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

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The Legal 500 US

The Legal 500 United States today released its 2023 edition, again ranking Morris Nichols in its guide of premier US law firms.

“Hailed as ‘one of the top firms in Delaware, whose name everyone knows,’” sources tell Legal 500 editors that the firm offers “an ‘unparalleled knowledge of Delaware law’.” “They also know the landscape and the courts inside and out.”

The Legal 500 publication emphasizes national law firm rankings to spotlight a select group of premier US firms renowned for their nationwide reach and exceptional handling of complex matters, rather than adopting a state-specific approach for each practice area.

Morris Nichols again appears in two Legal 500 practice categories:

  • Dispute resolution: M&A: litigation: defense, and
  • M&A/corporate and commercial: Delaware counsel.

Legal 500 editors distinguish Morris Nichols in these areas as a “go-to Delaware firm” that “frequently works alongside top-tier national defense firms on the most challenging and high-stakes cases in the market.” Clients value this experience, regarding the team “among the very best in the space and there is virtually no scenario under Delaware law they have not encountered and dealt with.”

“The partners and the team are world class,” acclaims another Legal 500 source, “extremely skilled, diligent, and effective in every respect.”

The guide recognizes 18 Morris Nichols attorneys for their work 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 consistent 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 Partner.”

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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