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Bryan Townsend

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Bryan Townsend is Of Counsel in Morris James LLP’s Corporate and Fiduciary Litigation Group and Business Litigation Group.  Bryan also serves as a State Senator in the Delaware State Senate.

Bryan focuses his legal practice on litigation involving complex fiduciary, corporate, and commercial matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery, where from 2009-2010 he served as a law clerk to Chancellor William B. Chandler III.  He has advised special committees and directors on the discharge of their fiduciary duties, and he has coordinated with expert witnesses on developments in appraisal and valuation law.  Bryan has also represented clients involved with business litigation in the Superior Court of Delaware and the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, as well as pro bono clients in Delaware Family Court.

In the Delaware Senate, Bryan serves as Chair of the Senate’s Health, Children & Social Services Committee and as a member of several other committees, including the Banking, Business & Insurance Committee and the Capital Improvement Committee.  Since becoming a State Senator in 2012, Bryan has sponsored several pieces of legislation that have updated the Delaware General Corporation Law and Delaware’s Unclaimed Property law, and he has chaired or served on task forces that have examined Delaware’s fundamental revenue streams and infrastructure needs.

Experience

  • Providing advice to a special committee of disinterested directors regarding negotiations and litigation for a going-private transaction proposed by a controlling stockholder
  • Commercial arbitration proceedings in the Delaware Court of Chancery
  • Breach of contract actions in various settings, including postclosing price adjustments and stock purchase agreements
  • Expedited litigation relating to an international joint-venture
  • Litigation involving duties of Delaware limited liability companies
  • Discovery matters, including expedited e-discovery and privilege logs

Professional Affiliations

  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • The Office of the Child Advocate, Delaware, Guardian ad litem on behalf of abused and neglected children
  • Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Volunteer Attorney for victims of domestic violence
  • Widener Law School's Veterans Law Clinic, Volunteer Attorney for veterans with service injuries
  • Law Day Volunteer Attorney for middle-school students interested in legal careers

Community Affiliations

University of Delaware Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 2011-2015

University of Delaware Board of Trustees, Member, 2004-2005

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware, Big Brother, 2010-2014

Recent Matters

  • Providing advice to a special committee of disinterested directors regarding negotiations and litigation for a going-private transaction proposed by a controlling stockholder
  • Commercial arbitration proceedings in the Delaware Court of Chancery
  • Breach of contract actions in various settings, including postclosing price adjustments and stock purchase agreements
  • Expedited litigation relating to an international joint-venture
  • Litigation involving duties of Delaware limited liability companies
  • Discovery matters, including expedited e-discovery and privilege logs

Articles & Publications

Bryan speaks Chinese, having earned an M.Phil. in Chinese Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2006 after attending Peking University (Beijing Daxue) in 2005, where he studied Chinese language, economics, and politics.

Practice areas

Honors

Harry S. Truman Scholar, 2003, Delaware

Yale Journal on Regulation, Co-Editor-in-Chief and Articles Editor, 2007-2009

Clerkships

The Honorable William B. Chandler, III, Delaware Court of Chancery

Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2013
Delaware, 2010
United States District Court, District of Delaware

Education

Yale Law School, J.D., 2009
University of Cambridge, M.Phil., 2006
Peking University - Beijng Daxue, 2005
University of Delaware, B.A., magna cum laude, With Honors with Distinction, 2004
University of Delaware, M.A., 2003
University of Delaware, B.S., magna cum laude, With Honors, 2003

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