Jenness E. Parker
Ms. Parker — who was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2023 — represents public and private companies, their directors and advisers in litigation including derivative and class actions, corporate governance disputes, M&A-related actions, books and records matters, appraisal proceedings, advancement and indemnification actions, other Delaware statutory matters, federal securities laws and complex contractual disputes. She has achieved success for her clients at all stages of litigation, including motion practice, preliminary and permanent injunctions, and trials. She also has unique experience utilizing a recent and novel Delaware statute to obtain judicial validation of certain corporate acts.
In addition, Ms. Parker frequently provides corporate governance and transactional advice on Delaware law relating to corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies.
Ms. Parker represents clients in a wide variety of industries. Recent clients have included Wayfair, Intel, SmileDirectClub, Devon Energy, Panera Bread Company, Pine Brook Capital Partners, Delek US, Cineworld Group, Regal Entertainment Group, Dentsply Sirona, Express Scripts Holding Company, Goldman Sachs, Apax Partners, Trimaran Capital Partners, Vantiv, Baxter International Inc., American Apparel and CME Group.
In 2022, Ms. Parker was appointed by the Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery to its Rules Committee, which works directly with the judges to amend and improve the rules of the Court.
She has written numerous articles on Delaware corporation law issues and is on the board of editors of the treatise Mergers and Acquisitions Deal Litigation Under Delaware Corporation Law.
Ms. Parker is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association Judicial Appointments Committee, which is involved in the selection of Delaware Supreme Court, Chancery Court and Superior Court judges. Twice-appointed by the Delaware Supreme Court, she served two four-year terms on the Delaware Bar Foundation, including a two-year term as president.
Ms. Parker has done a significant amount of pro bono work and currently leads Skadden’s Wilmington office adult guardianship project, representing individuals in Court of Chancery guardianship proceedings. She also is on Skadden’s Global Women’s Initiatives Committee and the Wilmington office’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Ms. Parker was named a Delaware Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Delaware Law Weekly.
- J.D., The University of Iowa College of Law, 2004 (Articles Editor, Journal of Corporation Law)
- B.A., Central College, 2000
- U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
- Member, Committee of the Delaware Corporation Law Council
- Member, Delaware State Bar Association Judicial Appointments Committee
- Member, Richard S. Rodney American Inn of Court
- Former Member and President, Board of Delaware Bar Foundation
- Clerkship, Hon. Randy J. Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court (2004-2005)