Susan Wood Waesco

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Susan has been recognized as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®.

Susan’s practice focuses on proceedings in the Delaware Court of Chancery and the Delaware Supreme Court arising under the Delaware General Corporation Law, including litigation involving corporate mergers and acquisitions and shareholder class and derivative actions. She also represents national and regional clients in complex business disputes pending in the Delaware Superior Court and the Delaware District Court. 

Susan has substantial experience working on a variety of cases involving important issues of Delaware law, including M&A class action litigation, derivative litigation, corporate governance disputes, demands for books and records, dissolution proceedings, and other complex commercial disputes. Susan also regularly advises corporate boards of directors and special committees, including demand review committees. 

Susan is a member of the Morris Nichols Recruiting Committee and Diversity Committee.

Honors

  • Benchmark Litigation, Recognized as a Delaware Litigation Star (2013-2019)
  • Delaware Super Lawyers, Listed for business litigation experience (2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Selected for inclusion (2015-2020)
  • Best Lawyers Business Edition’s Women in the Law, Selected for inclusion (2016-2019)

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Litigation Litigation 
  • Delaware State Bar Association

Representative Matters

  • Represented TripAdvisor and its directors in action alleging stockholder litigation demand was wrongfully refused. Successfully obtained dismissal with prejudice of all claims pursuant to Court of Chancery Rule 23.1. Friedman v. Maffei, C.A. No. 11105-VCMR
  • Represented Navistar in expedited proceedings brought by the assignee of Indigen Armor. Successfully defeated application for temporary restraining order and obtained settlement on favorable terms. McManigle v. Navistar Defense, LLC, C.A. No. 10147-CB
  • Represented PreCision Dermatology, Inc. in expedited litigation involving a licensing dispute. Glenmark Genetics, Inc. v. Astellas Pharmaceuticals Europe, B.V. et al.
  • Represented eCommerce Industries, Inc. in expedited breach of contract litigation.  eCommerce Industries, Inc. v. MWA Intelligence, Inc.
  • Represented Diamond Foods, Inc. in derivative litigation. Successfully obtained dismissal of all claims. In re Diamond Foods, Inc. Derivative Litigation
  • Represented directors of Barnes & Noble, Inc. in litigation challenging acquisition of Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Inc. In re Barnes & Noble Stockholder Derivative Litigation
  • Represented Hercules Offshore, Inc. and its officers and directors in derivative litigation in the District of Delaware challenging executive compensation. Successfully obtained dismissal. Raul v. Rynd
  • Represented directors of Barnes & Noble, Inc. in expedited litigation challenging adoption of poison pill. Yucaipa American Alliance Fund II, L.P. v. Riggio et al.
  • Represented professional sports leagues and the NCAA in challenging Delaware’s sports betting scheme. Successfully struck down Delaware’s proposed sports lottery as violative of federal law. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball v. Markell.

News

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

15 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2019 Delaware Super Lawyers

Fifteen Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion in 2019 Delaware Super Lawyers.  Derek C. Abbott and William M. Lafferty appear on the “Top 10” list recognizing the Delaware lawyers who received the highest point totals – with Bill designated as the “Number One” attorney on the Top 10. In addition,... 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

33 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2018) – Thirty-three attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 87,000 eligible attorneys. Three firm attorneys earned “Lawyer of the Year” designations... Continue Reading

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

Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Morris Nichols in 2017 Rankings

Wilmington, DE (October 24, 2016) – Benchmark Litigation has released its 10th anniversary guide to the leading litigation firms in the United States. The 2017 publication again ranked Morris Nichols “Highly Recommended” for Delaware with Benchmark noting the firm’s reputation “one of the most respected presences in the Delaware legal... 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

Benchmark Litigation 2016 Ranks Morris Nichols Among Top Delaware Firms

Wilmington, DE (October 15, 2015) – Today, Benchmark Litigation unveiled its 2016 guide to the leading litigation firms in the United States. The publication again ranked Morris Nichols “Highly Recommended” for Delaware. Benchmark sources report, “When it comes to Delaware Chancery litigation, they are the best.” In addition to 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 Litigation-Intellectual... Continue Reading

Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Morris Nichols in 2015 Rankings

Wilmington, DE (September 24, 2014) – The 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation recognizes  Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a “Highly Recommended” law firm in Delaware.  The guide notes that Morris Nichols “has developed a national reputation as a leading general commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and... 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 Year: Jack... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Elects Susan Wood Waesco and Kevin Coen as Partners

Wilmington, DE (January 3, 2014) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that Susan Wood Waesco and Kevin Coen have been elected partners effective January 1, 2014. Rick Alexander, Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee, made the announcement. Susan Wood Waesco joined Morris Nichols in 2002 and is a member of... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Tops Delaware in Benchmark Litigation 2013

Wilmington, DE (May 22, 2013) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that nine Morris Nichols’ attorneys and three practice areas have been selected as among the best in Delaware by the 2013 edition of Benchmark Litigation. Benchmark’s research included competitors who described Morris Nichols litigators... Continue Reading

Events

39th Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute

4.11.2019 through 4.12.2019 in Chicago, IL - Corporate & Business Litigation
Susan Wood Waesco

From April 11-12, 2019, the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law hosts the 39th Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate & Securities Law Institute in Chicago, IL. The conference presents private practitioners and corporate counsel with insights on current securities and corporate law issues and developments. Morris Nichols partner Susan Waesco serves... Continue Reading

2018 ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting

Morris Nichols is proud to sponsor the annual meeting of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section. The three-day conference will take place in Austin, Tex. from September 13-15, 2018. Many MNAT attorneys are active Business Law Section members and will attend the conference as speakers and committee leaders, sharing insights on mergers... Continue Reading

Recent Developments in Delaware Corporate Law: Transactional and Litigation Perspectives

11.30.1999 in Wilmington, DE - Corporate & Business Litigation
Susan Wood Waesco

The Delaware State Bar Association hosts a half-day CLE program covering “Recent Developments in Delaware Corporate Law: Transactional and Litigation Perspectives” on May 28, 2015. Morris Nichols partner Susan Wood Waesco will participate in a panel discussion on “Corporate Litigation from Start to Finish.”  Panelists will explore the... Continue Reading