Thomas A. Beck

Director

302.651.7742
302.498.7701 (fax)
beck@rlf.com
Thomas Beck focuses on representing Delaware corporations, their directors, large stockholders and other constituencies in corporate litigation. For more than 30 years Tom has litigated corporate control disputes, shareholder class actions and derivative suits, contested shareholder elections, statutory appraisal actions and similar matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery and the Delaware Supreme Court. He has significant experience in dealing with corporate control, fiduciary and valuation issues. In addition to his litigation practice, Tom counsels Delaware corporations and their directors on corporate governance and statutory and fiduciary duties.
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  • Represented an international petrochemical company in arbitration valuing a joint venture interest
  • Appointed by the Court of Chancery as a Special Master in contentious advancement litigation
  • Represented a Fortune 100 technology company in acquisition-related derivative and class action litigation
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Thomas A. Beck focuses on representing Delaware corporations, their directors, large stockholders and other constituencies in corporate litigation. For more than 30 years Tom has litigated numerous corporate control disputes, shareholder class actions and derivative suits, contested shareholder elections, statutory appraisal actions and similar matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery and the Delaware Supreme Court.

A member of the firm’s Corporate Department, Tom has significant experience in dealing with corporate control, fiduciary and valuation issues. In addition to his litigation practice, he counsels Delaware corporations and their directors on corporate governance and statutory and fiduciary duties.

Experience

       
  • Represented an international petrochemical company in arbitration valuing a joint venture interest
  • Appointed by the Court of Chancery as a Special Master in contentious advancement litigation
  • Represented a Fortune 100 technology company in acquisition-related derivative and class action litigation
  • Represented a Texas-based biotech company and its directors in a class action trial challenging option valuation 
  • Represented the special committee of Crown Media in a class action trial challenging the fairness of a recapitalization
  • Represented John Q. Hammons in a class action trial challenging the fairness of a merger
  • Represented Broadcom Corporation in Chancery litigation relating to its proposal to acquire Emulex
  • Represented Nokia Corporation in Chancery litigation related to a multinational licensing dispute
  • Represented Mentor Graphics in its successful attack on a dead-hand rights plan adopted by the target, Quickturn Design
  • Participated in many of Delaware’s landmark corporate litigation decisions including Rosenblatt, Unocal, Newmont Mining, Interco, Anderson Clayton, Time-Warner, QVC, Caremark, Fort Howard, Levine v. Smith and Mendel v. Carroll, as well as more recent decisions including Emerging Communications, PNB, TCI, Harrah's/JCC, Lyondell, In re John Q. Hammons, and Muoio v. Hallmark 
  • Has represented both bidders and target corporations in hostile acquisitions, both petitioners and respondents in appraisal litigation, and both plaintiffs and defendants in class action, fiduciary and other chancery court litigation

Publications

  • "Recent Chancery Court Guidance on Rule 5.1," Delaware Business Court Insider, December 23, 2014   View >
  • "Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Chancery Court's Lyondell Decision," BNA's Corporate Counsel Weekly, April, 2009   View >

Presentations

  • "Delaware Corporate Law Webinar," June 2012   View >

Awards

  • The Legal 500

Education

  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 1981
  • B.A., Dickinson College, 1978

Admitted to Practice

  • Delaware, 1981
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Experience

       
  • Represented an international petrochemical company in arbitration valuing a joint venture interest
  • Appointed by the Court of Chancery as a Special Master in contentious advancement litigation
  • Represented a Fortune 100 technology company in acquisition-related derivative and class action litigation
  • Represented a Texas-based biotech company and its directors in a class action trial challenging option valuation 
  • Represented the special committee of Crown Media in a class action trial challenging the fairness of a recapitalization
  • Represented John Q. Hammons in a class action trial challenging the fairness of a merger
  • Represented Broadcom Corporation in Chancery litigation relating to its proposal to acquire Emulex
  • Represented Nokia Corporation in Chancery litigation related to a multinational licensing dispute
  • Represented Mentor Graphics in its successful attack on a dead-hand rights plan adopted by the target, Quickturn Design
  • Participated in many of Delaware’s landmark corporate litigation decisions including Rosenblatt, Unocal, Newmont Mining, Interco, Anderson Clayton, Time-Warner, QVC, Caremark, Fort Howard, Levine v. Smith and Mendel v. Carroll, as well as more recent decisions including Emerging Communications, PNB, TCI, Harrah's/JCC, Lyondell, In re John Q. Hammons, and Muoio v. Hallmark 
  • Has represented both bidders and target corporations in hostile acquisitions, both petitioners and respondents in appraisal litigation, and both plaintiffs and defendants in class action, fiduciary and other chancery court litigation

Education

  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 1981
  • B.A., Dickinson College, 1978

Publications

  • "Recent Chancery Court Guidance on Rule 5.1," Delaware Business Court Insider, December 23, 2014   View >
  • "Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Chancery Court's Lyondell Decision," BNA's Corporate Counsel Weekly, April, 2009   View >

Presentations

  • "Delaware Corporate Law Webinar," June 2012   View >

Awards

  • The Legal 500