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About Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell
From its single office in Delaware, Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell represents clients nationwide in corporate, commercial, intellectual property, and bankruptcy matters. The firm remains local to Delaware clients with its practices in bankruptcy; general business; trusts, estate, and tax planning; and real estate.
Delaware and Only Delaware
Morris Nichols has a long tradition of serving the needs of businesses, nonprofits, and residents who call Delaware home. The firm’s history began when Judge John Hugh M. Morris hung his shingle in Wilmington in 1930. He was soon joined by Alexander Nichols in 1931, S. Samuel Arsht in 1934, and the final named partner, former Delaware Supreme Court Justice James M. Tunnell, Jr., joined the firm in 1958. Today, the one-office firm services clients nationwide while maintaining its traditional Delaware roots.
At the Core
Morris Nichols considers bankruptcy, corporate, and patent work to be its core practice areas and the “three-legged stool” upon which the firm was built. The firm was an influential player in the formation of Delaware’s business-friendly regulations (founder Samuel Arsht chaired a committee that revised and updated the state’s corporation code), and uses that deep knowledge to attract well-known clients such as McDonald’s, Nokia, 3M, Viacom, Berkshire Hathaway, and eBay.
Nationwide, the Morris Nichols trusts, estates, and tax group has earned a reputation as a go-to firm for settlors, beneficiaries, attorneys, banks, and trust companies looking to navigate Delaware trust law. Morris Nichols' attorneys regularly work as Delaware trust counsel with AmLaw 200 firms and many large financial institutions with trust offices in Delaware. The firm advises clients through the Delaware-specific processes of creating trusts, migrating trusts, and modifying, administering, and terminating trusts. The group also works with clients on estate planning, tax, and wealth transfer issues ranging from routine to very complex.
Delaware is also a hotspot for bankruptcy proceedings, and Morris Nichols is again at the front of the pack of experts in this area. The firm counsels publicly traded and privately held debtors in possession, official creditors’ committee, bondholders’ committees, secured and unsecured creditors, pre- and post-petition lenders, equity holders, purchasers of asses, and other parties-in-interests. The firm’s deep familiarity with the Delaware Bankruptcy Court, Delaware District Court, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit proves invaluable when navigating the complex issues that arise for clients navigating bankruptcy proceedings.
Though its geographic span is small, Morris Nichols has a pro bono practice that runs deep in its local community. The firm supports numerous Delaware organizations including Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Delaware Special Olympics, and Goodwill of Delaware. The firm has also partnered with Widener University Delaware Law School to represent veterans through the school’s Veterans Law Clinic. Over the years, the firm has garnered numerous awards for its pro bono work, including from the Governor and the Delaware Bar Association.
1201 N. Market Street, 16th Floor
PO Box 1347
Wilmington, DE 19899
Phone: (302) 658-9200
Total No. Attorneys (2020):
50 - 100
1st year: $175,000
Summer associate: $7,291.67/pay period
Crystal D. Deazle, JD
Director of Professional Development & Legal Recruitment
No. of U.S. Offices: 1
No. of International Offices: 0
Business Reorganizing & Restructuring
Corporate and Business Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
Trusts, Estates & Tax