Jeffrey R. Wolters
Jeff counsels corporations, boards of directors and investors on Delaware law.
His practice ranges from advising venture-backed companies to counseling public company boards and board committees. He has been “Delaware counsel” to hundreds of public and private Delaware companies over the years and many of the leading VC and PE funds. Jeff also provides formal legal opinions on Delaware corporate law and related matters under the Delaware General Corporation Law.
Jeff has taught courses on corporate law and been a guest lecturer at law schools, including the University of Pennsylvania, California-Berkeley, and Villanova. He frequently writes and presents on corporate law topics relevant to private equity and venture capital stakeholders, is a contributing editor to the treatise Delaware Corporation Law and Practice, and has been recognized as a leading Delaware Corporate/M&A attorney in Chambers USA, The Legal 500 US, and The Best Lawyers in America.
Counseling on mergers, spin-offs, restructurings and financings
Advising VC and PE funds and their portfolio companies on financings, exits and conflict transactions
Counseling on transactions involving Delaware and non-US entities
Advising public and private company boards and committees on conflict transactions
News & Insights
- Media Mention, IFLR1000 United States, 09.14.2022
IFLR United States 2022 recognized Morris Nichols in two Delaware tables ranking the top M&A law firms and the leading restructuring and insolvency law firms.
- 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.
- Media Mention, The Legal 500 US, 06.08.2022
Morris Nichols was again ranked in The Legal 500 US, a nationwide guide to the foremost law firms in the United States.
- 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, Lawdragon 500, 05.12.2022
Lawdragon 500 released its second annual list of Leading Dealmakers in America. Six Morris Nichols partners have been included in the list, accounting for one third of the Delaware honorees.
- Speaking Engagement, Virtual | New York City, 04.07.2022
Jeff Wolters co-presents the session, “Crisis Management, Tough Judgment Calls and Legal Ethics Considerations in Representing Emerging Growth Companies.”
- Speaking Engagement, Virtual, 09.22.2021 through 09.24.2021
Four Morris Nichols partners will attend the conference as committee leaders and speakers, sharing insights on Delaware corporate law and VC/PE developments.
- Media Mention, IFLR1000 United States, 08.25.2021
IFLR United States 2021 - The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP in two Delaware tables ranking the top M&A law firms and the leading restructuring and insolvency law firms.
- 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, The Legal 500, 06.10.2021
Morris Nichols was ranked in The Legal 500 US, a nationwide guide to the foremost law firms in the United States.
- 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.
- Media Mention, Lawdragon 500, 05.12.2021
Lawdragon 500 recently released its inaugural list of Leading Dealmakers in America. Six Morris Nichols partners were selected for inclusion, comprising one third of the Delaware honorees.
- Speaking Engagement, Webinar, 04.08.2021
The Practising Law Institute presents its annual day-long program on Venture Capital 2021: Nuts and Bolts. Morris Nichols partner Jeff Wolters serves as faculty and will speak in the closing session, “Crisis Management, Tough Judgment Calls and Legal Ethics Considerations in Representing Emerging Growth Companies.”
- 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.
- Speaking Engagement, Webinar, 06.04.2020
- Client Alert, 05.08.2020
The first quarter of 2020 has brought interesting Delaware law developments for private, venture-backed companies. As is often the case, arising issues for companies in the venture capital and private equity space have had a different emphasis from the public company area. While public companies may be considering issues such as “virtual” stockholder meetings, delayed dividends and MACs in merger agreements, we have identified five main Delaware law highlights below in the VC/PE space.
- 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
- Article, 01.29.2018
For many years Delaware corporate law was mainly public company law. But now there is a critical mass of case law relevant to private and venture-backed companies, with 2017 adding to that law perhaps more than any prior year.
- Article, Law360, 12.20.2017
Litigation in Delaware in 2017 has somewhat turned on its head the long-held expectation that “every public deal draws a lawsuit” but “private company stockholders rarely sue.”
- Article, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 09.2016
The 2016 amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) were recently enacted.
- Client Alert, 11.03.2015
A periodic “heads-up” of legal developments in Delaware relevant to venture and private equity funds.
