Edward M. McNally: Lawyer with Morris James LLP

Edward M. McNally

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Wilmington,  DE  U.S.A.
Phone302.888.6880

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Practice Areas

  • Alternative Entities
  • Business Litigation
  • Corporate and Fiduciary Litigation
  • Special Committee Representation
  • Corporate Governance Counseling
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Professional Liability Litigation
 
Mailing AddressP.O. Box 2306, Wilmington, DE, 19899-2306
 
University Boston College, B.A., 1969
 
Law SchoolColumbia University Law School, J.D., 1972
 
Admitted1972, Delaware; United States District Court, District of Delaware; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
 
Memberships 

Professional Affiliations

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

 
BornWilmington, Delaware, February 21, 1947
 
Biography

Edward M. 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 USAhas highlighted Ed McNally for the quality of his client counseling in Chancery matters. InChambers 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.

Experience

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

Community Affiliations

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-DE, Past President
Town of Elsmere, Town Solicitor

Blog(s)

Delaware Business Litigation Report

Delaware Insurance Law Report

Honors

Best Lawyers, 2014 Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate Litigation

Best Lawyers ,2005-2014

Chambers USA- America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005-2014

Delaware Super Lawyers, 2007-2014

Benchmark Litigation:The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Firms and Attorneys, Litigation Star, 2010-2014

Lawdragon 500, National Finalist, 2010

United States District Court, District of Delaware, Caleb R. Layton III Service Award, 2007

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating

News & Events

Events

Legal Ethics in DelawareDecember 11, 2013Wilmington, DE

LLC Operating Agreements - Crafting Provisions on Fiduciary Duties, Indemnification and Exculpation to Minimize Business DisputesDecember 8, 2010

News & Events

News & Media Mentions

Morris James Receives Top Legal Rankings in Chambers USA 2014May 23, 2014

Delaware Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 12 Morris James' AttorneysJanuary 23, 2014Delaware Super Lawyers

20 Attorneys in 23 Practices Recognized by Best Lawyers 2014August 15, 2013Best Lawyers 2014

Benchmark Litigation Names 7 Partners Among Top Litigators in DelawareJuly 11, 2013

Chambers USA Names 13 Morris James Attorneys in Their 2013 Guide to Leading Business LawyersMay 29, 2013Chambers USA

Delaware Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 12 Morris James' AttorneysJanuary 9, 2013Delaware Super Lawyers

Delaware Super Lawyers Magazine Has Recognized 7 Morris James' Attorneys As Top Legal Counsel In DelawareDecember 11, 2012

20 Morris James Attorneys in 23 Practices Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers 2013August 30, 2012

Benchmark Litigation 2013 Names 7 Morris James Partners Among Top Delaware LitigatorsJuly 13, 2012

Delaware Super Lawyers Recognizes 11 Morris James Attorneys as Top Legal Counsel in DelawareMay 18, 2012

Morris James Launches Delaware Courts Online - A Guide to Litigation in Delaware's Business CourtsSeptember 22, 2011

17 Morris James Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers 2012 in 20 Practice AreasAugust 31, 2011

Benchmark Litigation 2012 Names 5 Morris James Partners Among Top Local Litigation StarsJune 16, 2011

Delaware Super Lawyers Names 8 Morris James Partners As Top Legal Counsel in DelawareMay 31, 2011

17 Morris James Attorneys Selected by Best Lawyers 2011August 4, 2010

Benchmark Litigation 2011 Names 5 Morris James Partners Among Top Local Litigation StarsAugust 3, 2010

Delaware Super Lawyers Names 7 Morris James Partners as Top Legal Counsel in DelawareJune 27, 2010

Chambers USA Names 10 Morris James Partners In Their 2010 Guide to Leading Business LawyersJune 16, 2010

Three Morris James Partners Named as National Finalists to the Lawdragon 500 ListApril 1, 2010

Best Lawyers Names 15 Morris James Attorneys and Ranks the Firm #1 in Delaware for Education Law and Elder LawOctober 12, 2009

Benchmark Litigation 2010 Names Morris James Partners Among Top Litigation PractitionersAugust 17, 2009

Delaware Super Lawyers Magazine Has Named 7 Morris James Partners As Top Legal Counsel In DelawareJune 17, 2009

Chambers USA 2009 Recognizes 8 Morris James Attorneys and 4 Practice GroupsJune 10, 2009

13 Morris James Partners Named in Best Lawyers 2009October 23, 2008

Morris James Partners Recognized in Delaware Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel EditionJanuary 14, 2008

Eleven Morris James Partners Nominated in Best Lawyers 2008December 4, 2007

Six Morris James Attorneys Nominated to Delaware Super Lawyers June 1, 2007

Six Morris James Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers October 21, 2005

Publications

Articles & Publications

Is the Court of Chancery Reforming Stockholder Litigation?June 25, 2014Delaware Business Court Insider

Will Delaware Still Take Your Case?May 14, 2014Delaware Business Court Insider

Are Noncompete Agreements Only a Click Away?April 16, 2014Delaware Business Court Insider

Delaware Expands Remedies for Former Employee MisconductMarch 19, 2014Delaware Business Court Insider

Is Delaware Closing the Door to Foreign Tort Claimants?March 5, 2014Delaware Business Court Insider

Is Delaware Expanding Summary Judgments?February 26, 2014Delaware Business Court Insider

Delaware Expands Insider-Trading ClaimsFebruary 5, 2014Delaware Business Court Insider

