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Francis G.X. Pileggi


    Francis Pileggi practices primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial litigation. His litigation practice emphasizes representation in high-stakes disputes of corporations, stockholders, members of boards of directors, members and managers of LLCs, and those with managerial or ownership interests in other forms of entities. He has extensive experience in matters involving fiduciary duties and corporate governance as well as summary proceedings under the Delaware General Corporation Law. Francis has also been certified as a mediator.

    For many years Francis served as the Managing Partner of the Delaware office as well as on the firm’s Executive Committee, and is a current member of the firm’s Compensation Committee. 

    Francis created and maintains the Delaware Corporate and Commercial Litigation Blog at, which was named one of LexisNexis’ Top 25 Business Law Blogs and was selected for inclusion in the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 in 2011 and 2012. In turn, he has been described as “a brand name in Delaware corporate litigation.”

    He also has enjoyed success in litigating, in both federal and state appellate courts, groundbreaking Second Amendment cases and related constitutional issues on behalf of civil rights organizations. In 2015 and 2019, he was honored with The Chief Justice William Killen Award for Distinguished Second Amendment Appellate Advocacy.

    He is a co-editor of the firm’s Artificial Intelligence Law Blog.

    Francis recently published a book entitled, American Legal Ethics: A Retrospective from 1997 to 2018 (Outskirts Press, 2018). available on

    Francis has represented townships in Delaware County and Chester County, Pennsylvania, as special counsel on litigation matters. He has also represented a school district in Delaware County and educational and nonprofit institutions in Pennsylvania and elsewhere on corporate governance, litigation, and related issues.

    He has represented governmental entities and private parties in connection with the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law, and he is the co-editor of a blog that provides commentary and insights on that law.

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