Andrew M. Johnston

Partner

(302) 351-9202 T
(302) 425-3018 F

Andy has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

Andy is a member of the Delaware Corporate Counseling Group and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  His practice includes advising corporations and their counsel on a wide variety of Delaware corporate law issues including those relating to the fiduciary duties of directors, officers and stockholders, financings, conflict of interest transactions, corporate governance, indemnification and director liability.  He has worked closely with boards of directors, special committees of directors, and managements of public and private corporations in conflict transactions, proxy contests, sale of control and business combination transactions and hostile takeovers.

Andy serves on the Drafting Subcommittee of the Corporate Practice Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, which is responsible for preparing model corporate documents for both Delaware and the Model Act.

He has been named in the Delaware Corporate/M&A category in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, mentioned in The Legal 500 US for his corporate counseling work, selected by his peers for inclusion in Delaware Super Lawyers and listed in The Best Lawyers in America as a leading Delaware attorney for Corporate Law, Corporate Governance Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law.

He is the coauthor of two Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Series Portfolios: Special Committees of Independent Directors and Preferred Stock.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Business Law Section, Drafting Subcommittee of the Corporate Practice Committee)
  • Contemporary Corporate Forms published by Aspen Law and Business (Editor)
  • Delaware State Bar Association (Council of the Corporation Law Section)

News

32 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2017) – Thirty-two attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 83,000 eligible attorneys. Six firm attorneys earned “Lawyer of the Year” designations (noted... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2017 Ranks Morris Nichols Band 1 in Four Delaware Practice Areas; 23 Morris Nichols Attorneys Recognized Among the Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 26, 2017) – The 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware categories for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property. Twenty-three... Continue Reading

16 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2017 Delaware Super Lawyers

Wilmington, DE (May 12, 2017) – Sixteen Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion to the 2017 Delaware Super Lawyers list.  William M. Lafferty was named to the “Top 10” list for Delaware.  In addition, attorneys Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky, Kimberly Gill McKinnon, D. McKinley (Mac) Measley, and Curtis S. Miller were... Continue Reading

31 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2016) – Thirty attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 79,000 eligible attorneys. Six firm attorneys earned “Lawyer of the Year” designations (noted... Continue Reading

The Legal 500 Recognizes Morris Nichols as a Leading M&A Law Firm

Wilmington, DE (June 15, 2016) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been ranked as a leading M&A law firm in The Legal 500 United States 2016. Now in its tenth edition, the U.S. guide organizes various practice areas into a single national ranking to highlight firms with a national presence in sophisticated and complex... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Morris Nichols Band 1 in Four Delaware Practice Areas; 25 Morris Nichols Attorneys Recognized Among the Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 27, 2016) – The 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware categories for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property. Twenty-five Morris... Continue Reading

17 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2016 Delaware Super Lawyers

Wilmington, DE (May 13, 2016) – Seventeen Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion to the 2016 Delaware Super Lawyers list.  Jack B. Blumenfeld was named to the “Top 10” list for Delaware.  In addition, attorneys Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky, D. McKinley (Mac) Measley, Curtis S. Miller, and Matthew R. Clark were recognized as... Continue Reading

Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2016 Names Nine Morris Nichols Attorneys

Wilmington, DE (February 8, 2016) – Nine Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP partners will be listed in Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2016. Jon Abramczyk, Frederick Alexander, Melissa DiVincenzo, Andrew Johnston, William Lafferty, Kenneth Nachbar, Gil Sparks, Patricia Vella, and Jeffrey Wolters have all been identified as leaders... Continue Reading

30 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

Wilmington, DE (August 17, 2015) – Thirty attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 79,000 eligible attorneys. Jack B. Blumenfeld was named the Best Lawyers® 2016... Continue Reading

The Legal 500 Ranks Morris Nichols as a Leading M&A Firm in the United States

Wilmington, DE (June 3, 2015) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been ranked as a leading M&A law firm in The Legal 500 United States 2015. Now in its ninth edition, the U.S. guide organizes various practice areas into a single national ranking. “Only a small number of firms in the United States have a truly national... Continue Reading

Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2015 Recognizes Morris Nichols Attorneys

Wilmington, DE (May 15, 2015) – Seven Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP partners have been recognized in Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2015. Through client and peer research, the independent guide evaluates hundreds of attorneys worldwide to identify leaders in the field.  The publication highlights the “considerable... Continue Reading

28 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015

Wilmington, DE (August 18, 2014) – Twenty-eight attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell were selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 50,000 attorneys. Two partners received special recognition as 2015 Delaware Lawyer of the... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Lawyers Named in Who's Who Legal: Mergers & Acquisitions 2014

Wilmington, DE (April 16, 2014) – Four Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell lawyers, have been named in The Who’s Who Legal: Mergers & Acquisitions 2014. Frederick H. Alexander, Andrew M. Johnston, A. Gilchrist Sparks and Patricia O. Vella were named among the world’s leading mergers and acquisitions attorneys by Who’s... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America - 60 Practice Specialty Selections; 22 Top-Listed Practice areas; 5 Delaware Lawyers of the Year

Wilmington, DE (August 21, 2013) – Morris Nichols is pleased to announce that two thirds of the firm's partnership have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  The firm was noted for 60 individual specialty selections, 22 "Top-Listed" practice specialties, and five individual 2014 Delaware Lawyers... Continue Reading

