The Delaware Option


As you’re weighing where you’d might like to start your legal career, consider the following cases:  Revlon v. McAndrews & Forbes Holdings, The L.A. Doctor’s Bankruptcy, Roy E. Disney v. The Walt Disney Company, Nokia Corporation v. Apple Incorporated

If you’re interested in corporate litigation, mergers and acquisitions and other commercial transactions, bankruptcy and restructuring or intellectual property law, these are the types of deals or cases you’d probably like to be working on.  

What you may not know is that all of these transactions and cases and thousands more like them are governed by Delaware law and adjudicated in Delaware where the majority of Fortune 500 companies are incorporated. 

Even though the cases are just as big as in New York or California, and the deals just as high stakes, the Delaware firms are a lot smaller.  In Delaware, you can work in a firm of 90 instead of hundreds or even thousands like you’d find in larger cities. 

This has several advantages.  In Delaware, you have a much faster career track.  You’re likely to find yourself working directly with partners and clients almost immediately.  You may even see your name on a brief in your first year. 

With a one-to-one partner to associate ratio, you’re being developed right out of the gate as a collaborator and, since cases in Delaware are so often on the cutting edge of the law, you’ll be given responsibility immediately. 

Having so much variation case to case is challenging but it’s also rewarding. 

What about Delaware as a place to live or raise a family?  You have a wide range of living options.  If you like big city life, Philadelphia is a short commute, or you could live on a farm in the country or anywhere in between.  You could afford a palace in Delaware for the price of a shoebox in Manhattan.  Wilmington is also just a short drive or train ride from both New York and Washington, and Southern Delaware’s beaches are a very popular summer destination. 

High profile, interesting cases, attorneys at the very top of the profession, and legendary courts with experienced judges – all in one small accessible place.  We hope you’ll consider Delaware and Morris Nichols as the place to build a rich and satisfying legal career.

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    Chambers USA 2024 and Chambers High Net Worth 2023 Recognizes Morris Nichols in Band 1 for Delaware Bankruptcy, Chancery, Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities, Intellectual Property and Private Wealth Law

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    Recognized as a Law360 Delaware Regional Powerhouse in 2023

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    Recognized by The Legal 500 US 2024 for M&A litigation and M&A/corporate and commercial.

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    39 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024

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    12 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2024 Delaware Super Lawyers

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    Ranked by Benchmark Litigation in top band for Delaware law firms

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    Ranked a “Gold” IP law firm by Intellectual Asset Management in its IAM Patent 1000

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    Ranked in the top Delaware bands by IFLR United States for M&A and restructuring and insolvency

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