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John Legaré Williams, Esquire

john@trustwilliams.com
p. 302-575-0873 | f. 302-575-0925
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Practice Areas

Trust and estate planning, administration, and litigation.

Delaware business law:

  • Delaware incorporation and LLC formation,
  • Business succession planning,
  • Contract drafting and negotiation,
  • Corporate governance,
  • General Counsel,
  • Business partner separation disputes,
  • Delaware LLC opinion letters for United States real estate transactions, and
  • Business litigation regarding valuation, mismanagement, and obtaining records;
  • Nationally recognized on Delaware Series LLC law; and
  • Corporate bankruptcy adversary proceedings, defending voidable preference claims.

Representative Cases/Clients

  • Favorable post-trial settlement after a 4-day trial in the Court of Chancery.  This case analyzed Delaware corporate law on issues such as breaches of fiduciary duty and business valuation.
  • Represented:
    • Medical device company,
    • Newspaper publisher,
    • Large equipment manufacturer,
    • Mining equipment repair company,
    • Former professional athlete,
    • Famous musicians,
    • Food processing company,
    • Scientific instrument company,
    • Executives,
    • Medical Doctors,
    • Certified Professional Accountants,
    • Mobile App businesses,
    • Film Producers,
    • Entrepreneurs, and
    • Non-profits.

Professional Affiliations
  • President of Agents and Corporations, Inc., a Delaware incorporation and registered agent service that serves 16,000 Delaware LLCs and Delaware corporations under management, including Pinterest, Inc.
  • ABA Advisor to National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (ULC) on the Series of Unincorporated Business Entities Act Drafting Committee (Uniform Series LLC Act).
  • Chair of American Bar Association’s Committee on Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies in the Special Investors and Investment Structure Group of the Real Property, Trusts and Estates Section.
  • Barrister Member of Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court.
Civic Engagements
  • President, Wilmington Rowing Center.
  • Appointed by Governors Minner, Markell, and Carney to the Delaware Natural Areas Advisory Council. Previous chairman.  Previously served on Delaware State Parks Council.
  • Assistant Coach, University of Delaware Men’s Club Crew (See News Journal article “The Oars of Justice” from November 11, 2003).
  • President, One Commerce Center Condo Council, which manages an 11-story commercial office building.
  • Founder, Christina Navy Ltd., an entity that promotes boating safety.
  • Membership Chair, Society of Colonial Wars, Delaware Chapter, including duties as state genealogist and state registrar.
  • Vice Chair, Downtown YMCA (Wilmington, DE).
  • President, Christina Conservancy.
  • Vice Chair, 18th Representative District Committee of Delaware.
  • Director, Delaware Founders Initiative.
  • Former Director, Wilmington Youth Rowing Association.
  • Former Council Member, Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation.
  • Former Chairman, Kalmar Nyckel Foundation.
Presentations, Publications & Contributions

  • Presented National Hot Topics call for the American Bar Association (“ABA”) on the Delaware Series LLC.
  • Presented Fundamentals 2.0 call for the ABA’s Real Property, Trust and Estates Group (“RPTE”), March 23, 2016.
  • Authored Rural Metro: Gulping Advisors and Practitioner Guidance article in the ABA’s Business Law Today periodical, January 2016.
  • Presented National CLE webinar for National Business Institute (“NBI”) on Delaware LLC Agreements: Planning and Drafting Approaches: Evaluating and Leveraging the Contractual Flexibility Afforded by the Delaware LLC Act.
  • Presented National CLE webinar for NBI on Series LLCs: Drafting Operating Agreements.
  • Quoted in February 2, 2016 article titled “Zuckerbergs chose Delaware-based LLC for Chan Zuckerberg Initiative” by the Delaware Business Times.
  • IncNow Blog.
  • Drafted Series LLC and Delaware LLC Agreements for publication in the Limited Liability Company Handbook 2008-2009, 2011-2012, 2015-2016.
  • Expert in New York case involving a Delaware Series LLC.
  • Expert witness for Office of Public Advocacy of Alaska in litigation involving a Delaware Series LLC, which owned 40 parcels of real estate (Genesis Properties LLC vs. McDowell).
  • Presented twice to the Delaware Real Estate Investor’s Association (DelREIA)on the use of LLCs and Series LLC in real estate transactions.
  • Panelist on CLE seminar presented at the ABA’s RPTE Group Symposia on Drafting LLC Agreements in Real Estate Transactions.
  • Presented “Intellectual Property and Choice of Entity” seminar, organized by theSmall Business Administration (Delaware).
  • Presented seminar on avoiding common legal mistakes for the University of Delaware Horn Program in Entrepreneurship – New Venture Development Center.
  • Presented an in-house continuing professional education seminar to Gunnip & Company LLP (Certified Public Accounting firm) on LLC law in Delaware.
  • Lectured for eight National Business Institute seminars on continuing education for attorneys regarding special uses of Delaware LLCs and the Series LLC.
  • Lectured at Sterling Education Seminar on Estate Planning – Advanced Trust Topics and Elder Law.
  • Lectured at the Delaware Trust Conference, sponsored by Delaware Bankers Association.
  • Lectured to Advisors on choice of entity for the Small Business Development Center.
  • Guest lectured for senior seminar on small business at the University of Delaware.
  • Interviewed regarding international foreign money judgment recognition byDelaware Law Weekly.
  • Quoted in June 9, 2008 article on “State-Federal Tussle on Beneficial Owners” by Compliance Weekly.
  • Interviewed by Swiss National Public Television (regarding Delaware corporate and LLC law’s international advantages) for an entrepreneurial program broadcast throughout German-speaking Europe.
  • Interviewed by NBC Miami through NBC Philadelphia’s studios and rebroadcast later on NBC’s Today Show and Dateline NBC.
  • Interviewed by China Business News and Xinhua News Agency (Official China News).