OUR LAWYERS

Elizabeth Wilburn Joyce

Elizabeth Wilburn Joyce has practiced corporate and commercial litigation in the Court of Chancery and other Delaware State and Federal courts for nearly 20 years. She represents corporations, alternative entities, directors and officers, shareholders, members and partners in disputes involving expedited or injunctive relief, corporate governance, breach of fiduciary duty, contract, fraud, trade secret, and noncompetition, and statutory claims for access to corporate records, control contests, appraisal, and dissolution. She also serves as Delaware counsel in intellectual property cases, and has represented clients in arbitrations before the AAA and FINRA. Prior to joining PWUJ in 2009, Ms. Joyce was a corporate litigation partner in Blank Rome LLP’s Delaware office, where she practiced for 9 years. She began her legal career as law clerk to Judge William C. Carpenter, Jr. in the Delaware Superior Court. Elizabeth served as Co-Chair of the Delaware State Bar Association's Women & the Law Section for the 2013-2015 term, and is currently serving as a Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association.


PRACTICE AREAS:

LITIGATION:

  • Corporate & Alternative Entity Litigation
  • Class & Derivative Actions
  • Business Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Trade Secrets/Noncompetition
  • Real Estate Related Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Litigation

TRANSACTIONS:

  • Corporate Counseling, Corporate Transactions, Opinion Work

ADMISSIONS:

  • State of Delaware
  • U.S. District Court - Delaware
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

EDUCATION:

  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • Villanova University, cum laude, B.A., 1992

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • (past member Committee on Professional Ethics)
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court

COMMUNITY SERVICE AND AFFILIATIONS:

  • Member of the Board of Directors and Secretary, Survivors of Abuse in Recovery, Inc. (SOAR) (2010 – 2014)
  • Meeting Ground, Member of the Board of the Endowment Committee (2010 – present)
  • New Castle Presbytery Board of Trustees (2004-2009) (Past President)

Representative Matters:

  • CSH Theatres, L.L.C. v. Nederlander of San Francisco Assocs.; counsel for nominal Defendant in dispute between 50/50 members
  • Washington House Condo. Assn. et. al. v. Daystar Sills, Inc., et. al.; counsel for Plaintiffs in construction defect

    litigation
  • Badlands NGLs, LLC v. Cascade Capital Corporation, et al; counsel for Plaintiff in equitable rescission and breach of fiduciary duty dispute

  • Anthony L&S Athletics, LLC v. US Pony Holdings, LLC, et al.; counsel for LLC in dispute between the members
  • In Re: Bendamustine Consolidated Cases; counsel for Defendants in Bendamustine cases
  • Relume Corp. Trust v. GE Lighting Solutions, LLC; Delaware counsel in defense of patent infringement action
  • Aeritas v. Continental and United Airlines; Delaware counsel in defense of patent infringement action
  • DiRienzo v. Lichtenstein; plaintiff’s class action
  • Zeff v. Modern Luxury Media, et al; represented minority member in limited liability company dispute
  • Unison Site Management Corp. v. Farrell; TRO and preliminary injunction to enjoin misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of non-compete agreement;
  • Paul v. Delaware Coastal Anesthesia; defense of written consent action by LLC members;
  • New Century Mortgage Corp. v. Great Northern Ins. Co.; insurance coverage dispute;
  • Postorivo v. AG Paintball Holdings, Inc.; represented seller in post-closing dispute under asset purchase agreement;
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. AIG Life Ins. Co.; represented insurance broker in dispute over sale of corporate-owned life insurance;
  • CIT Communications Finance Corp. v. Level 3 Communications, LLC; represented telecommunications provider in bankruptcy-related litigation;
  • SunGard Energy Systems, Inc. v. PHI Service Company; represented energy company in enforcement of license and non-compete provisions;
  • In re Integrated Resource Planning; represented energy supply company before the Delaware Public Service Commission in dispute involving integration of alternative energy into Delaware power supply;
  • Ng v. Heng Sang Realty Corp.; represented plaintiff in appraisal proceeding;
  • Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources & Environ. Control v. Vane Line Bunkering, Inc.; represented maritime oil transportation company in dispute under Coastal Zone Act;
  • Toll Bros., Inc. v. Wicks; represented real estate development company in development dispute;
  • Wilmington Hospitality LLC v. New Castle County, et al; represented lender in proceedings arising out of dispute between owner of hotel property and county authorities;
  • Brosseit v. Delaware Valley Development Company; represented minority owner in limited liability company dispute;
  • In re ANC Rental Corp., Inc.; represented debtor in adversary proceedings and federal court appeals;
  • In re Explorer Pipeline, Co.; represented oil and gas company in pipeline dispute

Clerkships and Previous Practice:

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable William C Carpenter, Jr., Superior Court of the State of Delaware (1996-1998)
  • Prickett, Jones & Elliott, Associate (1998-2000)
  • Blank Rome LLP, Associate (2000-2006); Partner (2006-2009)

Publications and Speaking Engagements:

  • Speaker, Industry Roundtable, Women's Professional Network, Villanova University School of Business (October 2013)
  • Speaker, Hot Topics in M&A (Minority Corporate Counsel Association, CLE Expo, March 2013)
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Delaware Corporate and Alternative Entity Law (Delaware State Bar Association May 2012)
  • Speaker, Emerging Issues for In-House Counsel (Blank Rome LLP, Corporate Litigation Practice Group, November 2008)
  • Speaker, Ethics and Professional Responsibility (National Business Institute)
  • Beyond Aronson, Recent Delaware Cases on Demand Futility, 20 DEL. J. CORP. L. 535 (1995)
  • Jackson v. Turnbull: Is Statutory Compliance the Threshold to Fair Dealing? 20 DEL. J. CORP. L. 608 (1995)