Lisa A. Schmidt

Director, Senior Vice President

302.651.7763
302.498.7763 (fax)
schmidt@rlf.com
Lisa Schmidt focuses her practice on advising and representing Delaware corporations, their directors and other constituencies in corporate litigation. She has litigated numerous corporate control, corporate governance, appraisal matters, and contractual disputes in the Delaware courts. Lisa also advises corporations, their directors, and special committees on corporate governance and fiduciary duties.
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  • Counsel to General Motors Company in derivative litigation in the Court of Chancery
  • Counsel to AbbVie Inc. in litigation in the Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court
  • Counsel to Viking Pump, Inc. in litigation in the Court of Chancery, Delaware Superior Court, and Delaware Supreme Court
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Lisa Schmidt focuses her practice on advising and representing Delaware corporations, their directors, and other constituencies in corporate litigation. She has litigated numerous corporate control, corporate governance, appraisal matters, and contractual disputes in the Delaware courts. Lisa also advises corporations, their directors, and special committees on corporate governance and fiduciary duties.

A frequent lecturer on issues of Delaware corporate law and litigation, Lisa is a regular speaker at the Federal Securities Institute.

Experience

  • Counsel to General Motors Company in derivative litigation in the Court of Chancery
  • Counsel to AbbVie Inc. in litigation in the Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court
  • Counsel to a transaction committee of Annie’s Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Annie’s by General Mills and related litigation
  • Counsel to Expedia Inc. in derivative litigation in the Court of Chancery
  • Counsel to United States Cellular Corporation in litigation in the Court of Chancery
  • Counsel to MoneyGram International, Inc. in litigation in the Court of Chancery
  • Counsel to directors of Southwall Technologies Inc. in litigation in the Court of Chancery
  • Counsel to Viking Pump, Inc. in litigation in the Court of Chancery, Delaware Superior Court, and Delaware Supreme Court
  • Counsel to directors of Allegro Development Corp. in litigation in the Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court
  • Counsel to ConAgra, Inc. in litigation in the Delaware Superior Court
  • Counsel in a confidential Court of Chancery arbitration
  • Counsel to the special committee of the board of Norfolk Southern
  • Counsel to Selectica Inc. in litigation in the Court of Chancery upholding the use of an NOL rights plan
  • Counsel to CVS Corporation in litigation in the Court of Chancery
  • Counsel to Broadcom Corporation in litigation in the Court of Chancery relating to its proposal to acquire Emulex
  • Counsel to Nokia Corporation in litigation in the Court of Chancery
  • Counsel to directors of The Walt Disney Company in litigation in the Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court
  • Counsel to The Hartford Life Insurance Company in litigation in the Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court

Publications

  • Contributing author, Delaware chapter, Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, Robert Haig, ed., Thomson Reuters

Presentations

  • "Hot Topics in Securities & Delaware Corporate Law," May 17, 2016
  • "34th Annual Federal Securities Institute," February 5, 2016
  • "32nd Annual Federal Securities Institute," February 6, 2014
  • "31st Annual Federal Securities Institute," February 14, 2013
  • "30th Annual Federal Securities Institute," February 16, 2012
  • "8th Annual Institute on Corporate, Securities, and Related Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions," October 13, 2011
  • "Delaware Corporate Law Webinar [Audio only]," May 2011   View >

Awards

  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America 
  • Super Lawyers

Leadership

  • Board on Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Delaware, Chair  
  • St. Francis Hospital Foundation, Board Member 

Education

  • J.D., Dickinson School of Law, Woolsack Society, Dickinson Law Review, 1991
  • B.A., Drew University, 1988

Admitted to Practice

  • Delaware
  • United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Delaware

Experience

  • Counsel to General Motors Company in derivative litigation in the Court of Chancery
  • Counsel to AbbVie Inc. in litigation in the Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court
  • Counsel to a transaction committee of Annie’s Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Annie’s by General Mills and related litigation
  • Counsel to Expedia Inc. in derivative litigation in the Court of Chancery
  • Counsel to United States Cellular Corporation in litigation in the Court of Chancery
  • Counsel to MoneyGram International, Inc. in litigation in the Court of Chancery
  • Counsel to directors of Southwall Technologies Inc. in litigation in the Court of Chancery
  • Counsel to Viking Pump, Inc. in litigation in the Court of Chancery, Delaware Superior Court, and Delaware Supreme Court
  • Counsel to directors of Allegro Development Corp. in litigation in the Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court
  • Counsel to ConAgra, Inc. in litigation in the Delaware Superior Court
  • Counsel in a confidential Court of Chancery arbitration
  • Counsel to the special committee of the board of Norfolk Southern
  • Counsel to Selectica Inc. in litigation in the Court of Chancery upholding the use of an NOL rights plan
  • Counsel to CVS Corporation in litigation in the Court of Chancery
  • Counsel to Broadcom Corporation in litigation in the Court of Chancery relating to its proposal to acquire Emulex
  • Counsel to Nokia Corporation in litigation in the Court of Chancery
  • Counsel to directors of The Walt Disney Company in litigation in the Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court
  • Counsel to The Hartford Life Insurance Company in litigation in the Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court

Education

  • J.D., Dickinson School of Law, Woolsack Society, Dickinson Law Review, 1991
  • B.A., Drew University, 1988

Publications

  • Contributing author, Delaware chapter, Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, Robert Haig, ed., Thomson Reuters

Presentations

  • "Hot Topics in Securities & Delaware Corporate Law," May 17, 2016
  • "34th Annual Federal Securities Institute," February 5, 2016
  • "32nd Annual Federal Securities Institute," February 6, 2014
  • "31st Annual Federal Securities Institute," February 14, 2013
  • "30th Annual Federal Securities Institute," February 16, 2012
  • "8th Annual Institute on Corporate, Securities, and Related Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions," October 13, 2011
  • "Delaware Corporate Law Webinar [Audio only]," May 2011   View >

Awards

  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America 
  • Super Lawyers

Leadership

  • Board on Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Delaware, Chair  
  • St. Francis Hospital Foundation, Board Member