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Ryan P. Newell

Connolly Gallagher LLP

Wilmington, DE, USA


Ryan P. Newell
Partner

Ryan Newell represents clients in a variety of areas, including corporate and commercial litigation; corporate governance; corporate counseling; mergers and acquisitions; electronic discovery and records management; and government representation. Ryan is also a Delaware Superior Court certified mediator.

In addition to regularly litigating business disputes before the District of Delaware, the Delaware Court of Chancery, and the Delaware Superior Court, Ryan frequently writes about corporate and commercial decisions in the Delaware courts. Ryan has also lectured on electronically-stored information and document retention matters.

Ryan was part of a team that successfully defended the State of Delaware before the United States Supreme Court in an original jurisdiction action brought by New Jersey that challenged Delaware’s sovereignty over the Delaware River within its historic Twelve Mile Circle. In 2010, Ryan received the Delaware State Bar Association’s New Lawyers Distinguished Service Award.

In law school, Ryan served as law clerk to The Honorable Kevin A. Hess in the Cumberland County (Pennsylvania) Court of Common Pleas. During law school, Ryan was the Casenote Editor for the Penn State Law Review.

Speaking Engagements
  • Ethics and E-Discovery in the Delaware Courts (October 30, 2013)
  • The Scope of E-Discovery: Your Digital Footprint (Sept. 12, 2013)
  • Best Practices in E-Discovery: Proportionality and Cooperation from Preservation to Production (Aug. 23, 2013)
  • Best Practices in E-Discovery, Delaware Supreme Court Pre-Admission Conferences (2010 – Present)
  • Recent Decisions in E-Discovery that Affect All of Us (Dec. 12, 2007)
Publications 
  • Court of Chancery Issues Best Practices Guidelines for Practitioners
  • Court of Chancery Precludes Limited Partner from Prematurely Withdrawing Its Investment from Partnership
  • Court of Chancery Finds That, Under New York Law, Notes May Be Voluntarily Cancelled Absent Provision in the Indenture to the Contrary
  • Court of Chancery Dismisses Challenge to Asset Purchase Agreement; Discusses Ramifications of Freedom of Contract in Purchase Agreement
  • Court of Chancery Approves a Cox Communications Settlement of Two Actions; Reduces Attorneys’ Fee Award to $10 million
  • Court of Chancery Addresses Mooted Purpose for Books and Records Inspection
  • Court Declines to Restore Corporate Existence of Dissolved Corporation to Address Lawsuit Filed Prior to Dissolution
  • Court Applies Entire Fairness Test to Reverse Stock Split
  • Court Awards Attorneys’ Fees and Provides Roadmap for Future Fee Recovery
  • After Failed Acquisition, Court Finds Distribution Rights of Shareholders of “Blank Check Company” Governed by Trust Agreement
  • Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Adoption of Anti-Takeover Measure Involving Net Operating Losses
  • Delaware Supreme Court Settles Split of Authority Regarding Contracts Under Seal
  • Despite Applying Step-Transaction Doctrine, Court Does Not Aggregate Transactions and Fails to Find Sale of “Substantially All” Assets
  • Non-Party Has Standing As Intervenor to Seek Unsealing of Documents
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals Dismisses Cephalon Shareholder Action for Failure to Plead Demand Futility
  • Court of Chancery Enforces Broad Forum Selection Clause; Enjoins First-Filed Action
  • Supreme Court Addresses “Fair Price” and “Fair Value” in Appraisal Proceedings; Declines to Adopt Bright Line Rules for Appraisal Proceedings
  • Court of Chancery Denies Motion to Expedite Claim for Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing; Plaintiff Failed to Plead Colorable Claims for Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Court of Chancery Dismisses Action Where Plaintiff Failed to Plead Key Facts Challenging Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Entire Fairness Standard Applied
  • Court Dismisses Counterclaims for Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Breach of Contract, and Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
  • Delaware Court of Chancery Dismisses Dow Shareholders’ Derivative Claims Regarding Rohm and Haas Acquisition for Failure to Plead Demand Futility
  • Court of Chancery Resolves Complex Dispute Regarding Trade Secrets and Claims of Fiduciary Duty Breach
  • ‘To Be Sure He is My Husband Good Enough,’ or is He? An Analysis of Common Law Marriage in Pennsylvania
Representative Cases
  • American International Group Inc. Consolidated Derivative Litigation, C.A. No. 769
  • Cede & Co. v. Penn Engineering & Manufacturing Corp., Del. Ch., C.A. No. 1637-CC
  • In re: Citigroup Inc. Shareholder Derivative Litigation, Del. Ch., C.A. No. 3338-CC
  • In re: Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc., Del. Ch., C.A. No. 2776-CC
  • Rohm & Haas Co. v. Smith, Pa. Ct. C.P., No. 08-29229
  • Rohm and Haas Co. v. Dow Chemical, Del. Ch., C.A. No. 4309-CC
  • State of New Jersey v. State of Delaware, 552 U.S. 597 (2008)

Areas of Practice

  • Delaware Business, Commercial and Corporate Litigation
  • Delaware Corporate Counseling
  • Government Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Education

  • The Dickinson School of Law - Pennsylvania State University (J.D.; 2005)
  • University Of Notre Dame (B.A. Management; 2002)
  • Salesianum School (1998)
Bar Admissions
  • Delaware (2005)
  • United States District Court - District of Delaware (2006)
  • Pennsylvania (2008)
  • New Jersey (2008)
  • United States District Court - District of New Jersey (2008)
  • Third Circuit for the United States Court of Appeals (2012)
Professional Experience
  • Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP (2005 - 12)
Professional and Other Associations

  • Rodney Inn of Court (2005 – Present; Treasurer 2007 – Present)
  • The Richard K. Herrmann Technology Inn of Court (Executive Committee 2005 – Present)
  • St. Thomas More Society; Executive Committee (Executive Committee 2005 – Present; President 2008–09)
  • American Bar Association (2005 – Present)
  • Delaware State Bar Association (2005 – Present)
  • The Office of the Child Advocate (Guardian Ad Litem 2008 – Present)
  • Delaware Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (Pro Bono Attorney 2009-11; Fundraiser 2009-11)
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington (Board of Directors 2010 – Present)
  • Notre Dame Club of Delaware (President, 2013 – Present; Vice President, 2006 – 2012; Member, 1998 – Present)
  • Notre Dame Club of Philadelphia (2005 – Present)
  • The Delaware Foundation for Reaching Children with Intellectual Disabilities (2005-08; Vice Chairman Blue Gold All Star Football Game 2007-2008)
  • Legacy Youth Tennis and Education (2012)
  • Nativity Preparatory School of Wilmington (Mission and Board Affairs Committee Member, 2013 – Present; Young Associates, 2013 – Present)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Society (2014)
Honors

  • 2013 Delaware Super Lawyers Rising Star – Business Litigation
  • 2010 Delaware State Bar Association’s New Lawyers Distinguished Service Award
  • 2010 Distinguished Graduate Award [presented by the Department of Elementary Schools of the National Catholic Educational Association for St. John the Beloved School]
  • 2009 Pro Bono Award – Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP
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