McCollom D'Emilio Smith Uebler LLC
Trusts, Estates, Tax | Business Transactions | Litigation

Joe Christensen


Practice Focus
Corporate Litigation

Direct: (302) 468-5967

Joseph L. Christensen

Joseph practices corporate and alternative entity litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery and other Delaware courts. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants as lead counsel and local Delaware counsel, and has defended corporations in a number of litigation suits, including reclassification and appraisal litigations, among others.

In addition to his litigation practice, Joe has experience representing public companies, their boards of directors or special committees, private equity firms and private owners in mergers, acquisitions and other transformative transactions on the sell-side, buy-side, investor-side and issuer-side. Joe is also experienced in stockholder activism situations from both the activist and target perspectives. 

 In law school, Joseph was a member of the Iowa Law Review.

Select experience:

  • Represented companies, directors, officers, and stockholders in fiduciary duty, corporate control, corporate governance, statutory, advancement, indemnification, books and records, appraisal, and contractual disputes

  • Represented stockholders in action and founders in action challenging reclassification of stock designed to retain founder control

  • Represented stockholder appraisal petitioners and company appraisal respondents in appraisal action

  • Represented investment banks in connection with third-party subpoenas and proxy disclosures

  • Represented real estate investment trust in sale to public real estate investment trust

  • Represented buyers and targets in acquisitions of asset management businesses

  • Represented board of directors in connection with threatened proxy campaign

  • Represented stockholder activist in successful proxy campaign resulting in settlement and seating of activist stockholder nominees to board of directors

  • Represented various private equity firms in connection with acquisitions of private companies as well as sales of portfolio companies

  • Appointed by the Delaware Family Court as guardian ad litem to two children in custody litigation


  • Delaware

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware



  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D.

  • Widener University School of Law, Certificate of Achievement: Advanced Corporations; Securities Litigation

  • University of Iowa, B.A., International Studies and English


  • Revlon: The Next Iteration, The Daily Deal (September 23, 2013)

  • Differential Treatment of Stockholders in Third Party Transactions: Effects and Implications Under Delaware Law, The M&A Lawyer (May 2013)

  • Duty Follows Function: Two Approaches to Curing the Mismatch Between the Fiduciary Duties and Potential Personal Liability of Corporate Officers, 27 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 45 (March 2012)

  • Quasi-Appraisal: The Unexplored Frontier of Stockholder Litigation?, The M&A Journal, (January 2012 - also appeared on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, Feb. 24, 2012)

  • Consider the Alternatives, The Deal (May 20, 2011)

  • The Delaware and SEC Proxy Access Regimes, 42 Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation 233 (October 7, 2009 - also appeared on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, Nov. 1, 2009)

  • In re Citigroup: The Birth Announcement and Obituary of the Duty of Business Performance Oversight, Bloomberg Law Reports – Corporate Law (June 15, 2009)