Law notes: McDonough re-elected as chair of Potter Anderson; Petition against all White Chancery Court

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Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington, announced the re-election of Kathleen Furey McDonough as Chair. The firm also announced the partners who will serve on the Executive Committee with McDonough through the end of 2023.

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McDonough

The first woman to be elected Chair in Potter Anderson’s 196-year history and the first woman to lead a major Delaware law firm, McDonough has chaired the firm since 2018. Her practice focuses on litigation in the federal and state courts in Delaware, emphasizing labor and employment, trade secret, and commercial litigation.

“I am thrilled to be serving alongside such a talented, hard-working, and dedicated team of colleagues,” said McDonough. “The Executive Committee and practice leadership for the new term will build upon our strong track record to help achieve even greater levels of success in the years to come. I welcome their judgment, insight, and commitment to striving for what’s best for the firm and our clients.”

The Executive Committee members through the end of 2023 include MichaelA. Pittenger, Practice Group Leader for Transactions and Corporate Counseling; JeremyW. Ryan, Practice Group Leader for General Litigation; PeterJ. Walsh, Jr., Practice Group Leader for Corporate Litigation; and T.Brad Davey, At-Large Member.

To provide additional leadership resources for the firm’s practices, Potter Anderson has also appointed Vice Practice Group Leaders. These partners will work closely with the Executive Committee for the full three-year term. The newly appointed Vice Practice Group Leaders are Joy A. Barrist for the Transactions and Corporate Counseling Group, Timothy R. Dudderar for the Corporate Litigation Group, and John A. Sensing for the General Litigation Group.

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Nwaeze

Nwaeze joins Faegre Drinker as partner

Faegre Drinker announced that Oderah Nwaeze has joined the firm’s Philadelphia and Wilmington offices as a partner in the litigation practice. Nwaeze was previously a partner with Duane Morris LLP.

A first-chair trial attorney who helps clients resolve complex corporate and commercial disputes, Nwaeze’s practice includes matters involving shareholder rights, actions arising under Delaware General Corporation Law and Delaware common law; lawsuits stemming from mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions; and breach of contract matters.

Nwaeze has represented clients in state and federal class actions involving securities laws, statutory and common law fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Nwaeze is the 11th partner to join Faegre Drinker in 2021.

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Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware joined with Pastor Blaine Hackett, left, of St. John African Methodist Church, Newark, along with community members to protest the decision and the lack of diversity in Delaware’s court system.

The protest came two years after the first Black Chancery Court Justice, Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, had her seat filled by Paul Fioravanti.

That appointment made it so that the Court to no longer had any Black representation. Two years later, no change has been made.

Over 2,000 Delaware residents petitioned for Gov. John Carney to add racial diversity to Chancery Court to reflect the state’s minority population.

Carney nominated Vice Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick to serve as Chancellor, with corporate attorneyLori W. Will nominated for McCormick’s post.

Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware has been at odds with Carney and last year formed a political action committee that ran advertisements critical of the governor during his successful bid for a second term.

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