P. Clarkson Collins, Jr.
Firm: Morris James LLP
Address: 500 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1500
Wilmington, DE 19801
University: University of Virginia, B.A., 1971, Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1975
Admitted: 1976, Delaware; United States District Court, District of Delaware; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
Biography: P. Clarkson Collins, Jr. is a former Managing Partner of Morris James, with more than 35 years of litigation experience in complex corporate, commercial, and fiduciary matters in both jury and non-jury trials. Clark represents corporations, directors and officers, and alternative entities and their managers and members in class, derivative, and individual actions involving governance, breach of fiduciary duty, appraisal, dissolution, summary proceedings, and claims for indemnification and advancement. He also represents clients in a wide variety of business tort, trust, fiduciary, and contract actions, including trade secret, unfair competition, lender liability, joint venture disputes, and professional liability claims. Experience • Defense of telecommunications company at trial defeating challenge to its consummation of an industry merger • Representation of global chemical manufacturing company to remedy misappropriation of its industry leading proprietary trade secret technology • Defense of directors of petroleum company in shareholder class action trial challenging entire fairness of merger and successful appeal upholding defense judgment • Defense of officer of global insurer in shareholder derivative action claiming breach of fiduciary duty • Representation of chemical manufacturing company in joint venture dispute, successfully enforcing contract and fiduciary claims against co-venturer • Representation of biotechnology company in expedited suit to enjoin interference with contractual licensing rights • Defense of telecommunication equipment manufacturer in contract action seeking royalties claimed under IP settlement agreement • Defense of bank against lender liability claims at trial and successful appeal upholding verdict • Representation of software technology company at trial and successful appeal upholding damages judgment and rejecting fraud defense • Defense of university against breach of trust in connection with management of an endowed research institute and successful appeal upholding dismissal • Representation of hedge funds owner in litigation against co-owner for breaches of fiduciary duty and winding up the funds Professional Affiliations Delaware State Bar Association, Executive Council of the Corporation Law and the Corporate Counsel Sections Delaware State Bar Association, Professional Ethics Committee, Co-Chair, 1991-95 Delaware State Bar Association, Judicial Appointments Committee, 2004-Present Delaware Supreme Court Committee to Revise Principles of Professionalism for Delaware Lawyers and to Develop Code of Professionalism for Judges, Co-Chair by Court Appointment, 2003 Delaware Board of Bar Examiners, Assistant Secretary, 1987-1988, Secretary, 1989-90, 2002-2007 Delaware Judicial Nominating Commission, 2004-2009 American Bar Association, Business Law, Business Litigation and Litigation Sections The Office of the Child Advocate, Guardian ad litem on behalf of abused and neglected children Appointed Guardian ad litem for Kelly Stevens by Delaware Supreme Court, In re Stevens, Del. Supr. 669 A.2d 33, 1995 Community Affiliations Children & Families First Delaware, Former President and Chair (1992 - 1994), Board of Directors, (1980 - Present) Westminster Presbyterian Church, Elder, Trustee United States Army Reserve, Field Artillery Captain (1972 - 1980) News & Events News & Media Mentions Sixteen Morris James Lawyers Recognized in Delaware Today's "Top Lawyers 2015" October 26, 2015 Benchmark Litigation Again Recognizes 7 Morris James Partners October 20, 2015 Benchmark Litigation 2016 Best Lawyers® 2016 Recognizes 21 Morris James Attorneys August 18, 2015 Fourteen Morris James Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2015 May 19, 2015 Delaware Super Lawyers® 2015 Recognizes 8 Morris James Attorneys May 15, 2015 Delaware Super Lawyers® 2014 Business Edition Names Six Morris James Partners December 30, 2014 Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Seven Morris James Attorneys as Top