Norman M. Powell

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Mr. Powell concentrates his practice on the structure and use of Delaware entities, and frequently provides third party legal opinions concerning Delaware entities, security interests, and other applicable Delaware law.

Mr. Powell speaks at conferences and seminars for the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, the Delaware Secretary of State, various state bar associations and trade groups, financial institutions, and law firms. His work regularly appears in law journals and other periodicals including The Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal, The Business Lawyer, The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, and The Practical Lawyer. Mr. Powell is a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, and an elected Member of both the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation. He serves on the Editorial Boards of both The American Law Institute’s The Practical Lawyer and Thomson Reuters/West’s Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal. Mr. Powell is active in the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, serving as its Content Officer (2017-2021) and having served as a member of its governing Council (2015-2017) and as Chair of its Uniform Commercial Code Committee (2012-2015). He is an American Bar Association Advisor to both the Uniform Law Commission’s Committee on Series of Unincorporated Business Entities and its Permanent Editorial Board on the UCC. Mr. Powell is an adjunct professor at the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, where he teaches Secured Transactions.


  • American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, Fellow; Vice President (2017 - 2018) 
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Law Institute, Elected Member 
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A: Alternative Entities, 2006-Present 

Memberships and Affiliations

American Bar Association

  Section of Business Law (1990 - present)

     Commercial Finance Committee (2000 - present)
          • Vice Chair, Subcommittee for Planning and Communications (2007 - 2010)
          • Liaison to Committee on Membership (2007 - 2010)
          • Aircraft Finance Subcommittee (2000 - present)
          • Task Force on Filing Office Operations & Search Logic (2007 - present)

     Council (2015 - 2017)
          • Content Strategy Committee
          • Leadership Development Committee

     Legal Opinions Committee (2000 - present)

     Uniform Commercial Code Committee (2000 - present)
          • Chair (2012 - 2015)
          • Vice Chair (2009 - 2012) 
          • Task Force on Forms under Revised Article 9 (2005 - present)

   Real Property, Probate and Trust Section (1990 - present)

Delaware State Bar Association

     Commercial Law Section (1990 - present) 
        • Member, Subcommittee on Revision of the Uniform Commercial Code (1994 - present)

     Real and Personal Property Section (1990 - present) 
        • Chairman (1996 - 1998) 
        • Vice-Chairman (1994 - 1996) 
        • Chairman, Subcommittee on Legislation (1994 - 1996) 
        • Chairman, Subcommittee on Revision of the Landlord Tenant Code (1991 - 1992) 
        • Chairman, Subcommittee on Unrecorded Leases (1991 - 1992)

Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys  (2006 - present)

American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education, Editorial Board of The Practical Lawyer (2012 - present)

American Law Institute’s Commercial Law/Uniform Commercial Code/Bankruptcy Advisory Panel (2012 - present)

American Law Institute’s Advisory Group on UCC and Holder in Due Course Policy (2014 - present)

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law – Adjunct Professor (2014 - present)

Uniform Law Commission
        • Committee on Series of Unincorporated Business Entities (ABA Advisor, 2012 - 2017) 
        • Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code (ABA Advisor, 2013 - present)
        • Drafting Committee – Amendments to UCC Articles 1, 3, 8, and 9 (2016-present)

Working Group on Legal Opinions Foundation – Advisory Board Member (2017-2019)