Ryan D. Stottmann


(302) 425-4676 F

Named to Benchmark Litigation’s
“40 & Under Hot List.”

Ryan’s litigation practice focuses on corporate and commercial litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery and appeals before the Delaware Supreme Court.

He has served as lead counsel and co-counsel to companies, stockholders and directors in appraisal and fiduciary duty litigation, trade secrets and licensing cases, employee non-compete and non-solicitation matters, statutory matters arising under Delaware corporate and alternative entity laws, and post-closing indemnification and escrow disputes arising from merger, stock purchase or asset purchase agreements.

Ryan has represented both plaintiffs and defendants from a variety of industries, including technology, finance, software and electronics, real estate management, healthcare, telecommunications, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals.

Ryan also advises company boards and special committees on stockholder-related matters, including stockholder litigation demands and demands for corporate reforms.

He frequently appears before the Delaware Superior Court, including the Complex Commercial Litigation Division, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

In 2018 and 2019, Ryan was named to Benchmark Litigation’s annual “40 & Under Hot List” recognizing litigation attorneys in the United States. 

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Delaware State Bar Association

Representative Matters

  • Representing Dow Chemical in asserting claims for misappropriation of trade secrets in Court of Chancery action.  See The Dow Chemical Company, et al. v. Organik Kimya Holding A.S., et al., C.A. No. 12090-VCG (Del. Ch. Ct.)
  • 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)
  • Represented 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.  See 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.


Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Morris Nichols Delaware Litigation Presence in 2020 Guide

Wilmington, DE (September 25, 2019) – The 2020 edition of Benchmark Litigation’s guide to the leading U.S. litigation law firms again recognizes Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP in the top “Highly Recommended” band for Delaware law firms. The guide notes that Morris Nichols “has established itself as one of the most respected... Continue Reading

Kevin Coen and Ryan Stottmann Named to 2019 Benchmark 40 & Under Hot List

Wilmington, DE (August 4, 2019) – Benchmark Litigation has released the 2019 Benchmark 40 & Under Hot List. Morris Nichols partners Kevin Coen and Ryan Stottmann were selected for inclusion in the publication’s fourth edition. Their practices focus on corporate and commercial litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery and appeals... Continue Reading

Benchmark Litigation Ranks Morris Nichols in 2019 Guide

Wilmington, DE (November 14, 2018) – Benchmark Litigation has released its annual legal directory focusing exclusively on the litigation and disputes market. The 2019 edition again ranks Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP in the top “Highly Recommended” band for Delaware law firms. Nine Morris Nichols attorneys were ranked as leading... Continue Reading

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 found... Continue Reading


Society for Corporate Governance 2019 Essentials Seminar

1.29.2019 through 1.30.2019 in Fort Lauderdale, FL - Corporate & Business Litigation
Ryan D. Stottmann

The Society for Corporate Governance hosts its annual “Essentials” conference, the signature instructional program on corporate governance and the responsibilities of the corporate secretary from January 29-31, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Morris Nichols partner Ryan Stottmann will speak in the panel session on “Taking Minutes.” The... Continue Reading

Strafford Webinar: 2018 M&A Litigation Update: Standard of Deal Review, Appraisal Rights, D&O Fiduciary Duties

Morris Nichols partner Ryan Stottmann will speak in the live webinar, “M&A Litigation Update: Standard of Deal Review, Appraisal Rights, D&O Fiduciary Duties” on Thursday, October 18 from 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT. Ryan and co-faculty will discuss the implications of recent Delaware case law for planning, negotiating and drafting M&A deal... Continue Reading