Frederick H. Alexander


(302) 425-4666 F

Named one of the 10 most highly regarded corporate governance lawyers worldwide by The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers.

Rick focuses on corporate governance and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and corporate control contests.

His work often involves counseling boards of directors and board committees, including special committees of directors appointed to negotiate mergers or other significant transactions.  Rick also serves as a fellow at B Lab, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible business practices.

Rick has been recognized as one of the 10 most highly regarded corporate governance lawyers worldwide by The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers and selected by The Best Lawyers in America as Delaware Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year and Delaware Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year.  He has been named one of the 500 leading lawyers in the United States by the Lawdragon guide, selected for inclusion in Delaware Super Lawyers, and is listed in the Delaware Corporate/M&A category in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

He is the author of three books on corporate law and he frequently writes articles on governance and mergers and acquisitions. His work has appeared in Harvard Business Law Review, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Business Lawyer, Business Law Today, Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation, Law360, Insights, and Agenda.

Recent Publications

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Committee on Corporate Laws, Special Consultant)
  • American College of Governance Counsel (Inaugural Fellow; Content Committee, Chair)
  • Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (Advisory Board)
  • Delaware State Bar Association (Council of the Corporation Law Section, Member and Former Chair)
  • Ford Foundation Program on Purposeful Ownership at the Said Business School, Oxford (Advisory Council)
  • Future of the Corporation Program, British Academy (Research Fellow)
  • Legal Concepts for Founders (Editorial Board)

Community Activities

  • Delaware Access to Justice Commission (Funding Implementation Committee, Chair)
  • Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (Secretary)


35 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2019) – Thirty-five Morris Nichols attorneys from were selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 94,000 eligible attorneys. Seven firm attorneys received “Lawyer of the Year” designations (noted with an asterisk... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2019 Ranks Morris Nichols Top Tier for Four Delaware Practices; 26 Attorneys Named Leading Delaware Practitioners

Wilmington, DE (April 25, 2019) – The 2019 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Guide to Leading Lawyers for Business has again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a leading Delaware law firm in four practice categories. For more than a decade, Morris Nichols has consistently been ranked Band 1 in Chambers’ Delaware tables for... Continue Reading



Lawyers and Climate Change: Third National Conference of Lawyers Committed to Addressing the Climate Emergency

On Thursday, April 18, a group of leading lawyers and law professors will convene a virtual conference to discuss the problem of climate change and the role of lawyers in advancing solutions. Morris Nichols counsel and B Lab fellow Rick Alexander will speak in the session, “Non-Governmental Solutions” from 2:15pm-3:00pm EDT. The program will... Continue Reading

2019 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting

The American Bar Association hosts the Business Law Section spring meeting from March 28-30, 2019 in Vancouver. Several Morris Nichols partners will attend the conference as committee leaders and speakers, sharing insights on M&A, private equity and venture capital, and alternative entities. Morris Nichols partner Eric Klinger-Wilensky chairs... Continue Reading