P. Clarkson Collins, Jr.: Lawyer with Morris James LLP

P. Clarkson Collins, Jr.

Wilmington,  DE  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Alternative Entities
  • Business Litigation
  • Corporate and Fiduciary Litigation
  • Special Committee Representation
  • Corporate Governance Counseling
  • Energy Industry Team
  • Products Liability Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 302.888.6990
Fax: 302.571.1750
Mailing AddressP.O. Box 2306, Wilmington, DE, 19899-2306
University University of Virginia, B.A., 1971
Law SchoolPennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1975
Admitted1976, Delaware; United States District Court, District of Delaware; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
BornPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 20, 1950

P. Clarkson Collins, Jr. is a former Managing Partner of Morris James, with more than 35 years of litigation experience in complex corporate, commercial, and fiduciary matters in both jury and non-jury trials.

Clark represents corporations, directors and officers, and alternative entities and their managers and members in class, derivative, and individual actions involving governance, breach of fiduciary duty, appraisal, dissolution, summary proceedings, and claims for indemnification and advancement. He also represents clients in a wide variety of business tort, trust, fiduciary, and contract actions, including trade secret, unfair competition, lender liability, joint venture disputes, and professional liability claims.


• Defense of telecommunications company at trial defeating challenge to its consummation of an industry merger
• Representation of global chemical manufacturing company to remedy misappropriation of its industry leading proprietary trade secret technology
• Defense of directors of petroleum company in shareholder class action trial challenging entire fairness of merger and successful appeal upholding defense judgment
• Defense of officer of global insurer in shareholder derivative action claiming breach of fiduciary duty
• Representation of chemical manufacturing company in joint venture dispute, successfully enforcing contract and fiduciary claims against co-venturer
• Representation of biotechnology company in expedited suit to enjoin interference with contractual licensing rights
• Defense of telecommunication equipment manufacturer in contract action seeking royalties claimed under IP settlement agreement
• Defense of bank against lender liability claims at trial and successful appeal upholding verdict
• Representation of software technology company at trial and successful appeal upholding damages judgment and rejecting fraud defense
• Defense of university against breach of trust in connection with management of an endowed research institute and successful appeal upholding dismissal
• Representation of hedge funds owner in litigation against co-owner for breaches of fiduciary duty and winding up the funds

Professional Affiliations

Delaware State Bar Association, Executive Council of the Corporation Law and the Corporate Counsel Sections
Delaware State Bar Association, Professional Ethics Committee, Co-Chair, 1991-95
Delaware State Bar Association, Judicial Appointments Committee, 2004-Present
Delaware Supreme Court Committee to Revise Principles of Professionalism for Delaware Lawyers and to Develop Code of Professionalism for Judges, Co-Chair by Court Appointment, 2003
Delaware Board of Bar Examiners, Assistant Secretary, 1987-1988, Secretary, 1989-90, 2002-2007
Delaware Judicial Nominating Commission, 2004-2009
American Bar Association, Business Law, Business Litigation and Litigation Sections
The Office of the Child Advocate, Guardian ad litem on behalf of abused and neglected children
Appointed Guardian ad litem for Kelly Stevens by Delaware Supreme Court, In re Stevens, Del. Supr. 669 A.2d 33, 1995

Community Affiliations

Children & Families First Delaware, Former President and Chair (1992 - 1994), Board of Directors, (1980 - Present)
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Elder, Trustee
United States Army Reserve, Field Artillery Captain (1972 - 1980)

News & Events

News & Media Mentions

Sixteen Morris James Lawyers Recognized in Delaware Today's "Top Lawyers 2015"
October 26, 2015

Benchmark Litigation Again Recognizes 7 Morris James Partners
October 20, 2015
Benchmark Litigation 2016

Best Lawyers® 2016 Recognizes 21 Morris James Attorneys
August 18, 2015

Fourteen Morris James Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2015
May 19, 2015

Delaware Super Lawyers® 2015 Recognizes 8 Morris James Attorneys
May 15, 2015

Delaware Super Lawyers® 2014 Business Edition Names Six Morris James Partners
December 30, 2014

Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Seven Morris James Attorneys as Top Litigators in Delaware
December 18, 2014

Morris James Leads Delaware Today "Top Lawyers" Edition with 25 Recognitions
October 21, 2014

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

Delaware Super Lawyers® 2014 Recognizes 12 Morris James' Attorneys
January 23, 2014
Delaware Super Lawyers®

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

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

Clark Collins Receives Highest Honor from DuPont
June 11, 2013

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

Delaware Super Lawyers® 2013 Recognizes 12 Morris James' Attorneys
January 9, 2013
Delaware Super Lawyers®

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

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

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

Chambers USA Names 14 Morris James Attorneys in Their 2012 Guide to Leading Business Lawyers
June 4, 2012

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

17 Morris James Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers® 2012 in 20 Practice Areas
August 31, 2011

Benchmark Litigation 2012 Names 5 Morris James Partners Among Top "Local Litigation Stars"
June 16, 2011

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

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

Benchmark Litigation 2011 Names 5 Morris James Partners Among Top "Local Litigation Stars"
August 3, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morris James Partners Recognized in Delaware Super Lawyers® Corporate Counsel Edition
January 14, 2008

Eleven Morris James Partners Nominated in Best Lawyers® 2008
December 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


Articles & Publications

Business Judgment Standard for Disinterested-Stockholder Approval
October 14, 2015
Delaware Business Court Insider

Non-Appearing Appraisal Claimants' Right to Settle Claims Affirmed
August 26, 2015

Chancery Court Upholds Indicted Ex-Director's Advancement Rights
July 8, 2015
Delaware Business Court Isider

Proxy Puts: Consider With Caution
June 3, 2015
Delaware Business Court Insider

The Narrow Contours of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith
April 8, 2015
Delaware Business Court Insider

Choice-of-Law Agreements and Public Policy Enforceability Exception
February 11, 2015
Delaware Business Court Insider

Latest Blog Posts

Delaware Business Litigation Report
The Court of Chancery Reaffirms the Vitality of Claims Asserting Insider Trading as a Breach of the Fiduciary Duty of Loyalty

Videos & Podcasts

Webcast: A Roadmap to the Delaware Arbitration Act
June 25, 2015


Delaware Business Litigation Report


Delaware Today® "Top Lawyers," 2014

Chambers USA - Recognized for work in the Delaware Court of Chancery, 2006-2015

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

Best Lawyers®, 2005-2012, 2014-2016

Delaware Super Lawyers®, 2007-2015

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating

Dickinson Law Review, Board of Editors, 1974-75


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P. Clarkson Collins, Jr.

500 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1500
WilmingtonDE 19801-1494


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