Michele C. Gott

Michele C. Gott: Attorney with Smith, Katzenstein & Jenkins LLP
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  • Brandywine Building, 1000 West Street, Suite 1501, P.O. Box 410, Wilmington, DE 19899
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Michele’s experience encompasses practicing in both the government sector and the private sector. She has represented clients in all aspects of litigation including corporate, partnership and commercial matters. Michele specializes in writing briefs in complex cases-both at the trial court and appellate levels-which include derivative and class actions, appraisal actions, disputes over control of corporate boards of directors, and books and records actions. She also advises corporations through the dissolution process provided for by the Delaware General Corporation Law, an area in which Michele gained landmark experience while assisting the guardian ad litem appointed to represent the interests of future claimants in Delaware's first major case involving the then newly revised corporate dissolution statute.

From 1995 to 1997, Michele left private practice to serve as a Deputy Attorney General with the State of Delaware Department of Justice where she represented various professional regulatory boards and the Office of State Personnel.

Michele served as the law clerk to the Honorable Susan C. Del Pesco in the Delaware Superior Court from 1988-1989

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Chancery/Corporate Litigation
  • Corporate and Alternative Entity Counseling

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
888-388-4830  Phone
302-652-8400  Phone
302-652-8405  Fax
University Attended:
University of Delaware, B.A., 1982
Law School Attended:
Delaware Law School of Widener University, J.D., cum laude, 1988
Year of First Admission:
United States District Court for the District of Delaware; 1988, Delaware

•Delaware State Bar Association; Member
•American Bar Association; Member
Birth Information:
Wilmington, Delaware, May 23, 1958
Reported Cases:
Representative Cases: Gentile v. Rossette , 906 A.2d 91 (Del. 2006) (reversing grant of summary judgment against plaintiffs (on interlocutory appeal) resulting in clarification of the direct/derivative distinction). Godsy v. Gruenberg , C.A. No. 20190 (Del. Ch. April 22, 2003) (TRANSCRIPT) (dispute over control of company); Smith v. Nu-West Industries, Inc. , C.A. No. 15442 2000 WL 1641248 (Del. Ch. Oct. 25, 2000), aff'd , 781 A.2d 691 (Del. 2001) (granting summary judgment in favor of class of preferred stockholders who had been deprived of accrued dividends); S.I. Management, L.P. v. Wininger , 707 A.2d 37 (Del. 1998) (affirming injunction issued by the Delaware Court of Chancery preventing the liquidation of a limited partnership); New Haverford Partnership v. Stroot , 772 A.2d 792 (Del. 2001) (affirming verdict in favor of plaintiffs in toxic mold case); Rypac Packaging Machinery, Inc. v. Coakley , C.A. No. 16069 2000 WL 567895 (Del. Ch. May 1, 2000) (granting judgment after trial in favor of 50% owner of company accused of violating fiduciary and contractual duties in connection with departure from company); In re RegO Co. , 623 A.2d 92 (Del. Ch. 1992) (interpreting corporate dissolution statute); In the Matter of Appraisal of Shell Oil Co. , C.A. No. 8080, 1990 WL 201390 (Del. Ch. Dec. 11, 1990), aff'd , 607 A.2d 1213 (Del. 1992) (awarding petitioners 13.20 per share over the merger consideration in largest appraisal action in Delaware history).
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