About Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
As one of the oldest firms in the country, Delaware firm Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP has been involved in historic and influential cases since its inception. Operating from only one office, it continues to serve corporate heavyweight clients locally, nationally, and internationally, from individuals to Fortune 500 companies.
The Root of Delaware’s History
Founded in 1826, Potter Anderson has been a stop for talented and prominent Delaware public officials over the years. Three of the firm’s early attorneys—including founder Andrew C. Gray and his son George Gray—served as Attorneys General for the State of Delaware. George Gray also went on to serve two full terms in the U.S. Senate, was a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit, and retired in 1914 only to be appointed a judge for the then newly-created Court of International Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands. The third, Clarence Southerland, also went on to become the first Chief Justice of Delaware. Beyond the firm’s earlier years, many additional Potter Anderson attorneys have gone on to become judges and justices in the Delaware federal and state courts—including Sue Robinson, who became the first woman in Delaware history to serve as chief judge of the United States District Court for Delaware.
Potter Anderson clients include big names corporations hailing from the retail, media, technology, energy, banking, and finance industries. Perhaps you’ve heard of a few: Wal-Mart, Walt Disney, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Intel, GE, Exxon, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs—the list goes on. Drawing on its deep knowledge of Delaware corporate laws that draw so many businesses to the jurisdiction (the firm’s self-proclaimed “Delaware Advantage”), the firm offers clients expertise in six major areas of practice: corporate counseling; corporate litigation; commercial litigation; health care and employment; intellectual property; and restructuring, bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights.
Potter Anderson is a regular at the Delaware Court of Chancery, a well-known arena of influential corporate law cases of national significance. Every few decades, Potter Anderson takes it one step further to the Supreme Court and cements its place as a corporate law-shaping firm with landmark cases like Guth v. Loft, Inc. in 1939, which concerned the duty of loyalty; Revlon Inc. v. MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc. in 1986, which dealt with hostile takeovers; and In re Walt Disney Co. Derivative Litigation in 2005, which concerned business judgments.
Playing a Role in History
Potter Anderson has a deep connection to the history-making 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, which dealt a decisive blow to public school segregation. Collins J. Seitz, who had joined the firm only eight years earlier as an associate, wrote the only Supreme Court-approved decision in the case from his position on the Delaware Chancery Court bench. The firm’s association with the Brown did end there. More than half a century later, Potter Anderson found itself battling again in 2012, this time pro bono for the preservation of the Hockessin School 107C, which played an integral role in the case.
1313 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 984-6000
Chair of Executive Committee: Kathleen Furey McDonough
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
50 - 100
1st year: $175,000
Summer associate: $3,365/week
Kathleen H. Veith
Director of Recruiting and Associate Development
Health Care & Employment
Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights