The Legal 500 Distinguishes Morris Nichols Among Leading US Law Firms for M&A

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The Legal 500

The Legal 500 United States today released its 2021 edition, ranking Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP in its nationwide guide to the foremost law firms in the United States.

Legal 500 sources report Morris Nichols “has developed a remarkable reputation for its full-service Delaware law offering.” In testimonials, clients tell Legal 500, “Their experience and knowledge has been extremely helpful in each engagement. They also have demonstrated exceptional in-court and writing skills.”

For the seventh year in a row, Morris Nichols appears in the mergers and acquisitions table for “Dispute resolution: M&A: litigation: defense,” with Legal 500 remarking the firm “'sets the gold standard for Delaware law firms’….Over the years, its lawyers have argued many landmark cases that have established the principles of Delaware corporate law and defined the fiduciary duties that govern boards of directors of many major corporations.”

Once more, Morris Nichols appeared in the section dedicated to “M&A/corporate and commercial: Delaware counsel.” The Legal 500 notes, “The department’s broad experience includes assisting both publicly traded and privately held companies, as well as their management, with some of the largest transactions in the market….Further, the group’s approach to structuring complex transactions is particularly innovative in multiple respects.”

In order to highlight a small number of elite US firms with a national presence and sophisticated work, The Legal 500 organizes each practice area into a single national ranking, generally eschewing a state-by-state approach.

The 2021 edition features the work of 18 Morris Nichols attorneys in M&A litigation, corporate and commercial law. In the “Dispute resolution: M&A: litigation: defense” practice area, Bill Lafferty is ranked as “Leading Lawyer” and Ken Nachbar earns “Hall of Fame” recognition awarded to individuals who are at the pinnacle of the profession and have received constant praise from their clients for continued excellence. In the “M&A/corporate and commercial: Delaware counsel” practice area, Melissa DiVincenzo, Lou Hering, and Jeff Wolters are named among “Leading Lawyers” and Jason Russell is the sole attorney recognized as a “Next Generation Lawyer.”

Dispute resolution: M&A: litigation: defense

M&A/corporate and commercial: Delaware counsel


Published for more than 30 years, The Legal 500 provides comprehensive worldwide analysis of the capabilities of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions. Research is based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers, and a team of researchers with experience in the legal market.


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 entities 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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