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PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate and Alternate Entity Litigation;
Commercial Litigation;
Securities Litigation;
Corporate Law;
Bankruptcy

EDUCATION
Harvard Law School,
J.D. (cum laude),
1975

Lehigh University,
B.A. (highest honors),
1970

BAR ADMISSIONS
Delaware

        2013, 2014, 2015




Norman Monhait

Director

919 N. Market Street, Suite 1401
Wilmington, DE 19801
T 302.656.4433
F 302.658.7567
nmonhait@rmgglaw.com

Norman has been litigating cases in the Delaware Court of Chancery and other Delaware courts since 1979.  His practice has principally focused on representing investors in Delaware business entities in class and derivative actions, and has also included a full range of corporate and commercial matters including:  cases arising from mergers and asset sales; claims of self-dealing or corporate improprieties by management and directors; claims based on corporate charters, by laws, and stock rights; claims arising from limited partnership and limited liability company agreements; appraisal actions; investors’ efforts to obtain information about management decisions; litigating a fee claim on behalf of an investment bank; and contract disputes.   More recently, he has brought this business litigation experience to the representation of creditor interests in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Recent professional matters include representation of: an investment bank in a litigated fee dispute; limited partnership investors in an arbitration against a former general partner; Bankruptcy Court appointed trustees in litigations against former principals of debtors; an indenture trustee in a bankruptcy proceeding; a former corporate director charged with fiduciary violations; and LLC members in disputes with other members or managers.

Before coming to Delaware, Norman established a foundation of trial experience as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia engaged in the prosecution of criminal trials and civil and criminal appeals.

In the 1980’s Norman chaired the Delaware State Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee. The Delaware Supreme Court appointed him as the first chairperson of the Commission the Court established to implement mandatory continuing legal education. From 2010-2012, Norman served as Vice-Chair, and from 2012-2015 he served as Chair, of the Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association; the Council is the Bar group responsible for ongoing review of Delaware’s business entity laws and recommending amendments to Delaware’s legislature.

    Activities and Affiliations:
     

    • Immediate Past Chair of the Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association

    • Continuing legal education as a frequent panelist at seminars in Delaware and New York

    • Served on the governing boards of the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware, and Wilmington Friends School, an independent Quaker kindergarten to twelfth grade institution (where he was a Trustee for nineteen years, including twelve as Treasurer), the Kutz Home, a residential skilled nursing facility, and the Wilmington Jewish Community Center

    • Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review

    Publications:
     

    • Norman M. Monhait, Federal Declaratory Relief From Unconstitutional State Statutes
      Implications of Steffel v. Thompson
      , 9 Harv. Civ. R. Civ. Lib. L. Rev. 520 (1974).

    • Frederick H. Alexander, Lawrence A. Hamermesh, Frank R. Martin and Norman M.
      Monhait, M&A Under Delaware’s Public Benefit Corporation Statute: A Hypothetical
      Tour
      , 4 Harv. Bus. L. Rev. 255 (2014).

    • Lawrence A. Hamermesh and Norman M. Monhait, A Delaware Response To
      Delaware’s Choice
      , 39 Del. J. Corp. L. 71 (2014).

    • Lawrence A. Hamermesh and Norman M. Monhait, Fee Shifting Bylaws: A Study In
      Federalism
      , ___ Bank & Corp. Gov. L. Reptr. __ (2015).

Norman is a graduate of Lehigh University (B.A. with highest honors, 1970) and of the Harvard Law School (J.D. cum laude, 1975).   Prior to law school, Norman served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Naval Reserve. After law school, Norman was a law clerk to the Honorable Max Rosenn, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, who was a wonderful mentor and lifelong friend, and whose memory continues to inspire Norman to the highest standards of professional practice and integrity.

 

 

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