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Robert K. Payson

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Robert K. Payson, a retired Potter Anderson partner, concentrated his practice in the area of corporate litigation, particularly in the Delaware Court of Chancery and the Delaware Supreme Court. He advised boards of directors of Delaware corporations and committees thereof with respect to the Delaware General Corporation Law, mergers and acquisitions, and class and derivative litigation.

Representative Matters

Among the more important corporate cases in which Bob has been lead or Delaware lead counsel are: Gimbel v. Signal Cos., Del., 316 A.2d 619 (1974); Zapata Corp. v. Maldonado, Del., 430 A.2d 779 (1981); Weinberger v. UOP, Inc., Del., 457 A.2d 701 (1983); Smith v. Van Gorkom, Del., 488 A.2d 858 (1985); Cede & Co. v. Technicolor, Inc., Del., 542 A.2d 1182 (1988); Del., 634 A.2d 345 (1993); Del., 684 A.2d 289 (1996); Mills Acquisition Co. v. MacMillan, Inc., Del., 559 A.2d 1261 (1989); Malone v. Brincat, Del., 722 A.2d 5 (1998); In re Digex Inc. Shareholders Litigation, 789 A.2d 1176 (Del. Ch., Dec 13, 2000) (NO. CIV.A. 18336); In re Siliconix Inc. Shareholders Litigation, 2001 WL 716787 (Del.Ch., Jun 21, 2001) (NO. CIV.A. 18700); Hewlett v. Hewlett-Packard Co., 2002 WL 818091 (Del.Ch., Apr 30, 2002) (NO. CIV.A. 19513-NC); In re Pure Resources, Inc., --- A.2d ----, 2002 WL 31300797 (Del.Ch., Oct 7, 2002) (NO. C.A. 19876); Tooley v. Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc., 845 A.2d 1031 (Del. 2004); Cede & Co. v. Technicolor, Inc., 884 A.2d 26 (Del. 2005); In re: Walt Disney Co. Derivative Litigation, 2005 WL 2056651 (Del. Ch 2005).

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Duke University, LL.B., 1964

Duke University, A.B., 1961

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Delaware, 1964

    Supreme Court of the United States

    United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

    United States District Court for the District of Delaware

Professional Activities and Honors

Listed in several editions of The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading practitioner in his field

Delaware Bar (inactive)