E. Norman Veasey is a senior partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and serves as a strategic adviser to the firm’s roster of prominent global clients on a wide range of issues related to mergers & acquisitions, restructuring, and litigation. Additionally, he advises on corporate governance issues involving the responsibilities of corporate directors in complex financial transactions and crisis management.
Chief Justice Veasey is the former chief justice of Delaware, having stepped down from the Delaware Supreme Court in May 2004 after serving a 12-year term as the top judicial officer and administrator of that state’s judicial branch. During his tenure as chief justice, the US Chamber of Commerce ranked Delaware’s courts first in the nation for three consecutive years for their fair, reasonable and efficient litigation environment. Chief Justice Veasey has also been credited with leading nationwide programs to restore professionalism to the practice of law and adopt best practices in the running of America’s courts. In 2004, he was awarded the Order of the First State by the Governor of Delaware, the highest honor for meritorious service the State’s governor can grant.
Chief Justice Veasey was president of the Conference of Chief Justices, chair of the Board of the National Center for State Courts, chair of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association (ABA), chair of the ABA Special Commission on Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct (Ethics 2000), and past chair of the Committee on Corporate Laws of the ABA Section of Business Law. He is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
During 1992-93 he was the editor of Volume 48 of The Business Lawyer, the scholarly legal journal published by the Section of Business Law of the ABA. He is co-author, with Weil’s Christine Di Guglielmo, of Indispensable Counsel: The Chief Legal Officer in the New Reality (Oxford University Press, 2012), which The Wall Street Journal recently called “a field manual to aid [Chief Legal Officers] with their new tasks.” (March 9, 2012).
Chief Justice Veasey is a director of the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the American Law Institute, the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation, and numerous other professional organizations. He is a frequent panelist and lecturer on the corporation law, corporate governance, ethics, and professionalism. He is an Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law and the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. He was named “Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year” in 2009-2011 by Who’s Who Legal. He has been appointed Independent Counsel and Special Deputy Attorney General by the Attorney General of Delaware to investigate campaign funding law violations.
From 1957 until he took office as chief justice in 1992, Chief Justice Veasey practiced law with the Wilmington, Delaware, law firm of Richards, Layton and Finger, where he concentrated on business law, corporate transactions, litigation, and counseling. He served at various times as managing partner and the chief executive officer of the firm. During 1961-63, he was deputy attorney general and chief deputy attorney of the State of Delaware. In 1982-83, he was president of the Delaware State Bar Association. He and his wife, Suzanne, live in Wilmington, Delaware. They have four grown children and eleven grandchildren.