Ryan D. Stottmann


(302) 351-9430 T
(302) 425-4676 F

Ryan is a partner with the Corporate & Business Litigation Group.  His practice focuses on corporate and commercial litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery and appeals before the Delaware Supreme Court.  Ryan’s practice also involves litigating in the Delaware Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Representative Matters

  • Representing Dow Chemical in asserting claims for misappropriation of trade secrets in Court of Chancery action.  
  • Represented bank holding company in an appraisal action taken through trial, resulting in favorable post-trial opinion.  See Dunmire v. Farmers & Merchants Bancorp of W. Pennsylvania, Inc., 2016 WL 6651411, at *1 (Del. Ch. Nov. 10, 2016)
  • Representing venture capital preferred stockholders of Good Technology in connection with fiduciary duty and aiding and abetting claims arising out of BlackBerry’s acquisition of Good Technology.  
  • Represented former minority stockholders of national real estate management company asserting breach of fiduciary duty and appraisal claims.  In re Riverstone Nat'l, Inc. Stockholder Litig., 2016 WL 4045411, at *1 (Del. Ch. July 28, 2016)
  • Represented various companies in appraisal litigation, including DirecTV, Eastman Chemical, United Rentals, Thoma Bravo, Qlik Technology.
  • Represented various entities (plaintiffs and defendants) in post-closing indemnification and escrow disputes arising from merger, stock purchase or asset purchase agreements.  
  • Represented former managing directors of international consulting firm regarding non-compete and trade secret allegations in connection with new employment at worldwide management consulting firm.  
  • Member of a team that successfully represented a software company in dispute regarding licensing agreement and obtained first of its kind ruling supporting termination of agreement for breaches of confidentiality.  See eCommerce Industries, Inc. v. MWA Intelligence, Inc., 2013 WL 5621678 (Del. Ch. 2013)
  • Involved in representing former directors of insolvent LLC in obtaining first of its kind ruling that creditors of an LLC lacked derivative standing under the language of the Delaware LLC Act; decision affirmed on appeal by the Delaware Supreme Court.  See CML V, LLC v. Bax, 28 A.3d 1037 (Del. 2011), CML V, LLC v. Bax 6 A.3d 238 (Del. Ch.)
  • Member of a trial team that represented Air Products in hostile takeover and poison pill litigation.  See Air Products v. Airgas, 16 A.3d 48 (Del. Ch. 2011)
  • Worked on behalf of eBay in dispute with Craigslist and its directors challenging corporate governance actions taken by Craigslist against eBay as a stockholder of Craigslist.  See eBay Domestic Holdings, Inc. v. craigslist, 16 A.3d 1
  • Involved in representing Versata in litigation regarding validity of 4.99% NOL poison pill.  See Versata Enterprises, Inc. v. Selectica, Inc., 5 A.2d 586 (Del. 2010)
  • Participated in litigation before the Delaware Court of Chancery arising from mergers and acquisitions, representing various targets and acquirors.
  • Worked on behalf of pharmaceutical company in licensing dispute in Delaware Court of Chancery regarding generic drug launch.
  • Involved in representing Toll Brothers, Inc. as a nominal defendant in derivative litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery asserting breaches of fiduciary duty for alleged insider trading by directors and officers.
  • Member of a trial team that represented mortgage servicing company in litigation against Morgan Stanley arising from delinquent mortgages.
  • On behalf of General Electric, participated in Delaware Court of Chancery litigation involving trade secret and non-competition allegations.


Morris Nichols Elects Ryan Stottmann and Jeremy Tigan as Partners

Wilmington, DE (January 3, 2017) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that Ryan Stottmann and Jeremy Tigan have been elected partners effective January 1, 2017. “We are delighted to welcome Ryan and Jeremy to the partnership and congratulate them on this significant career accomplishment,” said Rodger D. Smith II,... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Trial Team Contributes to eBay's Victory in Shareholder Dispute with craigslist

Wilmington, DE - September 14, 2010 - William Lafferty, Morris Nichols Corporate Litigation Group partner, headed the Morris Nichols trial team that represented eBay Inc. in its successful shareholder dispute against craigslist.  The September 9 opinion in favor of eBay by Chancellor William B. Chandler III of the Delaware Court of Chancery... Continue Reading