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William M. Lafferty

Partner

Tel: (302) 351-9341
Fax: (302) 425-4679
wlafferty@mnat.com

Bill is a member of Morris Nichols’ Corporate and Business Litigation Group.  He has spent 24 years focusing on Delaware corporate and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on cases involving mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests and consent solicitations, and shareholder class and derivative actions.  His litigation practice is concentrated on cases pending in the Delaware Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court as well as matters in the federal court both in Delaware and in other jurisdictions.  He also advises corporate clients and boards of directors with respect to litigation and transactional matters including representations of special negotiating committees and special litigation committees.

Bill has acted as lead or co-counsel in numerous significant litigations involving Delaware corporate law issues during the past 24 years, including for companies such as Tory Burch LLC, eBay, Inc., Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., Google Inc., Facebook, Inc., Caremark CVS, Inc., Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., ConAgra Foods, Inc., Regal Entertainment Group, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Netflix, Inc., and United Technologies Corporation. 

Bill has also represented numerous private equity firms in litigations in Delaware arising from M&A transactions, including Texas Pacific Group, Angelo Gordon, Bain Capital, Francisco Partners, Golden Gate, Insight Venture Partners, and Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

He is a Fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves a member of the Advisory Board for the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, University of Delaware.

Bill is the author of numerous articles on Delaware corporate law and is a chapter contributor on appraisal rights and inspection of corporate/partnership books and records to a five volume corporate law treatise. He frequently presents before business and professional audiences on Delaware corporate law, and has been a guest instructor at M&A law classes at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, New York University, and Penn State Dickinson School of Law.  

He was named a Delaware Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, described as an “extraordinary” litigator by Chambers USA: Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers, and has been recognized as a leading Delaware litigator in Super Lawyers – Delaware, U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers, and LawDragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

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