Morris James law firm announces key leadership changes

February 9, 2020

The Delaware law firm of Morris James LLP announced leadership changes to the firm's management of its litigation practices.

Albert H. Manwaring IV has been named the new chair of the Corporate and Commercial Litigation Group. Employing his extensive leadership skills acquired from a litigation management position in a national law firm and his leadership of legal sections in the military, Manwaring will be responsible for managing the corporate and commercial litigation practice.

Former Corporate and Commercial Litigation Practice Chair Lewis H. Lazarus has been elevated to lead the firm’s Business Litigation Department. In his role as a leader and advisor, Lewis will provide high-level guidance regarding the strategic development of the firm’s litigation client services.

Outgoing Litigation Department Chair P. Clarkson Collins Jr. said, “Relinquishing this leadership role of our growing practice enables me to dedicate more time to my practice at Morris James, and I am excited about the direction we are taking. Our litigation practices are thriving due to sound leadership and robust client services, as well as the addition of several talented new hires and promotions.”

Before joining Morris James, Manwaring managed the Delaware litigation practice of one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States. Prior to law school, he served on active duty as a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, and then served as a staff judge advocate in charge of JAG sections that provided legal services to soldiers and their families in the U.S. Army Reserves. In 2010, Manwaring served in the Iraq War, where he received the Meritorious Honor Award from the State Department for his work supporting provincial reconstruction teams in the Rule of Law mission.

Manwaring concentrates his practice on corporate governance, fiduciary and business litigation. He is admitted to practice in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts. He received his juris doctor law degree, cum laude, from New England School of Law and his bachelor of science degree from Lehigh University.

In addition to chairing the Corporate and Commercial Practice for several years, Lazarus serves on the firm’s executive committee. He is the current co-chair of the Delaware Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission, and a former board member and vice chair of the Delaware Supreme Court’s board on professional responsibility. He focuses his practice on corporate governance and commercial matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery. He earned his juris doctor law degree from Stanford Law School and his bachelor of arts degree with high honors from Swarthmore College. Lazarus is admitted to practice in Delaware and speaks fluent Spanish.