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Ed’s “reputation is excellent,” and he “has very good judgment.” - Chambers USA.

Edward M. McNally

Retired Partner


Ed McNally has more than 40 years of experience applying Delaware law. He is recognized for his knowledge of Delaware law in Delaware’s state and federal courts. Clients have asked Ed to represent them in major litigation in the Delaware courts more than 250 times. Delaware lawyers hire Ed to represent them in their own matters.

Ed has represented clients in jury and bench trials in virtually every type of business dispute before the Federal District Court, the Delaware Superior Court, the Delaware Supreme Court, and the Court of Chancery. His representations include major complex commercial litigation cases, contract disputes, corporate control and management issues, shareholder rights, employment and non-compete agreement disputes, and financial transaction matters. He is also an active mediator in business disputes.

Since 2005, Chambers USA has highlighted Ed McNally for the quality of his client counseling in Chancery matters. In Chambers USA 2013, market comments include "he "knows what he is doing" and he "has excellent judgment and is well respected. Sources also appreciated his connections and ability to deal with complex cases."


  • Mergers and other transactions where some directors are alleged to have conflicts of interest
  • Appraisal actions
  • Determination of a corporation’s officers and directors in corporate control disputes
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Civil rights violation claims

Professional Affiliations

Delaware Voluntary Mediation Act, Principal Drafter
Delaware Superior Court Business Courts Committee, Past Member
Delaware Superior Court Toxic Torts Litigation Committee, Past Member by Court Appointment
Court of Chancery Historical Society, Past Member by Court Appointment
Delaware State Bar Association, Corporation Law Section, Past Chairman and Vice Chairman
Lawyers Fund for Client Protection, Past Chairman
American Bar Association, Business Law and Litigation Sections

Recent Matters

Ammermon v. Feingold
Control of publicly traded corporation

Nicholas v. National Union
Insurance coverage dispute 

Kongsberg v. Teleflex
Contract dispute 

Julian v. Eastern States Const. Service, Inc.
Private company stock ownership

In re Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.
Control battle over PHLX

Reserves v. Crystal Properties
Attorney's fees

Reserves Development LLC v. Severn Sav. Bank, FSB
Contract dispute

Northern Delaware Aquatic Facilities, Inc. v. Cooch & Taylor
Statute of limitations

Giles v. Kearney
Civil rights

Howard Hess Dental Laboratories Inc. v. Dentsply Intern., Inc.

AT&T Corp. v. Clarendon American Ins. Co.
Insurance coverage

Ginsburg v. Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.
Control of PHLX

McKee v. McKee
Control of privately held corporation

Elsmere Park Club, L.P. v. Town of Elsmere
Civil rights

AT&T Corp. v. Faraday Capital Ltd.
Insurance coverage dispute

AT&T Corp. v. Clarendon America Ins.
Insurance coverage dispute

North American Catholic Educational Programming Foundation, Inc. v. Gheewalla
Creditor rights claim

In re Fruehauf Trailer Corp.
Pension plan

Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan v. Alden
Attorney fee dispute

In re Astropower Inc. Securities Litigation
Securities litigation

Wawa, Inc. v. Government of New Castle County Delaware
Land use

Black v. Hollinger Intern. Inc.
Breach of fiduciary duty claims

Cede & Co. v. Joule, Inc.
Appraisal action

Saito v. McCall
Books and records case

Hollinger Intern. Inc. v. Black
Breach of fiduciary duty

Watkins v. New Castle County
Land use

Kerr-McGee Chemical, LLC v. Kemira Pigments Oy

Lieberman v. Delaware
Civil rights

H-M Wexford LLC v. Encorp, Inc.
Breach of contract

Rottlund Homes of New Jersey, Inc. v. Saul, Ewing, Remick & Saul, L.L.P.
Attorney malpractice

Gotham Partners, L.P. v. Hallwood Realty Partners, L.P.
Limited liability breach of fiduciary duty

EBS Litigation LLC v. Barclays Global Investors, N.A.
Stockholder dispute

Matter of Pursuit Athletic Footwear, Inc.
Contract dispute

In re Buckhead America Corp.
Fraudulent conveyance

W&G Seaford Associates, L.P. v. Eastern Shore Markets, Inc.
Contract dispute

Peninsula Methodist Homes and Hospitals, Inc. v. Architect’s Studio, Inc.
Contract dispute

Chrysler Corp. v. New Castle County
Contract dispute

Valencia v. Blue Hen Conference
Civil rights claim

Evans v. Buchanan
Civil rights claim


Articles & Publications

News & Events

News & Events



National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-DE, Past President



Best Lawyers, 2005 - Present
Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005 - Present
DSBA Community Service Award, 2019
JD Supra's Readers' Choice Award for Mergers & Acquisitions, 2018
Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2010 - 2018
United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Caleb R. Layton III Service Award, 2007

T 302.888.6880
F 302.571.1750


U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


Columbia University Law School, JD
Boston College, BA

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