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Personal Attacks on Delaware Chancellor Andre Bouchard by a Sore Loser

Here is a letter I signed that was submitted today (Oct. 8, 2019) on behalf of 19 corporate law professors and 47 corporate lawyers from Delaware and throughout the United States in response to the personal character assassination of Delaware Chancellor Andre Bouchard by a group called "Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware” organized by the losing party in the TransPerfect Global case (In re Shawe & Elting LLC, 2015 WL 4874733, which decision was upheld by the Delaware Supreme Court)


As individuals who have decades of experience practicing or teaching Delaware corporate law, we have long recognized that the Delaware Court of Chancery is an invaluable and indispensable contributor to the national and even international renown that Delaware’s judicial system has earned. To achieve and sustain that reputation for fairness and excellence, the individuals who serve as judges on the Court of Chancery and Delaware’s other courts make extraordinary personal and financial sacrifices to engage in that public service.


It is therefore dismaying that a vindictive litigant in the Court of Chancery, unhappy with a factually supported and legally well-reasoned decision of the Court, has chosen to engage in a spiteful personal vendetta against the judge who made that decision. That is precisely what has happened to Chancellor Andre Bouchard, who continues to be the target of baseless public attacks by a group calling itself “Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware” – whose membership and financial support, despite the group’s claimed solicitude for transparency, remain undisclosed, although it seems apparent that the moving force behind the organization is TransPerfect and its owner Philip Shawe.


In our experience, the Delaware Court of Chancery, and Chancellor Bouchard in particular, have been models of integrity and fairness. The “Citizens” group’s effort to depict Chancellor Bouchard and the Court as “corrupt” and out of touch is grossly unfair and is an evident product of personal animus rather than the group’s professed concern for fairness and justice.


We therefore call on the “Citizens” group to cease its baseless public attacks on Chancellor Bouchard and to refrain from further disparagement so that the Court of Chancery can continue to promote the values of integrity and public service that its judicial officers have so consistently exhibited.


[contact person: Prof. Lawrence A. Hamermesh, lhamerme@law.upenn.edu]

Prof. Afra Afsharipour, UC Davis School of Law

Prof. Lucian A. Bebchuk, Harvard Law School

Prof. John C. Coffee, Jr., Columbia Law School

Prof. Jill E. Fisch, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Prof. Sean J. Griffith, Fordham University School of Law

Prof. Joseph A. Grundfest, Stanford Law School

Prof. Lawrence A. Hamermesh, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Prof. Henry Hu, University of Texas School of Law

Prof. Jonathan Lipson, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Prof. Ann M. Lipton, Tulane University Law School

Prof. Robert T. Miller, University of Iowa College of Law

Prof. Frank Partnoy, University of California Berkeley Law School

Prof. Elizabeth Pollman, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Prof. Paul L. Regan, Widener University Delaware Law School

Prof. Hillary Sale, Georgetown University Law Center

Prof. Randall S. Thomas, Vanderbilt University Law School

Prof. Robert B. Thompson, Georgetown University Law Center

Prof. Urska Velikonja, Georgetown University Law Center

Prof. J.W. Verret, George Mason University School of Law


Corinne E. Amato, Prickett Jones & Elliott, P.A., Wilmington, Delaware Michael J. Barry, Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A., Wilmington, Delaware

Andrew R. Brownstein, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York, New York

Douglas K. Chia, Soundboard Governance, Princeton, New Jersey

William H. Clark, Jr., Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nathan A. Cook, Grant & Eisenhofer P.A., Wilmington, Delaware

Karl John Ege, Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle, Washington

Jay W. Eisenhofer, Grant & Eisenhofer P.A., Wilmington, Delaware

Adam O. Emmerich, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York, New York

Andrea M. Farley, Troutman Sanders LLP, Atlanta, Georgia

Paul A. Fioravanti, Jr., Prickett Jones & Elliott, P.A., Wilmington, Delaware

Henry E. Gallagher, Jr., Connolly Gallagher LLP, Wilmington, Delaware

Ellisa Opstbaum Habbart, The Delaware Counsel Group LLC, Wilmington, Delaware

James J. Hanks, Jr., Venable LLP, Baltimore, Maryland

Richard D. Heins, Ashby & Geddes P.A., Wilmington, Delaware

Kurt M. Heyman, Heyman, Enerio, Gattuso & Hirzel, LLP, Wilmington, Delaware

Keith F. Higgins, Ropes & Gray LLP, Boston, Massachusetts

Samuel T. Hirzel, Heyman, Enerio, Gattuso & Hirzel, LLP, Wilmington, Delaware

James D. Honaker, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, LLP, Wilmington, Delaware

David A. Jenkins, Smith, Katzenstein & Jenkins LLP, Wilmington, Delaware

Andrew M. Johnston, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, LLP, Wilmington, Delaware

William D. Johnston, Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, Delaware

Stanley Keller, Locke Lord LLP, Boston, Massachusetts

Igor Kirman, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York, New York

William M. Lafferty, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, Delaware

John H. Lawrence, Jr., Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford, Connecticut

Simon M. Lorne, Millennium Management LLC, New York, New York

Christine M. Mackintosh, Grant & Eisenhofer P.A., Wilmington, Delaware

David B.H. Martin, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, D.C.

David C. McBride, Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor LLP, Wilmington, Delaware

Ryan A. McLeod, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York, New York

Jim Melville, Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, P.A., Minneapolis, Minnesota

Theodore N. Mirvis, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York, New York

Robert Mundheim, Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York, New York

Norman M. Monhait, Rosenthal, Monhait & Goddess, P.A., Wilmington, Delaware

Kenneth J. Nachbar, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, Delaware

Elena C. Norman, Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor LLP, Wilmington, Delaware

Trevor S. Norwitz, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York, New York

John F. Olson, (retired partner), Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington, D.C.

Thomas E. Rutledge, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC ,Louisville, Kentucky

William D. Savitt, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York, New York

David M. Silk, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York, New York

Laurie A. Smiley, Alta Advisers Ltd., London, England

A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, Delaware (of counsel)

E. Norman Veasey, Gordon, Fournaris & Mammarella, P.A., Wilmington, Delaware

Patricia O. Vella, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, Delaware

R, Daniel Witschey, Jr., Bracewell LLP, Houston, Texas

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