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Professional Experience: 

Carmella Keener began her legal career as a judicial law clerk in the Delaware Superior Court, managing complex construction claim and complex insurance coverage litigations for three judges. Since 1991, she has focused her practice in corporate and commercial litigation, representing stockholders in class and derivative litigations pending before the Delaware Court of Chancery. She has also served as Delaware counsel in admiralty and class actions before the Delaware District Court. Since 1991, she has represented a number of insurance companies in insurance coverage disputes in the Delaware Superior Court, including in the Complex Commercial Litigation Division.

Carmella has served on the e-Filing Subcommittee to the Court of Chancery Rules Committee, has served as a New Castle County Co-Chairperson for the Delaware State Bar Association's Combined Campaign for Justice, and is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association. 

Carmella’s recent successes in cases where she had a significant role include:

  • A $16.25 million settlement of a derivative litigation alleging Brophy claims
  • Summary judgment on behalf of an insurer in a complex insurance coverage case, which was affirmed on appeal to the Delaware Supreme Courts
  • Jury verdict on behalf of insurer on complex insurance coverage claim, affirmed on appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court
  • Multi-million dollar settlement of a derivative litigation with an immediate distribution of the net proceeds to the shareholders
  • A $52 million settlement of a class action on behalf of minority shareholders on the eve of  trial on fiduciary duty claims in connection with a merger
  • Settlement of claims after trial on behalf of minority shareholders cashed out for nominal consideration in a going-private transaction, which settlement resulted in gross additional consideration worth 6.7 times more than the original consideration
  • Representing the indenture trustee of a bondholders committee and achieving on behalf of the committee partial summary judgment regarding issues of default under the indenture
  • Summary judgment on behalf of insurance companies in coverage litigation regarding insurers’ obligation to pay tobacco-related illness and death claims
Delaware, 1990
Delaware District Court, 1990
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Rutgers University School of Law, 1988
Lafayette College, B.A. International Affairs, 1985
Lafayette College, B.A. Government and Law, 1985
Delaware State Bar Association Combined Campaign for Justice, New Castle County Co-Chairperson (2006-2014); General Co-Chair (2015-2016); Lead Chair (2017)
Delaware State Bar Association Executive Committee (2008-2009)
Personal and Community Activities: 
Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (Delaware) (Vice-President/President Elect 2018-2019)
Special Olympics Delaware Summer Games Organizing Committee (1998 - present)
President of the Board of Directors of CLASI (2019-Present)
Honors and Awards: 
Tax Law Honors
American Jurisprudence Award, Property Law
American Jurisprudence Award, Commercial Paper