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
Bradley R. Aronstam specializes in Delaware corporate law and represents clients in a variety of areas, including corporate and commercial litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery, corporate counseling, and mergers and acquisitions.
Brad began his legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Vice Chancellor John W. Noble of the Delaware Court of Chancery. 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.
Chambers USA has repeatedly named Brad as a recognized practitioner in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Most recently, Chambers USA 2014 described Brad as a “’terrific’” lawyer who's "star continues to rise in the Chancery arena." Chambers has also acknowledged Brad as "attract[ing] praise from observers as a ‘diligent and smart’ attorney with a strong focus in corporate law” and a “‘very impressive’ younger lawyer.”
Current deal litigation in the Court of Chancery includes representing Kinder Morgan in litigation challenging Kinder Morgan’s $70 billion consolidation; DIRECTV and its directors in litigation challenging AT&T’s $48 billion acquisition of DIRECTV; Dai-ichi Life in litigation challenging Dai-ichi’s $5.5 billion acquisition of Protective Life; and Signet Jewelers in litigation challenging Signet’s 1.4 billion acquisition of Zale as well as Zale in defending a consolidated appraisal action brought by former Zale stockholders.
Other recent matters include representing Golden Gate/Eddie Bauer in takeover litigation between The Men’s Wearhouse and Joseph A. Bank; the special committee of McMoRan Exploration in litigation challenging McMoRan Copper & Gold’s $2.1 billion acquisition of McMoRan Exploration; Leucadia National and its co-founders in litigation challenging Leucadia $2.6 billion acquisition of Jefferies Group; and Kinder Morgan in litigation challenging Kinder Morgan’s more than $35 billion acquisition of El Paso.
Brad also recently represented Complete Genomics and its directors in opposing efforts to enjoin Complete Genomics' sale to BGI-Shenzhen and a subsequent contested fee application, as well as limited partners in an action to remove the general partner of DV Urban Realty Partners and the successful defense of the Court's post-trial removal decision on appeal before the Delaware Supreme Court.
In addition to his litigation practice, Brad frequently advises directors and special committees on issues of Delaware corporate law, pre-suit litigation demands, and transactional and corporate governance issues.
He also regularly speaks and writes on developments in Delaware corporate law. In September, Brad presented on M&A developments at the annual meeting of the ABA’s Business Law Section in Chicago. He also regularly writes on developments in Delaware corporate law. Recent publications include Managing M&A Deals with Underlying Derivative Claims (Deal Points 2013); Caveat Emptor: Contractual Indemnification Provisions in Acquisition Agreements and Resulting Acquirer Risk for Unknown Actions of Target Fiduciaries (M&A Lawyer 2013); and Post-Closing Litigation Risk in M&A Actions (Insights 2012). Brad also served as Co-Vice Chair of the ABA Task Force that delivered a report on the delineation of governance roles and responsibilities of stockholders and directors in light of the then unraveling financial crisis to Congress and SEC in August, 2009. The Task Force’s final report was published in the November 2009 issue of the Business Lawyer.
Brad is admitted to the bars of Delaware, New York and New Jersey. He is a member of the Rodney Inns of Court in Delaware, the Delaware Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
- Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Recognized Delaware Court of Chancery Practitioner (2012, 2013, 2014)
Articles and Memos
- 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 (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
- September 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