Marla Hirshman Norton
Firm: Bayard, P.A.
Address: 222 Delaware Avenue, Suite 900
Wilmington, DE 19801
Membership: MembershipsAmerican Bar AssociationDelaware State Bar AssociationNational Association of Women Business Owners - Delaware ChapterNew Castle County Chamber Business Development Advisory CouncilThe Forum of Executive Women
University: University of Delaware, B.A., 1984, George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1987
Admitted: 1987, Delaware; 1990, District of Columbia; 1989, United States District Court for the District of Delaware
Biography: Marla H. Norton is a director at Bayard. She concentrates her practice on business entity law (corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and statutory trusts), business law and third party legal opinions. Marla has approximately twenty-seven (27) years of experience in corporate and commercial transactions, including securitization transactions, corporate and alternative entity formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiation and drafting, and secured lending.Marla participates in the American Bar Association Business Law Section LLC, Partnership and Unincorporated Entities Committee, the Legal Opinions Committee and of the Middle Market and Small Business Committee, and the Forum on Franchising. She chairs the ABA Subcommittee on Business Trusts and the drafting taskforce, and serves on the editorial board for the ABA Model Shareholders Agreement. She was an ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission (formerly NCCUSL) Series Study Committee in 2012 and is now an ABA Advisor to the Series Drafting Committee. As a member of the Commercial Law and Corporation Law Sections of the Delaware State Bar Association, Marla is active on the Delaware State Bar Association’s Partnership and LLC Committee and the Statutory Trust Committee.Marla serves on the Legislative Committee of the Delaware Captive Insurance Association. She is a member of the Delaware chapters of the Forum of Executive Woman and the National Association of Women Business Owners (“NAWBO DE”) and served on the NAWBO DE Board from 2001 through 2008. Marla presently serves as Secretary and Board Member of The Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, a noncollecting art museum in Wilmington, Delaware, and as past President of Temple Beth El in Newark, Delaware.Marla has been named a leading lawyer by Chambers USA earning a band 3 ranking in “Corporate/M&A ” in 2008 and in “Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities” from 2009 - 2014. She received a band 2 ranking in “Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities” for 2015. Marla was also named as a Delaware Super Lawyer for 2007 in the field of business/corporate law in the June 2007 issue of Philadelphia magazine and was named as a “Top Lawyer” in 2001 in the area of corporate law based on a survey of the Delaware State Bar Association published by Delaware Today magazine.Marla frequently lectures on topics including choice of business entity and buying and selling businesses. She offers a vast array of business and financial transactional experience and knowledge to her clients and the firm. Articles•“Liquidation Trusts, ” Lawyer Monthly, March 2014 •“Lands of Opportunity - Why Cayman and Delaware Entities Rule in Structured Finance, ” International Securitization & Finance Report, Vol. 9, No 18 (October 15, 2006)