Bill Lafferty Elected Chair of Morris Nichols’ Executive Committee

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Wilmington, DE (January 19, 2021) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that William M. Lafferty has been elected chair of the Delaware law firm’s Executive Committee.

Bill succeeds Andrew M. Johnston.  “I am humbled and excited to move into this role,” Bill said. “Andy did a terrific job leading Morris Nichols over the past three years, especially through the unprecedented challenges of 2020.  We are blessed with excellent clients and hard-working, talented attorneys and staff.  I look forward to maintaining and growing Morris Nichols’ reputation as trusted Delaware law advisors.”

Bill grew up in Delaware, graduated from the University of Delaware, and returned to practice law in Delaware after graduating from The Dickinson School of Law.  Bill joined Morris Nichols in 1990 following a judicial clerkship for the Delaware Court of Chancery.  He has spent his more than 30-year career at Morris Nichols focusing on Delaware corporate and commercial litigation and acted as lead or co-counsel in numerous significant litigations involving Delaware corporate law issues.

Top-ranked by Chambers USA and The Legal 500, Bill is a Fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, and the NYU School of Law Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance.  He also co-chairs the Tulane Corporate Law Institute and speaks and teaches regularly about Delaware corporate law issues. 

Bill is an active leader in the Delaware Bar and in the broader Delaware community.  He currently serves as a co-chair of the Combined Campaign for Justice, serves as chair of the Court of Chancery Rules Committee, and previously chaired the Delaware Continuing Legal Education Commission and served two terms on the Board of Bar Examiners.  Bill serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Delaware, and the Sanford School in Hockessin.  He also serves on the board or advisory board of three charitable organizations:  Unidel Foundation, Arsht-Cannon Fund, and the Heald Scholarship Committee.

About Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

Recognized as Delaware’s premier law firm, Morris Nichols handles bet-the-company, high-stakes matters in the four key areas of corporate litigation, alternative entity and corporate counseling, bankruptcy and restructuring, and intellectual property litigation. The firm is regularly involved as lead counsel or co-counsel in matters of national and international significance, as well as those affecting its immediate community.


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