An Evolving Approach to Multijurisdictional LitigationDecember 11, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

Must Board Elections Be Fair?November 6, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

Chancery Closing the Door to Multidistrict LitigationOctober 9, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

Watch Out When Waiving PrivilegeOctober 2, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

Are Preferred Stockholders Second-Class Citizens?September 4, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

Is Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Still Alive in Del.?August 14, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

Are Appraisal Cases Coming Back?July 17, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

Good-Faith and Fair-Dealing Claims Get a New LifeJune 26, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

Has the Merger Defense to Derivative Litigation Ended?June 12, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

Is the Court of Chancery Reforming Merger Litigation?May 15, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

Should Directors Sue Their Company for Its Misdeeds?May 8, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

When Is Advice of Counsel a Defense You Can Raise, but Not Disclose?April 24, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

Does Allergan Spell Litigation Relief?April 17, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

Delaware Expands Stockholders' Right to SueMarch 27, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

Do Directors of Foreign-Based Companies Have Greater Liability Exposure?March 20, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

What to Expect From Your Delaware CounselMarch 6, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

Contract Precludes Litigation - AlmostJanuary 30, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

Delaware Supreme Court Radically Changes Discovery Scheduling PracticeJanuary 9, 2013Delaware Business Court Insider

The Court of Chancery Speaks by TranscriptSeptember 12, 2012Delaware Business Court Insider

Is Delaware Poised to Dismiss Premature Litigation?August 29, 2012Delaware Business Court Insider

When May Directors Vote Themselves Bonuses?July 18, 2012Delaware Business Court Insider

Delaware Court of Chancery Sets New Rules for Derivative ClaimsJune 20, 2012

Delaware's Complex Civil Litigation Court: One Year LaterMay 18, 2012Delaware Business Court Insider

Confirming a Settlement That Your Client HatesMay 16, 2012Delaware Business Court Insider

Delaware's Business Courts Seek CommentsMay 2, 2012Delaware Business Court Insider

What to Do When the Injunction Is Denied but the Directors Made a MistakeApril 4, 2012Delaware Business Court Insider

Delaware Chancery Court Appoints Receiver for LLCMarch 7, 2012

Court of Chancery Stays Tag-Along LitigationFebruary 1, 2012Delaware Business Court Insider

Delaware Federal District Court Adopts ESI Discovery GuidelinesJanuary 12, 2012Delaware Business Court Insider

Court of Chancery Circulates Draft Practice GuidelinesDecember 28, 2011Delaware Business Court Insider

State Courts Continue to Wrestle With Jurisdictional ConflictsNovember 16, 2011Delaware Business Court Insider

Why Alternative Entities May Not Protect InvestorsOctober 19, 2011Delaware Business Court Insider

Traps for the Unwary - The Potential Consequences of Agreements to Negotiate in Good FaithOctober 12, 2011Delaware Business Court Insider

Common Pleas Court's New 'Rocket Docket' May Offer Advantages in Business LitigationOctober 5, 2011Delaware Business Court Insider

Curing Incivility: How and When Should Judges Act?September 28, 2011Delaware Law Weekly

Superior Court Emphasizes Need for Speed in LitigationAugust 11, 2011

Paying for Your Opponent's Lawyer: A Common DilemmaAugust 3, 2011Delaware Business Court Insider

Will Delaware Survive Without A William In Charge?July 29, 2011Delaware Business Court Insider

Why You Should Care What Law Applies to Your ContractJuly 20, 2011Delaware Business Court Insider

Why Do We Care About 'Poison Pills'?June 8, 2011Delaware Business Court Insider

The Song of Preferred Stockholders: 'You Get What You Asked For, Not What You Need'April 27, 2011Delaware Business Court Insider

Are Directors Vulnerable for Lack of Oversight When a Natural Disaster Strikes?April 6, 2011

Do Managers of LLCs Have Any Fiduciary Duties Left?March 16, 2011Delaware Business Court Insider

Supreme Court Rejects Deepening Insolvency ClaimNovember 1, 2007

Delaware Supreme Court Expands Director ProtectionJuly 10, 2007Delaware Supreme Court

Is Omnicare Slowly Dying?November 16, 2004

Short Form Mergers Must Not Be Short on DisclosuresOctober 1, 2004

The Delaware Carve Out Remains Live and WellSeptember 20, 2004

Good Faith: Not For Your BuddiesMay 1, 2004

SOX v. DGCL: Round OneMarch 1, 2004

 
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Modest Reflections on the State of Delaware Litigation
Edward M. McNally, August 4, 2014
Delaware’s courts are going through a period of rapid change. While it is too early to decide whether those changes are for the better, some preliminary comments are possible. In general, the recent events are a cause for optimism that Delaware is maintaining its position as the best forum...

Is the Court of Chancery Reforming Stockholder Litigation?
Edward M. McNally, July 4, 2014
A real change is going on in stockholder litigation in Delaware. Yet it is largely unnoticed because of the uproar over what will someday be seen as just a Supreme Court decision that did not have a lasting impact. We need a longer perspective to appreciate what is happening.

An Evolving Approach to Multijurisdictional Litigation
Edward M. McNally, December 13, 2013
The Delaware Court of Chancery continues to evolve its approach to multijurisdictional litigation. Exactly what that court will do next is uncertain. Its most recent decisions seem to rebut the prediction it would enjoin forum-shopping plaintiffs to prevent them from abusing the legal system by...


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WilmingtonDE 19801-1494




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