Litigators in Delaware December 18, 2014 Morris James Leads Delaware Today "Top Lawyers" Edition with 25 Recognitions October 21, 2014 Morris James Receives Top Legal Rankings in Chambers USA 2014 May 23, 2014 Delaware Super Lawyers® 2014 Recognizes 12 Morris James' Attorneys January 23, 2014 Delaware Super Lawyers® 20 Attorneys in 23 Practices Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2014 August 15, 2013 Best Lawyers® 2014 Benchmark Litigation Names 7 Partners Among Top Litigators in Delaware July 11, 2013 Clark Collins Receives Highest Honor from DuPont June 11, 2013 Chambers USA Names 13 Morris James Attorneys in Their 2013 Guide to Leading Business Lawyers May 29, 2013 Chambers USA Delaware Super Lawyers® 2013 Recognizes 12 Morris James' Attorneys January 9, 2013 Delaware Super Lawyers® Delaware Super Lawyers® Magazine Has Recognized 7 Morris James' Attorneys As Top Legal Counsel In Delaware December 11, 2012 20 Morris James Attorneys in 23 Practices Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers® 2013 August 30, 2012 Benchmark Litigation 2013 Names 7 Morris James Partners Among Top Delaware Litigators July 13, 2012 Chambers USA Names 14 Morris James Attorneys in Their 2012 Guide to Leading Business Lawyers June 4, 2012 Delaware Super Lawyers® Recognizes 11 Morris James Attorneys as Top Legal Counsel in Delaware May 18, 2012 17 Morris James Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers® 2012 in 20 Practice Areas August 31, 2011 Benchmark Litigation 2012 Names 5 Morris James Partners Among Top "Local Litigation Stars" June 16, 2011 Delaware Super Lawyers® Names 8 Morris James Partners As Top Legal Counsel in Delaware May 31, 2011 17 Morris James Attorneys Selected by Best Lawyers® 2011 August 4, 2010 Benchmark Litigation 2011 Names 5 Morris James Partners Among Top "Local Litigation Stars" August 3, 2010 Delaware Super Lawyers® Names 7 Morris James Partners as Top Legal Counsel in Delaware June 27, 2010 Chambers USA Names 10 Morris James Partners In Their 2010 Guide to Leading Business Lawyers June 16, 2010 Three Morris James Partners Named as National Finalists to the Lawdragon 500 List April 1, 2010 Best Lawyers® Names 15 Morris James Attorneys and Ranks the Firm #1 in Delaware for Education Law and Elder Law October 12, 2009 Benchmark Litigation 2010 Names Morris James Partners Among Top Litigation Practitioners August 17, 2009 Delaware Super Lawyers® Magazine Has Named 7 Morris James Partners As Top Legal Counsel In Delaware June 17, 2009 Chambers USA 2009 Recognizes 8 Morris James Attorneys and 4 Practice Groups June 10, 2009 13 Morris James Partners Named in Best Lawyers® 2009 October 23, 2008 Morris James Partners Recognized in Delaware Super Lawyers® Corporate Counsel Edition January 14, 2008 Eleven Morris James Partners Nominated in Best Lawyers® 2008 December 4, 2007 Six Morris James Attorneys Nominated to Delaware Super Lawyers® June 1, 2007 Six Morris James Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers® October 21, 2005 Publications Articles & Publications Business Judgment Standard for Disinterested-Stockholder Approval October 14, 2015 Delaware Business Court Insider Non-Appearing Appraisal Claimants' Right to Settle Claims Affirmed August 26, 2015 Chancery Court Upholds Indicted Ex-Director's Advancement Rights July 8, 2015 Delaware Business Court Isider Proxy Puts: Consider With Caution June 3, 2015 Delaware Business Court Insider The Narrow Contours of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith April 8, 2015 Delaware Business Court Insider Choice-of-Law Agreements and Public Policy Enforceability Exception February 11, 2015 Delaware Business Court Insider Latest Blog Posts Delaware Business Litigation Report The Court of Chancery Reaffirms the Vitality of Claims Asserting Insider Trading as a Breach of the Fiduciary Duty of Loyalty Videos & Podcasts Webcast: A Roadmap to the Delaware Arbitration Act June 25, 2015 Blog(s) Delaware Business Litigation Report Honors Delaware Today® "Top Lawyers," 2014 Chambers USA - Recognized for work in the Delaware Court of Chancery, 2006-2015 Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Firms and Attorneys, Litigation Star, 2010-2014 Best Lawyers®, 2005-2012, 2014-2016 Delaware Super Lawyers®, 2007-2015 Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating Dickinson Law Review, Board of Editors, 1974-75