- Article, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 09.01.2015
The 2015 amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) address important policy topics and make certain technical improvements that should interest practitioners, including changes to the board approvals required to issue stock and changes to Delaware’s statute on ratification of corporate defects.
- Article, Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor, 07.31.2015
- Article, Insights: The Corporate & Securities Advisor, 10.2014
In several notable decisions, Delaware courts have allowed claims against officers to proceed and, in those decisions, discussed the potential liability that officers may face and offered certain practical suggestions for limiting the risk of liability faced by officers.
- Article, Business Law Today, 10.2014
The recent Delaware Court of Chancery decision in In re Nine Systems Corporation Shareholders Litigation is especially instructive for private company directors, investors, and the lawyers who advise them.
- Article, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 09.2014
The 2014 amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the DGCL) implement relatively minor, but important, improvements to existing provisions.
- Publication, Securities Law Techniques, LexisNexis/Matthew Bender, 08.13.2014
- Article, 05.01.2013
Jeff Wolters authored “Breacher Beware: Contract Damages in Delaware M&A Decisions” appearing in the Delaware Insider section of the April 2013 issue of the ABA’s Business Law Today.
- Liability Exposure for Delaware Incorporated Companies - The Risk of an Escheat Audit and Delaware’s New Voluntary Disclosure Program to Avoid PenaltiesArticle, 04.02.2013
Jeff Wolters, Morris Nichols Corporate Law Counseling Group partner, and Mike Houghton, Morris Nichols Unclaimed Property Law Counseling Group partner, co-authored Liability Exposure for Delaware Incorporated Companies - The Risk of an Escheat Audit and Delaware’s New Voluntary Disclosure Program to Avoid Penalties appearing in the April 2013 issue of TerraLex Connections.
- Article, 01.01.2013
James D. Honaker, Jeffrey R. Wolters, “Analysis of 2013 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law,” Aspen Publishers, Inc.
- Article, 12.01.2012
Jeffrey Wolters authored “Decisions in Delaware Offer Important Guidance for U.S. and Foreign Companies,” appearing in the December 2012 issue of TerraLex Connections.
- Article, 03.01.2012
Jeff Wolters authored “Running a Proper Interdependent Committee Process: Practice Tips from Recent Delaware Cases” appearing in the Delaware Insider section of the March 2012 issue of the ABA’s Business Law Today.
- Article, 03.01.2012
Jeffrey R. Wolters, Tom Kellerman, “Corporate Governance for Venture-Backed Companies,” The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation (March 2012)
- Article, 01.01.2012
Morris Nichols attorneys Jeffrey R. Wolters, Patricia O. Vella, and Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky contributed three chapters to the 2012 edition of Corporate Attorney’s Practice Guide, published by Lexis Nexis.
- Article, 11.01.2011
Jeffrey Wolters, Morris Nichols Corporate Law Counseling Group partner, and associate Amy Simmerman, authored “Innovations in Poison Pill Drafting” - appearing in the November 2011 issue of Practical Law The Journal.
- Article, 01.01.2009
James D. Honaker, Jeffrey R. Wolters, “Analysis of the 2009 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law,” Delaware, Aspen Publishers, Inc. (2009)
Honors & Recognitions
Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, ranked in Delaware corporate M&A, 2014-2022
The Legal 500 US, "Leading Lawyer” in Delaware M&A corporate counsel, 2020-2022
IFLR1000 United States, listed as a leading Delaware attorney, 2020-2022
Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance, listed in M&A and corporate governance, 2015-2019, 2022
The Best Lawyers in America, included in Delaware corporate law and mergers and acquisitions, 2010-2023; venture capital law, 2020-2023
Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America, listed for corporate law, M&A and Delaware law, 2022
Professional & Civic
American Bar Association (Business Law Section)
Delaware State Bar Association
National Venture Capital Association (General Counsel Advisory Board)
TerraLex (Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group, North America-Regional Vice Chair)
- Law Clerk to The Honorable Walter K. Stapleton, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1992-1993
University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 1992
Virginia Law Review, Articles Editor, 1991-1992
University of Delaware, BA, 1988
- Delaware, 1994
“Clients describe him as ‘very smart, very practical…a zealous advocate for his clients.” Chambers USA