Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., with Distinction, 2001
- Hofstra Law Review, Articles Editor
- Hofstra Honors Scholarship Recipient
Pace University, B.B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 1998
- Trustee's Award Recipient (Valedictorian)
- Alpha Chi National H.Y. Benedict Graduate Fellowship Recipient
Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP, Partner 2010-2011, Associate 2008-2009
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Associate 2002-2007
Delaware Court of Chancery, Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Vice Chancellor John W. Noble, 2001-2002
New York, 2002
New Jersey, 2001
Bradley R. Aronstam
Brad specializes in Delaware corporate law and represents clients in a variety of areas, including corporate and commercial litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery where he began his legal career as a judicial law clerk. In addition to his litigation practice, Brad frequently advises directors and special committees on internal investigations, corporate governance, and transactional issues.
Chambers USA has named Brad as a leading Court of Chancery practitioner each of the last five years. Most recently, Chambers USA 2016 recognized Brad “for his expertise in the corporate litigation space, handling a range of matters including M&A litigation and breach of fiduciary duty disputes.” Chambers has also acknowledged Brad as "attract[ing] praise from observers as a ‘diligent and smart’ attorney" both as a litigator and in connection with his “frequent” work for “directors and special committees.” In addition to Chambers, Brad is currently recognized in The Legal 500 US for his M&A litigation work and by Delaware Super Lawyers.
Brad has represented clients in many of Delaware’s marquee corporate cases in recent years, including In re Zale Corporation Stockholders Litigation; In re Kinder Morgan, Inc. Corporate Reorganization; In re El Paso Shareholders Litigation; and In re CNX Gas Corp. Shareholders Litigation. Most recently, Brad was a member of the trial team that successfully defeated Merion Capital’s appraisal claim for approximately $90 million of additional merger consideration in connection with Fidelity National Financial’s $4.2 billion acquisition of Lender Processing Services. The Court of Chancery’s 74-page post-trial decision in December rejecting Merion’s claim in full is summarized in more detail below.
Brad has additionally advised directors or special committees of American International Group, Ascent Capital Group, Capital One Financial, Google and MoneyGram International, among other companies. Brad is currently serving as lead counsel to the Special Litigation Committee of the Board of The Providence Service Corporation. In that capacity, Brad led the Committee's eight-month investigation of claims arising from a related party transaction between Providence and its largest stockholder, including claims against Providence’s directors, officers, and advisors.
Brad frequently speaks and writes on Delaware corporate law issues. In August, Brad was a panelist on PLI's Delaware Law Developments 2016: What All Business Lawyers Need to Know seminar in New York. He has also spoken on Delaware law and M&A panels sponsored by the Corporate Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association and the Business Law Section of the ABA. As listed below, Brad has additionally published articles in, among other publications, The Business Lawyer; Deal Points; The Delaware Law Review; Insights and The M&A Lawyer. A number of these articles have been cited in decisions by the Court of Chancery and other courts.
Brad also served as Co-Vice Chair of the ABA Task Force that delivered a report to Congress and the SEC on the delineation of governance roles and responsibilities of stockholders and directors in light of the then unraveling 2008 financial crisis.
Following his clerkship, Brad practiced for five years at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in the firm's Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Group in New York before returning to Delaware and becoming a founding partner of the firm.
- Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Recognized Delaware Court of Chancery Practitioner (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Articles and Memos
- Singh v. Attenborough: Delaware Supreme Court Deals Another Blow to Stockholder Plaintiffs in M&A LitigationAugust 2016The M&A Lawyer
- 19 M&A Law. 1 (Mar. 2015)
- Deal Points (Aug. 2013)
- Caveat Emptor: Contractual Indemnification Provisions in Acquisition Agreements and Resulting Acquirer Risk for Unknown Actions of Target Fiduciaries17 M&A Law. 1 (Apr. 2013)
- Insights (May 2012)
- Retracing Delaware’s Corporate Roots Through Recent Decisions: Corporate Foundations Remain Stable While Judicial Standards Of Review Continue To Evolve12 Del. L. Rev. 1 (2010)
- 23 Insights: The Corporate and Securities Law Advisor 10 (2009)
- Report of the Task Force of the ABA Section of Business Law Corporate Governance Committee on Delineation of Governance Roles & Responsibilities65 Bus. Law. 107 (2009)
- Canadian Institute’s Seventh Annual Advanced Forum on Securities Litigation (Nov. 2007)
- New Wave of M&A Litigation Attacks Private Equity Deals: Different Players But Guiding Legal Principles Remain the Same (with Joseph S. Allerhand)New York Law Journal (Jul. 9, 2007)
- Revisiting Delaware’s Going Private Dilemma Post–Pure Resources (with R. Franklin Balotti & Timo Rehbock)59 Bus. Law. 1459 (2004)
- Delaware’s Going Private Dilemma: Fostering Protections for Minority Shareholders in the Wake of Siliconix and Unocal Exploration (with R. Franklin Balotti & Timo Rehbock)58 Bus. Law. 519 (2003)
- The Interplay of Blasius and Unocal–A Compelling Problem Justifying the Call for Substantial Change81 Or. L. Rev. 429 (2002)
- The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995’s Paradigm of Ambiguity: A Circuit Split Ripe for Certiorari28 Hofstra L. Rev. 1061 (2000)
News & Speaking Engagements
- June 14, 2016
- May 27, 2016
- June 1, 2015
- May 24, 2015
- March 2, 2015
- March 1, 2015
- September 2014
- Brad Aronstam and Eric Selden present on recent developments in Delaware law concerning corporate transactions at the Business Law Institute of the North Carolina Bar AssociationFebruary 21, 2014
- Brad Aronstam Publishes Article in The M&A Lawyer Regarding Buy-Side Risk Arising from Contractual Indemnification Undertakings in Acquisition AgreementsAugust 2013
- Brad Aronstam and Mike Sirkin Publish Article in Deal Points Entitled "Managing M&A Deals with Underlying Derivative Claims"April 2013
- June 2012
- Brad Aronstam and Michael Sirkin Publish Article in Insights Assessing Post-Closing M&A Litigation RiskMay 2012
- Brad Aronstam and David Ross Publish Article in Delaware Law Review Retracing Delaware's Corporate RootsDecember 2010
- August 1, 2009
- April 18, 2009