Jon’s practice focuses on litigation arising from corporate mergers and acquisitions and disputes relating to the governance and control of Delaware business entities.
Jon regularly represents major Fortune 500 corporations and advises boards of directors and special committees of directors on all aspects of Delaware corporation law, including defense of stockholder class and derivative actions, conflict transactions involving directors and controlling stockholders, and proxy contests. Recognized as a leading Delaware Chancery trial attorney, he has been ranked by Chambers USA and numerous other legal publications.
Jon also has substantial experience litigating major commercial disputes in the Complex Commercial Litigation Division of the Delaware Superior Court.
Lead counsel, successfully defended claims challenging dissolution of consumer products holding company. Mehra v. Teller, No. 2019-0812 KSJM (January 29, 2021)
Defended independent directors of Wells Fargo & Company in multi-forum litigation alleging breach of fiduciary duty claims (2017-2021)
Represented real estate joint venture in successful defense of contract claims, Simon-Mills II, LLC et al. v. Kan Am USA XVI Limited Partnership, et al., No. 8520-VCG (March 30, 2017)
Represented global biopharmaceutical company, Celgene Corporation, in Court of Chancery action alleging claims for excessive director equity compensation. In re Receptos, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, Consol. C.A. No. 11316-CB (July 21, 2016)
Lead counsel for petitioner, Ad-Venture, in an appraisal case pursuant to 8 Del. C. 262 in which the Delaware Court of Chancery awarded an appraisal value that was more than 2.5 times the merger price, which is among the largest percentage awards in the history of appraisal law. In re ISN Software Corp. Appraisal Litigation, C.A. No. 8388-VCG (August 11, 2016)
Served as Delaware counsel on the trial team that won one of the ten largest jury verdicts in the nation in 2013. Michael Lesh, M.D. and Erik Van Der Burg v. ev3, Inc., C.A. No. 05C-05-218 CLS (May 1, 2013)
Successfully represented Hallmark Cards in litigation challenging the recapitalization of Crown Media. S. Muoio & Co. LLC v. Hallmark Entertainment Investments Co., et al., C.A. No. 4729-CC (March 9, 2011)
Represented Unocal in litigation arising out of its acquisition of Pure Resources. In re Pure Resources, Inc. Shareholders Litigation, Consol. C.A. No. 19876 (October 7, 2002)
Represented Bain Capital, Vornado and KKR before the Court of Chancery in litigation challenging their acquisition of Toy-R-Us. In re Toys “R” Us, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, Consol. C.A. No. 1212-N (June 22, 2005)
News & Insights
- 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, 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, 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
- Firm News, 08.15.2019
Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2019) - Thirty-five Morris Nichols attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 94,000 eligible attorneys.
- Speaking Engagement, Madison, New Jersey, 04.25.2019
- Speaking Engagement, New York, NY, 12.08.2010
- Article, 10.01.2005
Jon E. Abramczyk, Thomas W. Briggs Jr., “Delaware Special Committees - Worth Another Look,” Securities News, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Vol. 12, No. 25 (Fall 2002)
- Article, 08.01.2003
Jon E. Abramczyk, James D. Honaker, “Going-Private ‘Dilemma’?—Not in Delaware,” 58 Bus. Law. 1351 (Aug. 2003)
Honors & Recognitions
Chambers USA: Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers, ranked in Delaware Chancery, 2009-2021
The Legal 500 US, mentioned in M&A litigation, 2015-2019
Delaware Super Lawyers, listed in business litigation, 2008, 2010-2021
The Best Lawyers in America, listed in commercial litigation and corporate law, 2009-2022
Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star in commercial and securities litigation, 2015-2021
Professional & Civic
Delaware Supreme Court Rules Committee (Former Member)
Delaware Symphony Association (Former Chairman of the Board)
Delaware Arts Consortium Endowment Fund (Former President)
- Law Clerk to The Honorable Joseph T. Walsh, Delaware Supreme Court, 1985-1986
Tulane University Law School, JD, cum laude, 1985
Tulane Law Review, senior managing editor, 1984-1985, editor, 1983-1984
University of Pennsylvania, BA and BS, health care economics, 1982
US Army, Airborne, Air Assault, Honors Program, 1986-1990, Chief Counsel US Army Corps of Engineers
- Delaware, 1986
- Pennsylvania, 1985
- US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- US Supreme Court