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Joseph B Cicero

Litigation Attorney at Wilmington, DE

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State DE
    Acquired 2003
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About Joseph

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Joe is a litigator and corporate counselor. While Joe litigates in all of Delaware’s state and federal courts, he specializes in corporate and alternative entity governance litigation in the Court of Chancery.   Joe’s Chancery litigation practice covers a broad range of matters, such as breach of fiduciary duty claims, corporate control issues, mergers and acquisitions, going-private transactions, corporate restructuring, proxy contests, preferred stock designations, stock repurchases, dissolutions, charter and bylaw amendments, and statutory proceedings under Delaware’s General Corporation Law.


Joe also represents clients in complex commercial litigation in state and federal court, including bankruptcy court.   He handles a wide variety of cases involving contracts, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, business torts, trade secrets, financial instruments, debtor and creditor rights, director and officer liability, and intellectual property litigation.


Joe previously was a Shareholder in the Litigation Practice Group of Greenberg Traurig LLP.


While in law school, Joe was a Wolcott law clerk to the Honorable Randy J. Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court.


Chipman Brown Cicero & Cole, LLP
Hercules Plaza
1313 N. Market Street, Suite 5400
Wilmington, DE, 19801


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Posted by John | October 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Head of the CLASS
This review is a pleasure to draft and will only highlight a fraction of the respect and admiration that Joe has demonstrated during our three year business engagement. I and a partner hired Joe after being highly recommended from another law DE law firm. Without this sounding like a simplified description of our interactions, he's a very easy and comforting attorney to interface with. He's always fully prepared and efficient in his approach when discussing any of the elements that are needed to prevail. Joe combines the ability to strategize the ultimate objective by piecing together the series of facts and legal facets that wind thru any complicated filing, trail preperation and courtroom success. Joe offers the opportunity to feel confident that each stage of litigation and negioation is being handled at the highest professional level. He's made a very complicated legal case flow smoothly while some former attorney's make relatively simple cases into convoluted messes. The greatest compliment in business is a repeat customer and I'm a lifetime supporter of Joe's legal work and equally important, the class he bring's to the legal field as a whole.
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Posted by Brian | September 25, 2017
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Cicero a Very Competent and Attentive Attorney
I retained Joseph over an eight-month period to handle the litigation on a reverse triangular stock valuation. I found Joseph to be very legally competent, attentive, and sensitive to my budget needs. It was a highly emotional and frustrating experience but Joseph navigated us through all of the legal issues and we obtained the best settlement that was legally possible. I think that Joseph was diplomatically candid about the legal merits of our case and was careful to let me know what our real chances were for success from the beginning so that I did not pursue any unwise strategies. He did not sugarcoat the issues but I always found him to be optimistic in pursuing the best outcome for our interest. I found him to be very careful to control the legal expenses that we would incur, which I very much appreciated. I also think that he was good at just listening to my occasional venting as I ran into repeated frustrations caused by the legal complications of our case. I would highly recommend him for corporate litigation matters.
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Posted by Jonathan | September 23, 2017
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a fighter in your corner
We were the plaintiffs against a very deep-pocketed set of VC firms (these would be household names among the tech community), who we alleged misappropriated funds when a technology company we co-founded was sold. Joe was referred to us and upon mutual consideration agreed to take the case on contingency. The case took a couple of years to wind through the legal system given the behavior of the defendants. We eventually obtained a favorable (mediated) settlement. He earned his keep, never lost his composure, worked through challenging legal and business matters, and was not put off by technical issues (though these were few). I would work with Joe again if ever in that unfortunate situation. But I would never start a company with those VC firms again.
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Posted by Dave | September 22, 2017
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Diligent, Caring, Professional
We have found working with Mr. Cicero to be one of the best experiences we have had with regard to legal matters (which is saying a lot). Joe has proven himself to be extremely thorough and knowledgeable. Throughout our case he's tenaciously defended our position with brilliant and pragmatic strategizing while remaining empathetic, gracious and kind. Highly recommended.
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Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Greenberg Taurig
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Potter Anderson & Corroon, LLP
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Wolcott Law Clerk
  • Delaware Supreme Court (The Hon. Randy J. Holland)
  • 2002 - 2003
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  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Israel Discount Bank of New York v. First State Depository
  • Obtained $8.9 million judgment after trial and appeal affirming award
  • Canmore v. L.O.M. Medical International
  • Lindsey v. ZettaCore
  • Settled


  • St. Thomas More Society
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
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  • ABA Section of Business Law
  • Contributing Author, “Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation”
  • 2009
  • International Law Office-Legal Newsletter
  • Co-Author, “Court Rejects Direct Creditor Claims for Breach of Directors’ Fiduciary Duty”
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Thirteenth Annual Business Lawyer's Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Corporate Governance 101
  • 2007

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Wilmington Litigation Lawyer Joseph B Cicero
Joseph B Cicero
Litigation Attorney
Wilmington, DE
Licensed for 20 years