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Jennifer C. Wasson

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Jennifer Wasson’s clients trust her to handle their commercial, corporate and insurance litigation in Delaware state and federal courts. She is a leading contributor to Potter Anderson’s well-known insurance coverage practice, where she represents corporate policyholders in complex insurance litigation involving general and professional liability, property, and D&O policies, among other types of coverage. Jennifer’s breadth of knowledge and experience in the Delaware courts is a valued asset to clients for whom she serves as Delaware counsel, and she routinely works closely with many national policyholder-side firms, advising lead counsel on both procedural and substantive issues throughout the litigation.

An active member of the trial team in two major insurance coverage actions in the Complex Commercial Division of the Delaware Superior Court (CCLD), Jennifer has trial experience in matters that resulted in significant verdicts for her policyholder clients. She also has tried both civil and criminal cases in Delaware’s federal courts, including as a prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office through Operation FED-UP, a law enforcement initiative to combat the use of guns to commit felony crimes. In addition, Jennifer uses her trial skills to effectively represent victims of abuse in Delaware Family Court through her pro bono service with Delaware Volunteer Legal Service’s Protections From Abuse Program.

Jennifer has received an “AV Preeminent” peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and as one client noted in her profile, “Jennifer’s character, integrity, and intellect are second to none. She is the first litigator I would call for high stakes litigation in Delaware.”

Representative Matters

  • Won summary judgment as lead counsel for major supplier to oil and gas industry in multimillion-dollar contract dispute in Delaware Superior Court, Complex Commercial Litigation Division
  • Won jury verdict in favor of policyholder as trial team member and Delaware counsel for pension fund in D&O coverage litigation, in which the Delaware Superior Court judge characterized the trial as “one of the best lawyered cases [she has] ever presided over”
  • Represents global provider of safety equipment as Delaware counsel against more than 20 insurance companies in dispute over hundreds of millions of dollars in general liability coverage; obtained multiple summary judgment decisions in favor of client and personally argued successful sanctions motion against lead insurer
  • Won jury verdict and key summary judgment rulings for pump manufacturer as Delaware counsel in litigation seeking more than $500 million in coverage for asbestos claims against more than a dozen insurance companies
  • Successfully represented large financial institution in dispute regarding asset-backed securities in Delaware Superior Court, Complex Commercial Litigation Division
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Education

University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude; Chancellor's Scholar; Board of Editors, North Carolina Law Review; Order of the Coif

The College of William & Mary, B.A., magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Law Clerk to The Honorable Frank W. Bullock, Jr., United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Delaware
  • North Carolina (inactive)
  • South Carolina (inactive)

Professional Activities and Honors

  • Member of the Board of Bar Examiners of the Delaware Supreme Court (2015-2017)
  • Incoming Vice-Chair of the Board of Bar Examiners (2018)
  • Co-Chair of the Ethics Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA’s Litigation Division
  • Instructor for the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Delaware Law School
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Co-Hiring Partner for Potter Anderson
  • Adjunct Instructor in the Legal Studies Program, Goldey Beacom College (2011-2012)