Donna L. Culver

Partner

(302) 351-9208 T
(302) 425-4672 F

Donna is a business reorganization and commercial litigation partner, with more than 20 years’ experience in state and federal court.  She represents a wide variety of corporate clients in bankruptcy and business litigation matters, and in administrative, regulatory and government proceedings, including unclaimed property (escheat) audits and voluntary disclosure agreements.

Donna’s bankruptcy litigation experience includes the representation of corporate debtors, creditors and litigation trusts in a variety of commercial disputes, including preference and fraudulent transfer litigation and contested claims matters.  She also has substantial experience litigating contract and fiduciary duty claims in state and federal court and is actively involved in alternative dispute resolution, representing clients in arbitration and mediation proceedings.

In addition to her litigation practice, Donna regularly represents clients in state unclaimed property audits and with voluntary efforts to comply with unclaimed property laws through voluntary disclosure agreements.

An active member of the Delaware bar, Donna serves as co-chair of the Litigation Committee of the Bankruptcy Section of the Delaware State Bar Association and was appointed by the Delaware Supreme Court to serve on the Delaware State Board of Bar Examiners.  Donna also serves as a member of the Morris Nichols Executive Committee.  She has been recognized by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® and Best Lawyers Business Edition’s Women in the Law.

Professional Activities

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Board of Bar Examiners of the State of Delaware (Member, 2007-2013; Associate Member, 2000-2006)
  • Delaware State Bar Association (Bankruptcy Section, Litigation Committee, Co-Chair)
  • Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization

Representative Matters

  • Represented Littlejohn Opportunities Master Fund in contractual indemnification litigation pending in Delaware Superior Court.
  • Counsel to Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. in defense of $48 million dollar fraudulent transfer action.
  • Represented Security National Properties Funding II, LLC in litigation with secured lenders arising in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
    Represented Nortel Networks and affiliates in adversary proceedings related to Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Counsel to the Safety-Kleen Creditor Trust in more than 400 avoidance actions filed in the Delaware Bankruptcy Court.
  • Counsel to various public utilities, including Comcast Communications, Public Service Electric & Gas Company and Windstream Communications in administrative and regulatory proceedings before the Delaware Public Service Commission.

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

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

Six Morris Nichols Partners Listed Among Best Lawyers 2016 Women in the Law

Wilmington, DE (May 3, 2016) – Six partners from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP have been included in Best Lawyers Business Edition’s list of 2016 Women in the Law. Featuring peer-nominated attorneys in 140 practice areas, the list is part of the inaugural Best Lawyers Business Edition publication, produced in collaboration with the... 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

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 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

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

UPPO 2017

3.19.2017 through 3.22.2017 in Austin, TX - Unclaimed Property, Commercial
Donna L. Culver

The Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization holds its annual conference from March 19 to 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Morris Nichols partner Donna Culver will participate in the March 20 session, “So Many Chapters, So Little Time.” Presenters will use case studies to discuss the specifics and differences of Chapter 7 and 11 of the... Continue Reading

Webinar: Unclaimed Property Risks: Reporting Doesn’t Ensure Full Compliance

For many organizations, filing annual unclaimed property reports and escheating eligible property is the extent of their compliance program. However, filing a report doesn’t always ensure compliance. Even companies with robust reporting histories have learned this the hard way, through intrusive and expensive third-party audits. Join Morris... Continue Reading

UPPO 2015

3.8.2015 through 3.11.2015 in Orlando, FL - Unclaimed Property
Donna L. Culver, Michael Houghton

The Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization will hold its annual conference from March 8 to 11, 2015 in Orlando, Fla. Morris Nichols partner Michael Houghton will speak at the Uniform Law Commission (“ULC”) Town Hall meeting on March 8.  Mike is the co-chair of the ULC Drafting Committee to Revise... Continue Reading

The Intersection of Federal Bankruptcy and State Corporate Law

Morris Nichols Business Reorganization & Restructuring partner Donna Culver will moderate the panel titled Attorney-Client and Joint Defense Privileges in Business Bankruptcy Litigation at the Widener University School of Law program The Intersection of Federal Bankruptcy and State Corporate Law held at Widener Law’s Delaware Campus, May 24,... Continue Reading