Allen M. Terrell, Jr.

Director

302.651.7732
302.498.7732 (fax)
terrell@rlf.com
Allen Terrell has had an active corporate and trial practice for over 40 years. He has represented a broad range of national and international clients, both counseling them on issues involving the Delaware General Corporation Law and litigating business and corporate disputes on their behalf in the Delaware state and federal courts. His clients have included the officers, directors, board committees, stockholders and investors of many of the Fortune 500 companies who have incorporated in Delaware. Allen has been frequently retained by special board committees investigating claims or matters involving Delaware law.
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  • Defense of numerous stockholder derivative and/or class actions involving the Delaware General Corporation Law and fiduciary duties
  • Mergers and acquisitions litigation: Oracle Corporation of PeopleSoft; CVS of Caremark [Express Scripts v. Crawford]; Roche Pharmaceutical of Ventana and of Genentech
  • Proxy fights and consent solicitation battles
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Allen Terrell has had an active corporate and trial practice for over 40 years. He has represented a broad range of national and international clients, both counseling them on issues involving the Delaware General Corporation Law, and litigating business and corporate disputes on their behalf in the Delaware state and federal courts. His clients have included the officers, directors, board committees, stockholders and investors of many of the Fortune 500 companies who have incorporated in Delaware. Allen has served as an expert witness on Delaware corporate law issues in courts outside of Delaware. He also has been retained by special board committees investigating claims or matters involving Delaware law.

Allen is past president of Richards, Layton & Finger and past chair of its Litigation Department. A frequent panelist and speaker at bar association and other legal organizations’ seminars, Allen has also taught trial and corporate law at two law schools. He has written numerous articles on a variety of corporate and litigation topics.

Experience

  • Defense of numerous stockholder derivative and/or class actions involving the Delaware General Corporation Law and fiduciary duties
  • Mergers and acquisitions litigation: Oracle Corporation of PeopleSoft; CVS of Caremark [Express Scripts v. Crawford]; Roche Pharmaceutical of Ventana and of Genentech
  • Proxy fights and consent solicitation battles
  • Appraisals:Transkaryotic Therapies,Inc/Shire Pharmaceuticals
  • Disputes among investors in ventures: Nama Holdings v. Related World Markets
  • Restructuring and recapitalization issues
  • Special committee representation in transactional litigation: In re Audiovox; Krasner v. Moffet
  • Accounting claims: Catamarian Acquisition v. Spherion; Trenwick America v. Ernst & Young
  • Close corporation and family corporation disputes
  • Indemnification: Zaman v. Amedo Holdings
  • Liquidations, dissolutions and appointment of custodians

Awards

  • American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow
  • Benchmark Litigation 
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Lawdragon
  • Super Lawyers

Leadership

  • American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Past President
  • United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Special Master
  • United States Law Firm Group, President
  • Leadership Delaware, Board Member

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1968
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1965

Admitted to Practice

  • New York, 1969
  • Delaware, 1970
  • United States District Court, District of Delaware, 1970
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1972
  • United States Supreme Court, 1976
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1993

Pro Bono Activities

  • Guardian ad litem litigation on behalf of two minors: Division of Family Services v. Pajewski

Experience

  • Defense of numerous stockholder derivative and/or class actions involving the Delaware General Corporation Law and fiduciary duties
  • Mergers and acquisitions litigation: Oracle Corporation of PeopleSoft; CVS of Caremark [Express Scripts v. Crawford]; Roche Pharmaceutical of Ventana and of Genentech
  • Proxy fights and consent solicitation battles
  • Appraisals:Transkaryotic Therapies,Inc/Shire Pharmaceuticals
  • Disputes among investors in ventures: Nama Holdings v. Related World Markets
  • Restructuring and recapitalization issues
  • Special committee representation in transactional litigation: In re Audiovox; Krasner v. Moffet
  • Accounting claims: Catamarian Acquisition v. Spherion; Trenwick America v. Ernst & Young
  • Close corporation and family corporation disputes
  • Indemnification: Zaman v. Amedo Holdings
  • Liquidations, dissolutions and appointment of custodians

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1968
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1965

Awards

  • American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow
  • Benchmark Litigation 
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Lawdragon
  • Super Lawyers

Leadership

  • American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Past President
  • United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Special Master
  • United States Law Firm Group, President
  • Leadership Delaware, Board Member