William M. Lafferty is a partner in the Wilmington, Delaware law firm of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP. He practices corporate and complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on cases involving mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests, and shareholder class and derivative actions. Bill also advises corporate clients and boards of directors with respect to litigation and transactional matters, including representing special negotiating committees, special litigation committees, and demand review committees. Bill has acted as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous significant litigations involving Delaware corporate law issues during the past 25 years, including for many Fortune 500 companies, private equity/venture capital firms, and investment banks.
Bill currently serves as Chair of the Court of Chancery Rules Committee, and previously served as a Special Master. Bill also serves on the Supreme Court Rules Committee, previously served two terms on the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners, and chaired the Delaware Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Bill is a Fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves as member of the Advisory Boards for the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, and the NYU Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance. He is a frequent author and a regular presenter before business and professional audiences on Delaware corporate law, and has been a guest instructor at M&A law classes at Harvard Law School, University of Pennsylvania, Cal-Berkeley, Stanford University, New York University, Columbia University, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Hofstra University and Delaware Law School.
Bill has been recognized as a leading Delaware litigator by a number of publications, including LawDragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation, Chambers USA, and Super Lawyers – Delaware, U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers. Bill received a B.S. from the University of Delaware in 1985 and a J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law in 1989. He served as a law clerk to The Honorable Maurice A. Hartnett, III of the Delaware Court of Chancery (1989-90).