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Peter J. Walsh, Jr.

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Peter J. Walsh, Jr. is the practice group leader of Potter Anderson's Corporate Litigation Group and serves on the firm's Executive Committee. Noted in a recent edition of Chambers USA as "very bright and incredibly experienced,” he has first-chaired many trials in the Delaware courts, and has successfully argued numerous appeals before the Supreme Court of Delaware, as well as several in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Pete has been involved in several precedent setting cases in the areas of corporate books and records and the payment of attorneys' fees to a prevailing party. He regularly handles Court of Chancery proceedings, including stockholder class and derivative actions, summary proceedings pursuant to the General Corporation Law, and disputes involving alternative entities. Pete also frequently counsels officers, directors, and committees of the board in matters of Delaware corporate law, primarily as such matters bear upon ongoing or anticipated litigation.

Pete is active in the Business Law Section of the ABA, having served on the Council of the Section, as Chair of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee, and as Chair of the Publications Board. He has authored numerous articles dealing with corporate litigation and practice, and has served numerous times as a moderator or panelist on topics involving corporate law, litigation, ethics and professionalism.

Representative Matters

  • Melbourne Municipal Firefighters Pension Trust Fund v. Paul E. Jacobs, et al., No. 444, 2016 (Del. 2016) (Order)
  • El Paso Pipeline GP Co., L.L.C. v. Brinckerhoff, 152 A.3d 1248 (Del. 2016)

  • Klaassen v. Allegro Development Corp., 106 A.3d 1035 (Del. 2014)
  • Allen v. El Paso Pipeline GP Co., 90 A.3d 1097 (Del. Ch. 2014)
  • Alta Berkeley VI C.V. v. Omneon, Inc., 41 A.3d 381 (Del. 2012)
  • Espinoza v. Hewlett-Packard Company, 32 A.3d 365 (Del. 2011)
  • Kahn v. Kolberg Kravis Roberts & Co., L.P. 23 A.3d 831 (Del. 2011)
  • William Penn Partnership v. Saliba, 13 A.3d 749 (Del. 2011)
  • Nemec v. Shrader, 991 A.2d 1120 (Del. 2010)
  • Security First Corp. v. U.S. Die Casting & Dev. Co. 687 A.2d 563 (Del. 1997)
  • New Castle County, DE v. Wilmington Hospitality, LLC, 963 A.2d 738 (Del. 2008)
  • Charles E. Underbrink and James H. Harrison v. Warrior Energy Service, Inc., 2008 WL 2262316 (Del. Ch.)
  • Vichi v. Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V., 2009 WL 4345724 (Del. Ch. 2009)
  • West Willow-Bay Court LLC v. Robino-Bay Court Plaza LLC, 2007 WL 3317551 (Del. Ch.)
  • Walter E. Ryan, et al. v. John F. Gifford, et al., 935 A.2d 258 (Del. Ch. 2007)
  • West Coast Management & Capital, LLC v. Carrier Access Corporation, 2006 WL 3502995 (Del. Ch.)
  • Cede & Co. v. JRC Acquisition Corp. 2004 WL 286963 (Del. Ch.)
  • In re Explorer Pipeline Co., 781 A.2d 705 (Del. Ch. 2001)
  • New Castle County v. National Union Fire Ins. Co., 243 F.3d 744 (3d Cir. 2001)



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Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1986; Executive Editor, Washington & Lee Law Review

Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1983

Law Clerk to the Honorable Jack B. Jacobs, Delaware Court of Chancery, 1986-1987

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Delaware, 1986
  • United States District Court for the District of Delaware, 1987
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1991

Professional Activities and Honors

Martindale-Hubbell rated AV Preeminent

Recognized annually by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading Chancery litigator in Delaware, and was named in the most recent editions of The Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers.

Named 2019 Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" in Wilmington, Delaware for Corporate Law

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Delaware State Bar Association: Member, Committee on Judicial Appointments; Member and former Chair, Committee on Professional Ethics

ABA: Business Law Section: Former Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee; Former Co-Chair, Director and Officer Liability Committee; Former Member of the Council of the Business Section; Chair, Publication Board; frequent participant in ABA-sponsored corporate law programs

Board Member and Former President, Delaware Greenways, Inc.

Member, Washington & Lee University School of Law's Law Council

President, Garrett House (United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware)

Co-Chair, 2014 Combined Campaign for Justice