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Michael D. Goldman

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Michael D. Goldman, a retired Potter Anderson partner, practiced primarily in the corporate counseling and corporate litigation areas. He was regularly called to provide advice and formal opinions as to the advisability, propriety and legal consequences of proposed decisions, transactions, and business combinations under Delaware law.

In litigation matters, his practice focused primarily on the fiduciary relationship between Delaware business entities and their owners and managers, particularly in connection with mergers, tender offers, proxy contests, and other transactions involving changes of corporate control.

Michael has written a number of articles for leading legal publications, including The Business Lawyer, The National Law Journal, and The New York Law Journal, and has lectured on corporate law matters at seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, Tulane University, the Association of General Counsel, the Delaware State Bar Association and Widener University School of Law. In addition, he has served as a speaker on Delaware corporate law issues for a number of national and regional law firms as part of their internal continuing education programs. 

Representative Matters

Michael's clients included Alaris, ARCO, Aquila, Bain Capital, Barclays Capital, Inc., CIBC, CNOOC, Conoco Phillips, Continental Airlines, CareFirst, Chase Manhattan, Deutsche Bank, DuPont, First Bank Systems, Fuji, Gemstar, GSO Capital, Hallwood Group, HCA, JANA Partners, J.P. Morgan, Kellogg, KLA Tencor, The Limited, Liggett, LIVE Entertainment, Lucent, Lyondell, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Metrocall, MHR Fund Management, Morgan Stanley, Nextel, ONEOK, Palm, Inc., Pepsi Bottling, Pfizer, R.J. Reynolds, Red Hat, SBC Communications, TLC Beatrice International, Trex, United Airlines, Vector Group, Verint, Warner Lambert and Special Committee of West Corp.

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Law Clerk to Delaware Court of Chancery, 1967-1968

Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1967

The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1964

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Delaware, 1968

Professional Activities and Honors

Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading practitioner in both the corporate litigation and corporate/M&A areas 

Delaware State Bar Association; Corporation Law Section, Former Chair

American Bar Association; Business Law Section

Former Chair, State of Delaware, Board of Bar Examiners

Former Chair, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, 1999-2005