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P. Clarkson Collins, Jr.

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Wilmington, DE 19801-1494
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P. Clarkson Collins, Jr. is a former Managing Partner of Morris James, with more than 35 years of litigation experience in complex corporate, commercial, and fiduciary matters in both jury and non-jury trials.

Clark represents corporations, directors and officers, and alternative entities and their managers and members in class, derivative, and individual actions involving governance, breach of fiduciary duty, appraisal, dissolution, summary proceedings, and claims for indemnification and advancement. He also represents clients in a wide variety of business tort, trust, fiduciary, and contract actions, including trade secret, unfair competition, lender liability, joint venture disputes, and professional liability claims.

Experience

Defense of telecommunications company at trial defeating challenge to its consummation of an industry merger

Representation of global chemical manufacturing company to remedy misappropriation of its industry leading proprietary trade secret technology

Defense of directors of petroleum company in shareholder class action trial challenging entire fairness of merger and successful appeal upholding defense judgment

Defense of officer of global insurer in shareholder derivative action claiming breach of fiduciary duty

Representation of chemical manufacturing company in joint venture dispute, successfully enforcing contract and fiduciary claims against co-venturer

Representation of biotechnology company in expedited suit to enjoin interference with contractual licensing rights

Defense of telecommunication equipment manufacturer in contract action seeking royalties claimed under IP settlement agreement

Defense of bank against lender liability claims at trial and successful appeal upholding verdict

Representation of software technology company at trial and successful appeal upholding damages judgment and rejecting fraud defense

Defense of university against breach of trust in connection with management of an endowed research institute and successful appeal upholding dismissal

Representation of hedge funds owner in litigation against co-owner for breaches of fiduciary duty and winding up the funds

Professional Affiliations

  • Delaware State Bar Association, Executive Council of the Corporation Law and the Corporate Counsel Sections
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Professional Ethics Committee, Co-Chair, 1991-95
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Judicial Appointments Committee, 2004-Present
  • Delaware Supreme Court Committee to Revise Principles of Professionalism for Delaware Lawyers and to Develop Code of Professionalism for Judges, Co-Chair by Court Appointment, 2003
  • Delaware Board of Bar Examiners, Assistant Secretary, 1987-1988, Secretary, 1989-90, 2002-2007
  • Delaware Judicial Nominating Commission, 2004-2009
  • American Bar Association, Business Law, Business Litigation and Litigation Sections
  • The Office of the Child Advocate, Guardian ad litem on behalf of abused and neglected children
  • Appointed Guardian ad litem for Kelly Stevens by Delaware Supreme Court, In re Stevens, Del. Supr. 669 A.2d 33, 1995

Community Affiliations

Children & Families First Delaware, Former President and Chair (1992 - 1994), Board of Directors, (1980 - Present)
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Elder, Trustee
United States Army Reserve, Field Artillery Captain (1972 - 1980)

News & Media Mentions

Among his peers, Clark has been singled out as “a terrific resource on Delaware law” by Chambers USA and one who “possesses the ‘rare combo’ of 'being a great strategic thinker and very practical.’”

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Honors

Chambers USA - Recognized for work in the Delaware Court of Chancery, 2006-2013

Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Firms and Attorneys, Litigation Star, 2010-2012

Best Lawyers®, 2005-2012, 2014

Delaware Super Lawyers®, 2007-2013

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating

Dickinson Law Review, Board of Editors, 1974-75

Admissions

Delaware, 1976

United States District Court, District of Delaware

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1975

University of Virginia, B.A., 1971

Professional Background

Delaware Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General, Criminal Prosecutor, 1976-78