real Estate.

Chambers & Partners cited the firm’s stellar reputation, its recent handling of high profile and complex matters, and the outstanding performance of its attorneys, individually and as practice teams. Among the many superlatives used to describe Morris Nichols’ attorneys are “talented and cerebral”, “charismatic”, and “deserving of the highest possible recognition.”

Of the Chancery practice, Chambers stated, “In a year which included the successful representation of Disney directors, this firm reinforces its reputation as ‘the most venerable and widely respected in town.’”

Describing the Corporate/M&A practice, Chambers noted that Morris Nichols is “…one of the brand-name names in the state, and that its reputation elicits “the utmost respect” among clients and competitors.”

Concerning the Intellectual Property practice, Chambers noted “Morris Nichols’s IP practice is hailed within Delaware and outside the state as an “excellent, smart team” with ‘the deepest bench in town.’”

In terms of the Bankruptcy/Restructuring practice, Chambers stated “with a key strength in bankruptcy litigation, this 16-attorney team wins support for its ‘intelligent and capable members .’”

The Real Estate practice was noted by Chambers as “highly regarded by observers” and “the practice’s industry knowledge and impressive client list are assets.”

Attorneys recognized by Chambers & Partners are:

Derek C. Abbott


Frederick H. Alexander


Lewis S. Black


Jack B. Blumenfeld

Intellectual Property

Robert J. Dehney


Mary B. Graham

Intellectual Property

Thomas C. Grimm

Intellectual Property

Louis G. Hering

Corporate/M&A: Alternative Entities

Donald N. Isken

Real Estate

John F. Johnston


William M. Lafferty


Karen Jacobs Louden

Intellectual Property

Kenneth J. Nachbar


Maryellen Noreika

Intellectual Property

A. Gilchrist Sparks III

Chancery: Corporate/M&A

William H. Sudell


Walter C. Tuthill

Corporate/M&A: Alternative Entities

Chambers & Partners Legal Directory is published annually, in several editions around the world. Its 2007 USA Edition was produced after eight months of extensive, objective research and in-depth interviews carried out across the United States by a team of independent researchers. Inclusion on the list is reserved for attorneys possessing superior legal acumen and reputation within their areas of practice.

Frederick H. Alexander, Lewis S. Black, John F. Johnston and A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, have been named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America list. According to the publishers of Lawdragon Magazine, the “Dragons” include the nation’s top mergers and acquisitions, corporate and real estate dealmakers in the first guide to focus exclusively on these specialists. Those named to the Leading Dealmakers list represent less than one-half of one percent of the legal profession, placing them among the most elite group of legal professionals.

The “Dealmakers” at Morris Nichols are:

Frederick H. Alexander, a partner and a member of the firm’s Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group, is regarded as an established authority on matters of Delaware corporation law. Editors of Lawdragon commented “His opinion carries weight in Delaware’s corporate-heavy courthouses.” He also is listed in Law & Politics magazine’s list of Super Lawyers® in Delaware, The Best Lawyers in America (2006, 2007), Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers For Business (2006, 2007), Who’s Who Legal (2006, 2007), and Lawdragon 500 - New Stars New Worlds (2006).

Lewis S. Black is Of Counsel and a member of the firm’s Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group. He is regarded as one of the leading lawyers in the United States advising on corporation law matters. According to Lawdragon, “The virtues of Delaware corporate law are known worldwide thanks to his eminence.” He also is listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers For Business (2006, 2007), Who’s Who Legal (2006, 2007), and Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2006).

John F. Johnston is a partner and a member of the firm’s Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group. He provides advice and formal legal opinions on Delaware law matters relating to a wide variety of transactions. He also is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2006, 2007), Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers For Business (2006, 2007), and Who’s Who Legal (2006, 2007).

A. Gilchrist Sparks, III is a partner and a member of the firm’s Corporate and Business Litigation and the Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Groups. Lawdragon commentary included “He doesn’t blanch at defending embattled clients such as Enron director Robert Belfer” and “…most notably, Sparks successfully defended Unocal against an unsolicited offer by Mesa Petroleum, a case that led the Delaware Supreme Court to create major guidelines for takeover battles.” He is listed in Law & Politics magazine’s list of Super Lawyers® in Delaware, Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2006), The Best Lawyers in America (2006, 2007), Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2006, 2007), and Who’s Who Legal (2006, 2007).

Primary Practice Areas

Business Reorganization and Restructuring, Commercial Law Counseling, Alternative Entities, Banking and Financial Services, Governmental Affairs, Real Estate, Corporate and Business Litigation, Business Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Trusts and Estates Litigation, Delaware Corporate Law Counseling, Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies, Intellectual Property Litigation, Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation: Delaware State Courts, Intellectual Property Litigation Beyond Delaware, Intellectual Property Litigation in The U.S. District of Delaware, Trusts, Estates and Tax Group.

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