22 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013

Wilmington, DE (May 23, 2013) – 22 Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013.  Rick Alexander and A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, were named to the Best of the Best Top 10 Delaware Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who... Continue Reading

28 Morris Nichols Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013

Wilmington, DE (August 31, 2012) – 28 Morris Nichols attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013 in twenty two practice areas. Morris Nichols lawyers were selected for outstanding reputations and distinguished work in their practice areas based on a confidential peer-review survey of the top attorneys in the country, according... Continue Reading

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Events

ALI Executive Compensation 2017: Strategy, Design, and Implementation

6.8.2017 through 6.9.2017 in New York, NY - Corporate Counseling
Andrew M. Johnston

American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (CLE) has announced the return of Executive Compensation: Strategy, Design, and Implementation, an annual conference for legal counsel, advisors, human resource professionals, and experienced practitioners to keep current with the rapid changes in executive compensation. Registrants for the two-day... Continue Reading

The Seminar Group’s 2016 Mergers and Acquisitions: What’s Changed in M&A and Alternative Liquidity?

11.17.2016 in Seattle, WA - Corporate Counseling
Andrew M. Johnston

The Seminar Group hosts its annual M&A program on November 17, 2016 in Seattle, Wash. Morris Nichols partner Andy Johnston serves as faculty and will present the session, “Update from the First State” covering developments in Delaware corporate law. CLE opportunities are available. For more information and to register, visit the host’s... Continue Reading

ABA’s Executive Compensation National Institute 2016

11.14.2016 through 11.15.2016 in Washington, DC - Corporate Counseling
Andrew M. Johnston

The American Bar Association’s Joint Committee on Employee Benefits hosts its annual program on executive compensation from November 14-15, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Morris Nichols partner Andy Johnston serves as faculty and will present, “Director and Executive Compensation Litigation” covering the latest developments and trends in... Continue Reading

ALI Executive Compensation 2016: Strategy, Design, and Implementation

6.16.2016 through 6.17.2016 in New York, NY - Corporate Counseling
Andrew M. Johnston

The American Law Institute hosts “Executive Compensation 2016: Strategy, Design, and Implementation” from June 16 to 17, 2016 in New York City. Morris Nichols partner Andy Johnston serves as faculty and participates in two sessions on June 16: “A Primer on Delaware Corporate Law for Compensation Specialists and the Latest Delaware Cases,”... Continue Reading

ABA’s Executive Compensation National Institute 2015

11.16.2015 through 11.17.2015 in Washington, DC - Corporate Counseling
Andrew M. Johnston

The American Bar Association hosts the 29th Annual National Institute on Executive Compensation from November 16-17, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Morris Nichols partner Andy Johnston serves as faculty and will present the session on “Director and Executive Compensation Litigation” on Tuesday, November 17 at 2 p.m. Recently, the Delaware Chancery... Continue Reading

The Seminar Group’s 2nd Annual Mergers & Acquisitions in Technology Industries

11.5.2015 in Seattle, WA - Corporate Counseling
Andrew M. Johnston

On November 5, 2015, The Seminar Group hosts its 2nd Annual Mergers and Acquisitions in Technology Industries program in Seattle, Wash. Morris Nichols partner Andy Johnston serves as faculty and will present the session, “Corporate Law Update” covering developments in Delaware, post-closing obligations of non-signatory stockholders in private... Continue Reading

2nd Annual Northeast M&A and Private Equity Forum

Thomson Reuters will host the 2nd Annual Northeast M&A and Private Equity Forum in Boston on Dec. 3, 2014.  Morris Nichols is a sponsor and partners Andrew M. Johnston and R. Judson Scaggs, Jr. will participate as faculty. The program will showcase collective insight on trends, issues and challenges on deal activity and transactions in the... Continue Reading

10th Annual Southeastern M&A/Private Equity Forum

Thomson Reuters will host the 10th Annual Southeastern M&A/Private Equity Forum in Atlanta on Oct. 2, 2014. Morris Nichols is a sponsor. Morris Nichols partners, Andrew M. Johnston and R.J. Scaggs, Jr. will participate in the panel discussion “Key Developments in Delaware Fiduciary Duty and M&A”. The session will cover recent... Continue Reading

2014 Midwestern M&A and Private Equity Forum

Thomson Reuters presents the 2014 Midwestern M&A and Private Equity Forum in Chicago on May 14, 2014.  In the session "The Resurgence and Impact of Tender Offers in M&A," Morris Nichols partner Andy Johnston serves as moderator and partner R.J. Scaggs serves as speaker.  They will discuss the growth in frequency of tender offers within... Continue Reading

4th Annual Western M&A Forum

11.6.2013 in Santa Clara, CA - Corporate Counseling
Andrew M. Johnston

Andrew Johnston, Morris Nichols Corporate Law Counseling Group partner, will serve as a member of the Forum Faculty and speak on the panel Strategic M&A Involving Public Companies at the 4th Annual Western M&A Forum in Santa Clara, California, on November 6, 2013. The panel will address how public/public deal process and terms are driven... Continue Reading

31st Annual Securities Regulation and Business Law Conference

Morris Nichols partners Andrew Johnston and R.J. Scaggs, Jr. will speak at the 31st Annual Securities Regulation and Business Law Conference, February 12-13, in Dallas, Texas on a panel entitled: The Ins and Outs In Drafting MAC Clauses, Termination Rights and Other Heavily Litigated Provisions in Transactional Agreements.  Joining them on the... Continue Reading