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Brian Gottesman has been a partner with Berger Harris since shortly after its founding, and is the head of its Corporate/Business Entity Counseling practice group.


He has extensive experience counseling corporations and closely-held alternative entities (including limited liability companies, Delaware statutory trusts, and limited partnerships) on issues relating to their governance and management.

Brian has served as counsel in acquisitions, business formations, the establishment of subsidiaries and holding companies and sales of assets and equitable interest.He also provides opinions on Delaware law relating to limited liability companies, business trusts and other Delaware entities involved in real estate acquisitions, business mergers and other transactions.


In addition to his transaction work, Brian has extensive experience with litigation in Delaware courts, particularly in the Court of Chancery. Brian has represented clients in breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and business divorce actions, as well as a wide array of other corporate and commercial litigation matters.

Brian graduated from Harvard Law School in 2003. Prior to joining Berger Harris, he was a member of the Business Law and Venture Capital practice groups at the law firm of Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP, where he worked with clients ranging from multinational conglomerates to single-member startups.

Brian has written numerous articles dealing with limited liability companies and Delaware statutory trusts, as well as the history of trade and trade law. He is the general editor and co-author of the Delaware Statutory Trusts Manual (Matthew Bender, 2010).

Brian is also active in the community. He serves pro bono as an attorney guardian ad litem for the Office of the Child Advocate. Brian is a member of the Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court and the Carpenter-Walsh Pro Bono Inn of Court, and served from 2004 until 2009 as an Associate Member of the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners.


Languages spoken: English, Hebrew

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Berger Harris

1105 N. Market Street
11th Floor
Wilmington, DE, 19801

Practice areas


  1. M & A: 20%
    3 years
  2. Litigation: 20%
    3 years
  3. Corporate: 20%
    3 years
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 20%
    3 years
  5. Business: 20%
    3 years



Hourly ($350-400/hour), contingent (25-35%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Delaware Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2013
Delaware Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2012
5 Year Volunteer Service AwardOffice of the Child Advocate2009
Highest DistinctionUniversity of Rochester History Department2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateConnolly Bove Lodge & Hutz2003 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Richard S. Rodney American Inn of CourtN/AN/A
Phi Beta KappaN/AN/A
Phi Alpha ThetaN/AN/A
Harvard Law School AssociationN/AN/A
Delaware State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Carpenter-Walsh Delaware Pro Bono American Inn of CourtN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Delaware Board of Bar ExaminersAssociate Member2004 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Slicer v. Hill, C.A. No. 08C-04-191 MJB (Del. Super.)Summary judgment granted to Berger Harris's clients. Plaintiff appealed but appeal was withdrawn without settlement prior to Supreme Court hearing
Hockessin Community Center, Inc. v. Swift, 2012 WL 4789686 (Del. Ch. October 5, 2012)Verdict in favor of Berger Harris's clients. Verdict set standards for governance of nonstock corporations.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Brian Gottesman, et al.Delaware Statutory Trusts Manual2010
Topics for Consideration in the Issuance and Acceptance of Delaware LLC OpinionsMore than Bargained For? (Co-written with Scott Swenson)2009
Commercial Real Estate Financing 2006: What Borrowers and Lenders Need to KnowDelaware Entities and Opinion Letters (Co-written with Richard Levin)2006
The Bencher: The Magazine of the American Inns of CourtGudmund's Solution2006
In Re: The Journal of the Delaware State Bar AssociationThe Silent Wife2006
Encyclopedia of World Trade: From Ancient Times to the Present, Vol. 3Piracy2005
Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, Vol. 3Karabag2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor (Magna Cum Laude)2003
University of RochesterHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
University of RochesterN/ACertificate in International Relations2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rendering Third-Party Legal Opinions on LLC Status, Power, Action, Enforceability and Membership InterestsRendering Third-Party Legal Opinions on LLC Status, Power, Action, Enforceability and Membership Interests2015
Family BusinessCastBenefits of Incorporating Your Business in Delaware2014
Family BusinessCastHow an operating agreement can help manage conflict in the family business2013