Brett M. McCartney / Director

Brett M. McCartney is a director at Bayard. He concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate governance and complex commercial litigation, stockholder litigation, fiduciary duties, alternative entity disputes, class action, and derivative litigation.

Brett represents stockholders, directors and officers in litigation in the Court of Chancery in a variety of matters, including demands for appraisal, dissolution, advancement of legal fees and expenses, requests for inspection of corporate books and records, claims regarding the election of directors and fiduciary duty disputes. Brett also represents corporations involving claims arising out of Delaware’s General Corporation Law.  Brett represents financial advisors and investment banks in connection with litigation involving mergers and acquisitions and other transactions.

Brett also has extensive experience representing special committees of Delaware corporations. He advises special committees in a variety of circumstances, including mergers, controlling stockholder conflicted transactions, debt issuances, asset sales, strategic alternatives explorations and investigations into stockholder litigation demands. Brett has co-authored sections of an upcoming ABA treatise on special committees as well as stockholder rights plans.

Brett is regularly published in the Delaware Business Court Insider and presently sits as a member of the editorial board for the ABA Corporate Governance Committee’s InSight publication. Brett has been recognized as a Business Litigation Rising Star by Delaware Super Lawyers®.  In 2019, Brett was recognized in Delaware Today magazine’s Top Lawyer edition for his work in corporate law.  Additionally, Benchmark Litigation named Brett a Local Litigation Star in its 2021 publication.

Professional Biography

Bar Admissions:

  • Delaware, 2008
  • Pennsylvania, 2003

Court Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


  • American Bar Association
  • Delaware Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court


  • B.A., James Madison University, 2000
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2003


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