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Bringing the Delaware Advantage to Alternative Dispute Resolution: An Overview of the New Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act


Speaker(s): Elena C. Norman, Gregory P. Williams, James M. Yoch, Jr.
Recorded on: Jan. 20, 2016
PLI Program #: 171080

Gregory Williams is a director in the Corporate Department of Richards, Layton & Finger, Delaware’s largest law firm.  Widely recognized as one of the state's top corporate litigators, Greg represents corporations and their directors and officers, advising them and representing them in courts in Delaware and across the country.

Past president of Richards, Layton & Finger and past chair of the firm’s Corporate Department, Greg serves as chair of the Delaware Supreme Court Litigation Rules Committee.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is top-ranked in every distinguished legal directory.  In 2018, Greg was named a Lawdragon Legend, signifying ten consecutive years of inclusion in the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

Greg received a B.A.A.S., cum laude, from the University of Delaware, and a J.D. from the College of William & Mary School of Law, where he served on the William and Mary Law Review.


Mr. Yoch practices primarily in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware with a focus on corporate litigation. Mr. Yoch has worked on matters involving corporate governance, valuation and appraisal, mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests, indemnification and advancement, and stockholder requests for access to books and records. He also has experience in litigation involving expedited injunctive relief, trade secrets, intellectual property, and complex contractual disputes in the Court of Chancery.

During law school, Mr. Yoch served as Lead Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Commerce and as a senior editor of JURIST. Mr. Yoch worked as a teaching assistant in the Legal Analysis and Writing program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Mr. Yoch also completed externships for the Honorable Joy Flowers Conti of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Honorable John T. J. Kelly, Jr., of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Distinctions

  • Order of the Coif
  • W. Edward Sell Award

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Member
  • Richard S. Rodney American Inn of Court, Associate

Related Information

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Related Services

  • Corporate Counseling and Litigation

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Saint Joseph’s University, B.A., magna cum laude, English

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania

Clerkships

  • Honorable Donald F. Parsons, Jr., Vice Chancellor, Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

Prior Employment

Prior to law school, Mr. Yoch worked as a consultant at a Fortune 500 information technology services company, where he helped implement global content and knowledge management systems.


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)