Morris James is once again recognized as a leading Delaware law firm for its preeminence, achievements and client service in the practice areas of bankruptcy/restructuring, chancery, labor & employment, and real estate. Additionally, 13 Morris James attorneys were ranked among the best in Delaware for their practices in the areas of bankruptcy/restructuring, chancery, intellectual property, labor & employment, land use, and real estate.
The Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Group is recognized for its experience in every type of bankruptcy case and great rapport with the Delaware judges. Clients especially noted the team's work on behalf of Chapter 11 debtors, acquirers of distressed assets, and contentious matters including fraudulent transfers and preferences. One client noted, "the firm is large enough to have the required experience across a number of areas but still small enough to allow for a very strong level of service." All of the Partners in this practice were also recognized by Chambers as Leading Lawyers.
The Corporate & Fiduciary Litigation Group is acknowledged as a strong firm that is well thought of for its work in M&A disputes, shareholder derivative suits and breach of contract cases, among other matters. Clients also recognized the team's work representing special transaction committees in connection with merger transactions, as well as companies or stockholders in statutory proceedings regarding control and appraisal disputes. Sources described the team as "adept at serving as lead and Delaware counsel to both defendants and plaintiffs" and "a very proficient, hands-on, straight-shooting and pragmatic team of lawyers." Clark Collins and Lewis Lazarus maintained rankings as Leading Lawyers. Tyler O'Connell returned to the list this year for his "masterful understanding of both the law and case law in the issue at hand."
The Labor & Employment Group also maintained its ranking as a highly experienced group with a strong track record for its work on behalf of clients in the education sector. Clients noted the team's consistent advice on collective bargaining issues and labor arbitrations, and additionally noted for its expertise in discrimination claims and civil rights litigation, including constitutional claims. Both Dave Williams and Jim McMackin maintained their rankings as Leading Lawyers in Delaware.
The Real Estate Group was recognized as a respected group with an excellent presence in Delaware, with offices in all three counties and a broad client base that includes real estate owners and developers. The team is acknowledged as well-equipped to handle complex acquisitions, sales and leasing for a range of property types. Sources reported that the firm has a fine reputation for refinancing work on behalf of landowners, with a notable increase in activity involving the healthcare sector. One client noted, "they work well together to represent their clients’ needs and best interests." John Bloxom and John Newcomer maintained rankings as Leading Lawyers in real estate, and Kim Hoffman maintained her ranking for her land use practice.
Intellectual Property Chair Ken Dorsney also maintained his recognition as a Leading Lawyer in Delaware IP law. Ken comes highly recommended for his representation of clients in patent and Hatch-Waxman litigation. Sources acknowledged his work in a range of industries, including the pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. One source noted, "he is attentive, very knowledgeable about the judges in the district, and provides insightful advice."
The below list outlines the Morris James attorneys and practices ranked by Chambers USA 2021. Chambers USA ranks leading law firms and lawyers in a wide range of practice areas based on their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness, and their client service. The research is in-depth, client focused, and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the United States and worldwide.
Labor & Employment
Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
- Bankruptcy and Restructuring
- Business Torts
- Committee Representations
- Contract Litigation
- Corporate Advice
- Corporate and Fiduciary Litigation
- Corporate Governance Counseling
- Corporate Trust and Fiduciary Services
- Education Law
- Employment Law
- Intellectual Property
- Land Use
- Litigation and Liquidation Trustees
- LLC, LP, Partnership Litigation
- Non-Compete and Trade Secret Protection
- Real Estate
- Special Committee Representation