Joel Friedlander

Mr. Friedlander has  30 years of experience litigating breach of fiduciary duty actions and contract disputes relating to the control of Delaware entities.  The Best Lawyers in America recognized him as “Lawyer of the Year” in Wilmington, Delaware for Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions (2017 and 2020) and  Bet-the-Company Litigation (2022).  Mr. Friedlander has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal and named “Litigator of the Week” in The Am Law Litigation Daily. He repeatedly has been selected for annual inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation, Chambers & Partners, and Delaware “Super Lawyers”. 


University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1992

Executive Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
Recipient, Fred G. Leebron Award for Constitutional Law

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S., cum laude, 1988

Benjamin Franklin Scholar; General Honors Certificate

Professional and Community Activities

Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Lecturer, University of Michigan Law School

Visiting Professor, Harry Radzyner Law School, Reichman University, in Israel

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School (2019)

Adviser, American Law Institute, Restatement of the Law, Corporate Governance

Board of Advisors, University of Pennsylvania Institute of Law and Economics

President, Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring Association (2016-2023)

President, The Milton & Hattie Kutz Home, Inc., a skilled nursing facility (2006-2008)

World Chairman’s Council, Jewish National Fund

Director, Historical Society for the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware

Member, Delaware Supreme Court Rules Committee (2009-2016)

Member, Delaware State Advisory Committee, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (2014-2015)

Delaware State Bar Association
Nominating Committee (2015-2018)
Executive Committee (2005-2006)
Assistant to the President (1998-1999)

Master, Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court (2002-2005)

Associate Member, Delaware Board of Bar Examiners (1998-2003)

Editorial Board, Delaware Lawyer (1998-2003)

President, Delaware Chapter, Lawyers Division, Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies (1994-1999)

Adjunct Professor, Widener Law School (1998)

Publications and Public Speaking

Thoughts of a Jewish-American Plaintiffs' Lawyer on the Past and Present of Stockholder Litigation, 23(4) M&A Journal (November/December 2023)

The Desegregation Decrees of the Delaware Court of Chancery,18 Delaware Law Review 1 ( 2023)

Performances of Equity: Why Court of Chancery Transcript Rulings Are Law,
77(1) Business Lawyer 51 (Winter 2021-2022)

Revlon RIP?
21(1) M&A Journal 8 (March/April 2021)

Confronting the Problem of Fraud on the Board,
75(1) Business Lawyer 1441 (Winter 2019-2020)

Vindicating the Duty of Loyalty: Using Data Points of Successful Stockholder Litigation As a Tool for Reform,
72(3) Business Lawyer 623 (Summer 2017)

Is Delaware’s ‘Other Major Political Party’ Really Entitled To Half of Delaware’s Judiciary?,
58 Arizona Law Review 1139 (2016)

How Rural/Metro Exposed the Systemic Problem of Disclosure Settlements,
40 Delaware Journal of Corporate Law 877 (2016)

Overturn Time-Warner Three Different Ways,
33 Delaware Journal of Corporate Law 631 (2008)

The Rule of Law at Century's End,
5 Texas Review of Law & Politics 317 (2001)

Corporation and Kulturkampf: Time Culture as Illegal Fiction,
29 University of Connecticut Law Review 31 (1996)

Constitution and Kulturkampf: A Reading of the Shadow Theology of Justice Brennan,
140 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1049 (1992)

Mr. Friedlander has spoken on corporate law issues at the following fora: University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School; Harvard Law School; New York University School of Law; University of Michigan Law School; Columbia Law School; Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law;  Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington; Georgetown Law; University of Colorado Law School; James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona; University of Richmond School of Law; Widener University Delaware Law School; Harry Radzyner Law School in Herzliya, Israel; Hebrew University of Jerusalem; University of Delaware John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance; Mercatus Center at George Mason University;  Boardroom Governance Podcast; Academic Subcommittee of M&A Committee of Business Law Section of American Bar Association; Salzburg Forum on Global Developments in Corporate Governance; City Bar of New York; Practising Law Institute; and Tulane University Law School Corporate Law Institute.

Prior Experience

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, 1993-1995

Law Clerk to The Honorable Jack B. Jacobs, Delaware Court of Chancery, 1992-1993

State Bar Admission

Delaware, 1993