Ethan H. Townsend - McDermott Will & Emery


Ethan H. Townsend focuses his practice on litigating corporate, securities and complex business matters. With a particular focus on litigation in Delaware’s federal and state courts, he represents companies and individuals relating to Delaware corporations and alternative entities. Ethan also handles matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery, Delaware Supreme Court and the Delaware Superior Court’s Complex Commercial Litigation Division. Ethan also represents companies in intellectual property litigation in the District of Delaware.

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  • Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of negligence and breach of contract action brought against a national accounting firm*
  • Obtained summary judgment in contest for corporate control of a high-frequency trading firm*
  • Obtained dismissal of aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty claims for the acquirer of a multi-industry home care company*

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  • The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America, Litigation – Securities and Commercial Litigation, 2023 to 2024
  • Legal 500 US, Recommended Lawyer, 2023
  • Delaware Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2019
  • Delaware Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2018


  • Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court, member
  • First State Squash, advisory board member


Villanova University School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, Valedictorian, Order of the Coif, 2011
University of Delaware, BChE, 2005


Courts / Agencies
US Supreme Court
US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US District Court for the District of Delaware