Biography

The ability to persuade is arguably a litigator’s most important asset. For Elena Norman, it is also a measure of success. The desire and ability to persuade drives Elena’s approach to advocacy — her oral presentations, her writing, her editing, her work as an expert witness on Delaware law, her work with testifying experts, and especially her frequent appearances before the Delaware Court of Chancery. Clients and co-counsel understand that Elena’s persuasiveness stems from her creativity, her deep understanding of Delaware corporate law, her deep immersion into the facts of a case, and from her sharp command of the law and facts in briefs and in the courtroom.

Having lived and worked in other cultures — as a commercial lawyer in Japan, a human rights lawyer in Russia, and a student in England — Elena brings a wide range of perspectives to her practice. Clients and co-counsel credit her unusually broad background with honing her abilities as a strategic thinker, a clear communicator, a team leader, and an astute reader of the courts and adversaries she seeks to persuade.

FOCUS:

  • Litigating corporate and complex business disputes, primarily in the Delaware Court of Chancery, including:
    • derivative claims
    • contests for corporate control
    • M&A
    • governance
    • complex contracts
    • alternative entities
    • books and records demands
    • statutory appraisal/valuation disputes.
  • Counseling boards of directors and senior management on Delaware corporate law.
  • Litigating patent and securities cases in the US District Court
  • Litigating commercial cases in the US Bankruptcy Court and the Complex Commercial Litigation Division of the Delaware Superior Court.

Education

  • Stanford Law School  (J.D.)
    • Stanford Law Review, Articles Editor
  • University of London  (M.A.)
    • with Distinction, Legal and Political Theory
  • University of Pennsylvania  (B.A., magna cum laude)
    • with Distinction in major, English

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

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)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Corporation Law Council, Delaware State Bar Association
    Member (appointed July 2017)
    (Responsible for formulating and recommending to the Delaware Assembly amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law, after approval by the Delaware State Bar Association)
  • 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
  • Co-Chair, 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)

Clerkships

  • Chief Judge, Honorable Henry A. Politz, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit