D. McKinley (Mac) Measley
Mac is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and litigates corporate, alternative entity, and commercial disputes in the state and federal courts in Delaware.
Mac is a former judicial law clerk on the Delaware Court of Chancery for Vice Chancellor Stephen P. Lamb.
His matters often involve shareholder class actions, derivative lawsuits, disputes among boards of directors and large stockholders, contests for control of corporations or alternative entities, litigation among parties to merger agreements, and post-closing contract disputes involving claims to funds held in escrow and related tort claims. Mac’s recent matters also include statutory proceedings such as director and stockholder books and records demands, ratification proceedings, dissolution litigation, and appraisal matters.
Mac has litigated a variety of cases involving important developments in Delaware law, including:
The MFW doctrine - Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., 88 A.3d 635 (Del. 2014), Nicholas Olenik v. Frank A. Lodzinski, et al., C.A. No. 2017-0414-JRS (Del. Ch. July 20, 2018), IRA Trust of FBO Bobbie Ahmed et al. v. David Crane et al., C.A. No. 12742-CB (Del. Ch. Jan. 26, 2018)
Stock reclassification matters - In re Google Inc. Class C S’holder Litig., C.A. No. 7469-VCG, IRA Trust of FBO Bobbie Ahmed et al. v. David Crane et al., C.A. No. 12742-CB (Del. Ch. Jan. 26, 2018)
Fraud claims based on “extra-contractual” representations - ChyronHego Corp. v. Cliff Wight, C.A. No. 2017-0548-SC (Del. Ch. July 31, 2018), Anvil Holding Corp. v. Iron Acquisition Co., C.A. No. 7975-VCP (Del. Ch. May 17, 2013)
Judicial ratification under 8 Del. C. § 205 - Michael DePinto et al. v. John S. Stafford et al., C.A. No. 10742-CB
News & Insights
- Media Mention, The Best Lawyers in America, 08.18.2022
The Best Lawyers in America has released its 2023 edition, listing 35 attorneys from Morris Nichols. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 71,000 eligible attorneys.
- Chambers USA 2022 Ranks Morris Nichols in Top Tier for Four Delaware Practices; 28 Attorneys Named Leading Delaware PractitionersMedia Mention, Chambers USA, 06.01.2022
Chambers USA has again ranked Morris Nichols in Band 1 for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property.
- Media Mention, Super Lawyers, 05.25.2022
2022 Delaware Super Lawyers slected thirteen Morris Nichols attorneys for inclusion.
- Media Mention, The Best Lawyers in America, 08.19.2021
The Best Lawyers in America has released its 2022 edition, listing thirty-two attorneys from Morris Nichols. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 66,000 eligible attorneys.
- Media Mention, Super Lawyers, 05.26.2021
One dozen Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion in 2021 Delaware Super Lawyers.
- Chambers USA 2021 Again Recognizes Morris Nichols in Band 1 in Four Delaware Practices; 27 Attorneys Named Among Leading Delaware PractitionersMedia Mention, Chambers USA, 05.20.2021
The 2021 edition of Chambers USA has again ranked Morris Nichols in the top tier in four Delaware practice categories.
- Firm News, 05.03.2021
In April 2020, the Delaware Supreme Court heard arguments on Cigna’s appeal, and on May 3, 2021, affirmed the trial court’s decision and rejected bid for the $1.85 billion termination fee.
- Firm News, Benchmark Litigation, 10.05.2020
- Firm News, 08.20.2020
Thirty-one Morris Nichols attorneys were recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 67,000 eligible attorneys.
- Firm News, 06.10.2020
The Legal 500 United States today released its 2020 edition, ranking Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP in its nationwide guide to the foremost law firms in the United States.
- Firm News, 05.28.2020
- Chambers USA 2020 Ranks Morris Nichols Band 1 in Four Delaware Practices; 24 Morris Nichols Attorneys Recognized Among Leading Delaware PractitionersFirm News, 04.23.2020
- Morris Nichols Elects Mac Measley, Andrew Remming, Jason Russell as Partners; Karl Randall as Special CounselFirm News, 01.04.2016
Wilmington, DE (January 4, 2016) - Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that Mac Measley, Andrew Remming and Jason Russell have been elected partners, and that Karl Randall has been promoted to special counsel, effective January 1, 2016.
- Article, Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor, 06.30.2015
Morris Nichols attorneys Bill Lafferty, John DiTomo and Mac Measly contributed this article on the Delaware Court of Chancery ruling in Healthways II concerning a so-called “dead hand proxy put” provision in a credit agreement.
Honors & Recognitions
Chambers USA: Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers, ranked in Delaware Chancery, 2020-2022
The Legal 500 US, mentioned in M&A litigation, 2020
The Best Lawyers in America, listed in M&A litigation, 2019-2023
Delaware Super Lawyers, Rising Star in business litigation, 2016-2022
Benchmark Litigation, Future Star, 2017-2021
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Stephen P. Lamb, Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, 2007-2008
Columbia University School of Law, JD, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 2007
Bucknell University, BS, BA, cum laude, 2004
- Delaware, 2008
- US District Court for the District of Delaware, 2009
Mac garners praise from market sources, one of whom praises his “very broad and expert knowledge of the law and how it intersects with business corporations” and another says “he has great judgment and is hard-working.” - Chambers USA 2021 and 2022