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Christopher N. Kelly

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Mr. Kelly focuses his practice primarily on complex litigation matters involving Delaware corporations and alternative entities.  His experience includes stockholder class and derivative actions, takeover disputes, limited partnership and limited liability company litigation, internal corporate investigations, post-closing disputes, and statutory proceedings under the Delaware General Corporation Law and alternative entity statutes, such as dissolution actions, stock appraisals, indemnification and advancement actions, contested director elections, and demands to inspect books and records.  In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Kelly counsels corporate and individual clients regarding their rights and obligations under Delaware law. Mr. Kelly has written numerous articles and presented on Delaware corporate and alternative entity law topics.

Recent speaking engagements include:

  • First State Update: Case Law Developments and Updates to Delaware's LLC Act, Corporation Service Company/LexisNexis webinar (September 28, 2016)
  • Inside Track with Jeff: “Dead Hand” Proxy Puts, DealLawyers.com podcast (July 22, 2015)
  • Exclusive Forum, Fee Shifting, and Other Bylaws, Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals (November 18, 2014)

Representative Matters

Recent cases in which Mr. Kelly has served as counsel include the following:

  • ACP Master, Ltd. v. Sprint Corp., 2017 WL 3421142 (Del. Ch. July 21, 2017).
  • Shawe v. Elting, 157 A.3d 142 (Del. 2017).
  • Shawe v. Elting, 157 A.3d 152 (Del. 2017).
  • Gramercy Emerging Markets Fund v. Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c., 2016 WL 7494898 (Del. Ch. Dec. 30, 2016), aff’d, 2017 WL 4857141 (Del. Oct. 27, 2017).
  • IAC Search, LLC v. Conversant LLC, 2016 WL 6995363 (Del. Ch. Nov. 30, 2016).
  • In re Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc., Stockholder Litigation, 115 A.3d 1173 (Del. 2015).
  • OFI Risk Arbitrages v. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., 2015 WL 4036179 (D. Del. July 1, 2015).
  • Nottenkamper v. Modany, 2015 WL 1951571 (D. Del. Apr. 29, 2015).
  • Aviva Life & Annuity Co. v. Am. Gen. Life Ins. Co., 2014 WL 1677798 (Del. Ch. Apr. 29, 2014).
  • Koehler v. NetSpend Holdings Inc., 2013 WL 2181518 (Del. Ch. May 21, 2013).

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Education

Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2006

University of Delaware, B.A., 2003

Law clerk to the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Law clerk to the Honorable A. Richard Caputo, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Delaware, 2012

    New Jersey, 2006

    Pennsylvania (inactive), 2006

Professional Activities and Honors

  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association; Administrative Committee Director (Membership Committee) for the Corporate Governance Committee; In The Know subcommittee; Publications subcommittee