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Thomas E. Hanson, Jr.

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Thomas E. Hanson, Jr. is a corporate and commercial litigator with nearly 20 years of experience representing large and medium size companies in a wide range of business law disputes. Tom frequently practices in the Delaware Court of Chancery, the Complex Commercial Litigation Division of the Delaware Superior Court and the Federal District of Delaware. Tom’s clients appreciate his trial skills, his knowledge of Delaware law and his ability to develop creative strategies for achieving the desired outcome.

Tom’s practice focuses on disputes involving fiduciary duties, corporate governance, breaches of contract (including purchase and sale agreements), limited liability company agreements, trade secret protection and restrictive covenants. Tom also frequently litigates expedited matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery involving requests for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, and has extensive experience in managing and conducting electronic discovery.  Among other favorable results, Tom, as lead trial counsel, recently obtained a defense verdict in a breach of contract case involving a claim for $15 million in damages.     

Among other major corporations, Tom has represented DuPont, Verizon Delaware, Inc., Sony Electronics Inc. and Radio One, Inc.  Tom has been called a “hero” by a major client and commended for taking the time to understand the business issues necessary for a favorable result. Tom is also the 2014 recipient of the prestigious DuPont Minority Counsel Network Torchbearer Award, the 2011 recipient of the Multicultural Judges & Lawyers Section Leadership Award and the 2009 recipient of the Wilmington Award for Community Service.

Experience

  • Breaches of commercial agreements and complex contracts
  • Expedited motions for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions
  • Breaches of fiduciary duty
  • Breaches of limited liability company agreements
  • Inspection of corporate books and records
  • Trade secret violations
  • Enforcement of restrictive covenants
  • Construction law issues, including mechanics' liens

Professional Affiliations

Delaware Bar Association, Executive Committee, 2004-2006
Delaware Diverse Law Partners Network, 2011 – Present
Delaware Minority Job Fair Committee, Chair, 2002-2003; 2008-2009
Delaware Bar Foundation, 2008; Secretary, 2009 - 2012
Delaware Bar Space Needs Committee, 2007 - Present
Delaware Minority Supplemental Bar Review Course, Co-Chair, 2003-2006
Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section, Vice Chair of Special Events, 2002-2004
Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section, Vice Chair of Legal Development, 2005-2006
American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association

Community Affiliations

Delaware Community Foundation Board, 2015 – Present
First State Community Loan Fund Board, Executive Committee, 2011 – Present
Salvation Army Regional Advisory Board, 2008 – Present

Recent Matters

Charlotte Broadcasting, LLC v. Davis Broadcasting of Atlanta, L.L.C.
Served as lead trial counsel in obtaining a defense verdict in a breach of contract case involving a claim for $15 million in damages

Anesthesia Services, P.A. v. Anesthesia Advantage, P.C.
Obtained dismissal of fraud and negligent misrepresentation claims brought against a third-party defendant

Tim Plastics, Inc. v. Crown Packaging International, Inc.
Obtained prompt, confidential resolution of complex dispute involving ownership of plastic bottle molds

Soin v. Raven Rock Workwear, Inc.
Defended corporation in derivative action, which concluded in favorable mediation result

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company v. LittleFish Think Tank, Inc. and the McGraw-Hill Companies
Represented DuPont in declaratory judgment and copyright infringement action and obtained confidential resolution through mediation

Robinson v. Dickinson Medical Group
Successfully defended a medical practice against request for entry of preliminary injunction

Feldman v. Cutaia
Defended corporation in derivative action where Court found that exceptions did not apply to general rule that derivative claims are extinguished by a merger

Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan v. Alden
Obtained a dismissal of Caremark claim

Union Illinois 1995 Inv. Ltd. Partnership v. Union Financial Group, Ltd.
Defended bank in appraisal action where Court found fair value to be less than the merger price

Delaware Exp. Shuttle, Inc. v. Older
In seminal restrictive covenant case, obtained a permanent injunction, award of attorneys’ fees and a finding of breach of contract and misappropriation of confidential information

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Honors

Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star 2010-2016

Delaware Today® Top Lawyers, 2015-2016

Torchbearer Award, DuPont Legal Minority Counsel Network, 2014

Multicultural Judges & Lawyers Section Leadership Award, Delaware State Bar Association, 2011

Certificate of Appreciation by the DuPont Legal Minority Counsel Network, 2008 & 2011 

Delaware Volunteer Legal Services Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2009

Wilmington Award for Community Service, 2009 Recipient

Delaware Office of the Child Advocate, Award of Recognition

Boston College Third World Law Journal, Executive Editor

Boston College Law School Presidential Scholarship, Recipient

Admissions

Delaware, 2001

New Jersey, 1996

Pennsylvania, 1996

United States District Court, District of Delaware

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

Boston College Law School, J.D., 1996

University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1993