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Elena C. Norman

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Ms. Norman, the Vice-Chair of Young Conaway's Corporate Counseling and Litigation Section, has extensive experience litigating corporate and complex business disputes, primarily in the Delaware Court of Chancery. She has litigated numerous high profile actions involving derivative claims, contests for corporate control, M&A, governance, complex contracts, alternative entities, demands for books and records, and statutory appraisal/valuation disputes. In addition, Ms. Norman regularly counsels boards of directors and senior management on Delaware corporate law.

Ms. Norman has litigated patent and securities cases in the US District Court, and commercial cases in the US Bankruptcy Court and the Complex Commercial Litigation Division of the Delaware Superior Court.

Before attending Stanford Law School, Ms. Norman studied English Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence at Somerville College, Oxford University, and received a M.A. in Legal and Political Theory from University College London. She worked on law reform issues as a staff attorney for an NGO in Moscow, Russia.

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Delaware Court of Chancery
    Chambers USA describes Ms. Norman as "adept at handling litigation associated with M&A transactions and...also known for her handling of disputes involving limited liability companies and limited partnerships." Chambers notes Ms. Norman's "valuable" ability to "provide high-level strategic advice."

  • Delaware Today - Top Lawyers, International Law (2015-present)

  • Delaware Super Lawyers®, Top Rated Business Litigation (2017)

SELECTED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Ms. Norman frequently speaks and writes on Delaware corporate law and litigation, and has been a guest instructor at Columbia, Fordham and the University of Pennsylvania law schools. Selected recent speaking engagements include:

  • Delaware Developments, Tulane University 29th Annual Corporate Law Institute (2017) (New Orleans, Louisiana)

  • Delaware Law Developments: What All Business Lawyers Need To Know (presentation focused on Delaware statutory appraisal) (2016), PLI (New York, New York)
  • Recent Developments in Delaware Corporate Law:  Transactional and Litigation Perspectives (2016), Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association (Wilmington, Delaware)

  • Conference "The Corporate Contract in Changing Times: Is the Law Keeping Up?" (2016), sponsored by UC Berkeley School of Law, Vanderbilt Law School, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (Berkeley, California)

  • Spin to WinThe Increasing Use of Spin-Off Transactions Including in Response to Demands By Activist Stockholders Worldwide, American Bar Association Section of International Law, 2016 Spring Meeting (New York, New York)

  • M&A and the Trados Decision: Lessons to be Learned, Stanford University Rock Center for Corporate Governance, 1st Annual Directors’ College for Venture-Backed Company Directors (2014) (Palo Alto, California)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Section of International Law
       --Senior Advisor, International M & A/Joint Ventures Committee (appointed 2017)  
       --Co-Chair of the International M & A/Joint Venture Committee (2014-2017)  
      
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member


  • Combined Campaign for Justice, New Castle County Chair (2015-2017) 


  • Delaware Lawyer, Member of the Board of Editors (2015-present)


  • Delaware State Bar Association, Section of International Law, former Chair


  • Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Board of Directors, (2013-present) 
       --Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee (2015-2017)


  • Delaware Theatre Company, Board Member, (2009-2012)


  • New York City Bar, Member


  • Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court, Master (2011-present)


  • Tulane Corporate Law Institute, Planning Committee (appointed 2017)