William E. Manning

William E. Manning
Primary Office

Commercial Litigation, Alternative Entities and Corporate Governance

Much of Bill's litigation experience comes from Delaware's Court of Chancery. Selected litigated matters include:

  • Represented the owners of Delaware corporations and alternative entities in several disputes over entity control.
  • Represented a party to an LLC operating agreement in a case asserting breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
  • Represented the beneficiaries of a Delaware Statutory Trust in a petition seeking removal of the trustee.
  • Represented those defending claims of breach of fiduciary duty and wrongful dissolution of Delaware corporation.
  • Represented corporate plaintiffs in a Section 220 books and records action preceding dispute over control of Delaware corporation. 

Higher Education

Bill and colleagues in Saul Ewing’s Higher Education Practice advise leading institutions of higher education on a host of matters, including compliance with recent legislation and Title IX Office of Civil Rights guidance regarding sexual misconduct on campus; FERPA and state FOIA compliance; Title IV compliance; contracts with private vendors and joint venture partners; real estate development; non-profit tax matters; and governance. Selected litigated matters include:

  • Defense of a $200 million claim arising from the client university's decision to terminate a ground lease for the development of a data processing center due to plaintiff's lack of performance.
  • District court jury trial defense of various claims arising from award to university-led consortium for research designed to improve the use of orthotics and prostheses for wounded soldiers.
  • Defense of publicly supported university against First Amendment associational claims brought by fraternity.
  • Defense of tenure denial case brought by faculty member diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.