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Andre Springer

Jessica Zeldin

Partner

Tel: (302) 504-4957
Fax: (302) 397-2681
Email: jzeldin@andrewsspringer.com

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Jessica Zeldin, a partner of Andrews & Springer LLC, has over twenty-four years of legal experience in corporate and commercial litigation. Her practice focuses primarily on representation of investors. She has worked on behalf of minority stockholders and unitholders of master limited partnerships (“MLP”) in class actions, securities claims, state law appraisal proceedings and derivative litigation. She also has significant experience litigating statutory actions under the Delaware code, such as books and records demands, advancement proceedings and contests for corporate control, as well as breach of contract disputes. Although she appears most often in the Delaware Court of Chancery, Jessica has practiced before all of the courts in Delaware.   

In 2019, Jessica was named by Lawdragon as one of the "Top 500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers" in the U.S.

Prior to joining the firm, Jessica practiced with Rosenthal, Monhait & Goddess, P.A, and Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnel LLP. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, (B.A. 1992), Washington University (M.A. East Asian Studies, 1995) and Washington University School of Law (J.D. Order of the Coif, 1995).

Jessica's recent success in cases where she has had a substantial role include:

    • Obtaining a post-trial decision that the general partner of an MLP breached its contractual duties and was liable for $171 million in damages (prior to Supreme Court's reversal based on standing grounds as a result of a merger that occurred after trial).
    • Participating on the team responsible for securing, on the eve of trial, the largest cash derivative settlement ($275 million)
    • Obtaining the largest Delaware settlement in a state law insider trading related case ($39 million) and helping to shape the law in this area
    • Developing, before the Delaware Supreme Court, favorable caselaw for unit holders seeking to enforce contractual fiduciary duties, and obtaining a multi-million dollar settlement in an MLP case
    • Securing a $90 million settlement, on the eve of trial, for a small class of former seat holders of one of the nation's premier options exchanges
    • Achieving a multi-million dollar verdict after trial based on a finding that defendants were corrupt in their treatment of shareholders
    • Winning a reversal and remand from the Delaware Supreme Court of a motion to dismiss in what commentators have called a "landmark" corporate decision

Speaking Engagements:

    • Columbia Law School M&A and Corporate Governance Conference (New York 2019) (panelist with Chancellor Bouchard and former Justice Jacobs)
    • Florida Bar Federal Securities Institute (Miami 2019) (panelist with Chancellor Bouchard on Delaware corporate developments)
    • PLI’s Delaware Law Developments (New York 2018)
    • Florida Bar Federal Securities Institute (Miami 2018) (panelist with Chancellor Bouchard on Delaware corporate developments)
    • ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting - Delaware Law Developments (New Orleans 2017) (panel discussion with Vice Chancellor Slights)
    • PLI’s Delaware Law Developments (New York 2015)
    • Delaware State Bar Association’s Recent Developments in Delaware Corporate Law (Wilmington 2015)
    • Northwestern University’s Annual Securities Regulation Institute (San Diego 2014) (panelist with former Chief Justice Steele on Civil Litigation)
    • PLI’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation (New York 2012) (panelist with former Justice Ridgely on Delaware law matters)
    • Penn State’s Annual Institute on Corporate, Securities and Related Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions (New York 2012) (panelist with former Justice Jacobs on Delaware Litigation)
    • Delaware Bar Association’s Recent Developments in Delaware Corporate and Alternative Entity Law (Wilmington 2012)
    • PLI’s Delaware Law Development (New York 2011)
    • National Association of Corporate Directors’ Annual Corporate Governance Conference (Washington D.C. 2010) (presenter with former Chief Justice Veasey and former Chancellor Chandler on Emerging Legal Trends)

Activities and Affiliations:

    • Member, Court of Chancery Rules Committee
    • Vice Chair, Board of Professional Responsibility
    • Past Treasurer, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and Executive Committee Member at Large of the Delaware State Bar Association
    • Past President, Vice President and Secretary Women and Law Section of the Delaware State Bar.
    • Member Roxana Arsht Fellowship Steering Committee
    • Past Member of the Delaware State Bar Administration of Justice Committee, Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Ad-Hoc Diversity Committee
    • Friends’ Central School – Member Alumni Board

Publications:

    • Disabling Employers:  Problems with the ADA’s Confidentiality Requirements in Unionized Workplaces, 72 WASH U.L.Q. 737 (1995)
    • Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes (Ed. Richard Rosen, 2000)

Jessica is licensed to practice law in Delaware and is admitted to the United States District Court, District of Delaware, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.