James D. Honaker


(302) 425-3095 F

Jim is a member of the drafting committee responsible for updating the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”).

Jim advises public companies, boards of directors and committees on Delaware corporation law issues, including corporate governance and fiduciary duties.

In his practice, he advises on corporate governance issues under Delaware law, including in the areas of proxy contests, oversight and compliance, director and officer indemnification and director compensation.

Drawing on his experience with private company financings and acquisitions, he also counsels boards and committees of independent directors on merger and acquisition transactions. His clients hail from a range of industries, including the energy, manufacturing, financial services, media, healthcare, and technology sectors.

Since 2015, Jim has served as a member of the Corporation Law Council of the Delaware State Bar Association, and in that role assists with drafting amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”). Since 2006, he has co-authored a series of articles to annually chronicle the amendments to the DGCL. Jim also served on a committee that drafted the Annotated Model Certificate of Designations for Preferred Stock of a Public Corporation, which is a publication of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Jim has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2020.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Business Law Section)
  • Delaware State Bar Association (Council of the Corporation Law Section, prior secretary)
  • Society for Corporate Governance


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

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2019) – Thirty-five Morris Nichols attorneys 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 below).... Continue Reading

The Legal 500 Recognizes Morris Nichols Among Leading U.S. Law Firms for M&A

Wilmington, DE (May 29, 2019) – The Legal 500 United States released its 2019 edition today. Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is once again “highly rated” in the nationwide guide to the foremost law firms in the United States. “One of the best firms in Delaware generally,” says one prominent source, “with particular strength in... 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

Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Morris Nichols as Top-Tier Delaware Law Firm

Wilmington, DE (May 3, 2018) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been ranked Band 1 in four Delaware practice categories in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The firm was ranked in the highest tier for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and... Continue Reading



2019 DSBA Hot Topics in Delaware Corporate Law

The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association will host a half-day CLE program on May 23, 2019 in Wilmington, DE.  Morris Nichols partners Melissa DiVincenzo and Jim Honaker serve as panelists and will speak at the program focused on “Updates that Transactional Lawyers and Litigators Need to Know: A View from the Bench and... Continue Reading

2014 ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting

The Business Law Section of the American Bar Association will host an annual meeting in Chicago from Sept. 11 to 13, 2014. Morris Nichols partners will serve as speakers at the conference. On the first day of the conference, partner Eric Klinger-Wilensky will chair the panel “The 2014 Annual Review of Developments in M&A” from 2:30 to 4:30... Continue Reading

DSBA Delaware Corporate Law: Transactional & Litigation Panel

Patricia O. Vella and James D. Honaker, Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Counseling Group partners, will serve on a Delaware State Bar Association panel titled, Recent Development in Delaware Corporate Law: Transactional & Litigation Perspectives at The Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE on May 22, 2014. 4.0 hours of CLE... Continue Reading

2013 ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting

Eric Klinger-Wilensky and James Honaker, members of the Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group, will moderate and participate on the panel Key Issues In Negotiating Preferred Stock Investments and Exits at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association ("ABA") Business Law Section, August 9, 2013, at the Fairmont Hotel, San... Continue Reading