William B. Chandler III
Chancellor William B. Chandler III is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he advises both public and private clients in connection with corporate governance matters, special committee assignments, internal investigations, and merger and acquisition transactions. He currently serves on the firm's Policy Committee.
Chancellor Chandler joined the firm from the Delaware Court of Chancery, the nation's leading court for corporate law cases, particularly those relating to change of control and other corporate law issues. He was appointed Chancellor in 1997, after serving as Vice Chancellor since 1989. Widely regarded as one of the country's most influential judges on issues of corporate law and governance, he issued more than a thousand opinions and presided over some of the most contentious and high-profile corporate law disputes in the country, including those involving The Walt Disney Company, Yahoo, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, eBay, Citigroup, Dow Chemical, and, most recently, the Air Products/Airgas dispute. Many of his rulings have become required reading for M&A and business law practitioners, and he has written and lectured widely on numerous critical corporate law issues.
Prior to his appointment to the Court of Chancery, Chancellor Chandler served as resident judge of the Delaware Superior Court from 1985 to 1989. He previously was an associate with Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell and served as legal counsel to Pete duPont, the former governor of Delaware.
Earlier in his career, Chancellor Chandler taught commercial law, legislative process, and remedies at the University of Alabama School of Law. He also has taught law courses at the Delaware Law School of Widener University, Washington University School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, Ohio State University, University of Georgia, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Chancellor Chandler is a member of the American Law Institute and a trustee of the Yale Center for Corporate Governance, the University of Delaware, and the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance.