Edward M. McNally: Lawyer with Morris James LLP

Edward M. McNally

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Wilmington,  DE  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Alternative Entities
  • Business Litigation
  • Corporate and Fiduciary Litigation
  • 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
BornWilmington, Delaware, February 21, 1947

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.

Among his peers, Ed has been singled out for the quality of his client counseling. Ed's "reputation...is excellent," as one judicial opinion noted, and he "has very good judgment," according to Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business. In Chambers USA 2011, "Clients highlight Edward McNally as another strong lawyer at the firm. His expertise covers a wide range of business litigation, but fiduciary law is a particular strength."


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 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

Community Affiliations

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-DE, Past President

Town of Elsmere, Town Solicitor


Best Lawyers®, 2014 "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation

Delaware Voluntary Mediation Act, Principal Drafter

Best Lawyers®,2005-2014

Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005-2013

Lawdragon 500, National Finalist, 2010

Delaware Super Lawyers®, 2007-2013

Benchmark: Litigation, 2009-2012

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

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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...

Court Of Chancery Explains When To Award Fees For Litigation Misconduct
Edward M. McNally, September 23, 2013
When does a litigant"s conduct before or after the litigation is filed justify fee shifting? This careful decision answers that question.

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Edward M. McNally

500 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1500
WilmingtonDE 19801-1494


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