E. Norman Veasey L'57
Lecturer in Law
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.