Joanne ("Jody") Pileggi Pinckney

Ms. Pinckney's practice is concentrated in corporate, commercial and alternative entity litigation under Delaware law. Her work is primarily in the Delaware Court of Chancery, but she has also tried commercial cases in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, and the Delaware Superior Court. She also has broad experience representing creditors in bankruptcy matters and has litigated numerous adversary proceedings in that Court. In addition, Ms. Pinckney has been appointed as fact finder and/or ad litem counsel by the Delaware Court of Chancery in various matters before the Court. She is also a mediator for the Delaware state courts and the Delaware bankruptcy court. She is barred in the state of Delaware and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and she is admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is also admitted to appear before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Ms. Pinckney began her career as an associate with Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzberg and Ellers and helped to establish that firm's Delaware office. She then moved to Wolf Block as a litigation associate, where she helped to establish that firm's Delaware office and practiced for five years. Ms. Pinckney then moved to the Delaware corporate ligation boutique of Bouchard, Margules & Friedlander, as counsel, for six and one-half years. In 2007, she opened the firm that is now known as Pinckney, Weidinger, Urban & Joyce, LLC.

She received her law degree in 1993, cum laude, from Widener University School of Law. Her undergraduate degree in business administration, cum laude, is from Neumann College.

Ms. Pinckney is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Emeritus member of the Delaware Rodney Inns of Court, and a past board member of the Delaware Chapter of the Jewish National Fund.



  • Corporate & Alternative Entity Litigation, including Partnerships, Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (local counsel)
  • Trade Secrets/Noncompetition
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Guardianship Matters


  • Corporate Counseling of Delaware entities and their officers, directors


  • Certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Delaware
  • Bankruptcy preference actions
  • Business disputes


  • Appointed by the Court of Chancery as Ad Litem counsel to minors and incompetent persons in various matters
  • Receiver in Chancery Court matters
  • Mediator: Bankruptcy, Commercial and Corporate disputes


  • State of Delaware
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation


  • Widener University School of Law, cum laude, J.D., 1993
  • Neumann University, cum laude
    B.S, 1981

Representative Matters:

  • counsel to minority stockholders in class and derivative actions;
  • counsel to minority LLC member in fraud and breach of contract action;
  • counsel to former corporate officer in bankruptcy court litigation involving fraudulent transfer and breach of duty claims;
  • counsel to global paper and pulp industry company in breach of contract action;
  • counsel to 50% limited partner of LLLP in dissolution action;
  • counsel to LLC minority member in books and records action;
  • counsel to private equity firm in financing dispute;
  • counsel to founder and former general partner to preserve general partner profits interest;
  • counsel to minor child in trust challenge and related multi-state litigation;
  • counsel in guardianship action on behalf of minor child;

Previous Practice:

  • Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzberg, Ellers & Weir
  • Associate (1994-1996)
  • Wolf, Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen
  • Associate (1996-2001)
  • Bouchard, Margules & Friedlander
  • Counsel (2001-2006)
  • Law Offices of Joanne Pileggi Pinckney (2007)