Joel Friedlander

Mr. Friedlander has over 25 years of experience litigating breach of fiduciary duty actions and contract disputes relating to the control of Delaware entities. The 2017 and 2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America recognized him as “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions in Wilmington, Delaware and the 2022 edition recognizes him as “Lawyer of theYear” for Bet-the-Company Litigation in Wilmington, Delaware. The current edition of Chambers USA designates him as “Band 1” and states:

“Joel Friedlander is held in the utmost regard by market commentators …. 'He’s a legend in the plaintiff chancery Bar.’”

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 Program

Professional and Community Activities

Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Lecturer, University of Michigan Law School 

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

Chairman of the Board and President, Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring Association

World Chairman’s Council, Jewish National Fund

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

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

Past President, The Milton & Hattie Kutz Home, Inc., a skilled nursing facility

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

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

“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 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, 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, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 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