Morris Nichols Expands IP Litigation, Business Reorganization & Restructuring Practices

Wilmington, DE – July 6, 2009 – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that Melissa Troutner has joined the firm as an associate in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group and that David Arens and Carl Fleming have joined the firm as associates in the Business Reorganization and Restructuring Group.

Melissa Troutner is the former law clerk to Judge Stanley S. Brotman, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey.  Prior to joining Morris Nichols, Ms. Troutner was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP in New York, and Dechert LLP in Philadelphia where she focused on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.  She is a 2002 graduate of University of Pennsylvania Law School and a member of Order of the Coif.  She is admitted to the Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware Bars. 

David Arens is the former law clerk to the Hon. Cornelia A. Clark, Tennessee Supreme Court.  Prior to joining Morris Nichols, David was an associate at Stites & Harbison in Nashville where he was a member of the Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Service Group.  Before becoming an attorney, David spent nine years in the forest products industry, first as an executive at a Connecticut manufacturing firm and later in management and marketing for the Forest Stewardship Council.  David is a 1995 graduate of Yale University and 2006 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, where he served as the Managing Editor of Vanderbilt Law Review.

Carl Fleming is a 2005 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center where he served as the Executive Articles and Notes Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law.  Prior to joining Morris Nichols, he was an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York, where he represented investment banks in international and domestic projects, acquisitions, and leveraged and equity finance transactions valued up to $2.5 billion.