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May 19, 2011 6:02 PM

Wilson Sonsini Hires Chancery Court Chancellor for Delaware Office

Posted by Brian Baxter

Less than a month after Delaware Chancery Court chancellor William Chandler III announced he would retire after 26 years, the chief judge revealed on Thursday that he will join Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as a partner on June 18.

The 60-year-old Chandler, known for dipping into pop culture to color some of his opinions, will open an office in Wilmington for the Silicon Valley stalwart. The Yale Law School graduate and former associate at Delaware firm Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell has served on the Chancery Court since 1989.

Chandler spoke with sibling publication The Am Law Litigation Daily on Thursday about his decision to join Wilson Sonsini. Some of his predecessors on the Chancery Court have gone on to find homes at Am Law 100 firms.

Former chancellor William Allen joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz after leaving the bench in 1997 and is now of counsel at the firm as well as a professor at New York University School of Law. Another former chancellor, William Quillen, is currently of counsel at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Wilmington after joining the firm in May 2003.

And in July 2009, former vice-chancellor Stephen Lamb stepped down from the court to start an office in Wilmington for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Lamb frequently splits his time between Delaware and New York.

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