Founding Partner, Chimicles & Tikellis LLP (Retired)
ESG Center Fellow
Pamela S. Tikellis is a senior fellow with The Conference Board ESG Center. She was a founding partner of Chimicles & Tikellis LLP, a leading national law firm specializing in prosecuting complex federal and state representative litigation. Tikellis has been recognized for her extensive knowledge in areas of Delaware corporate law, fiduciary responsibility, securities and investments and matters related to protecting and promoting the rights of institutional investors. For thirty five years, she litigated some of the landmark cases regarding corporate governance issues, mergers and acquisitions, stockholders’ rights and other matters regarding corporate and securities litigation.
For example, Tikellis served as Co-Lead Counsel in the class action challenging the $21 billion management-led buyout of Kinder Morgan, Inc., In re Kinder Morgan, Inc. Shareholders Litigation, Consol. C.A. No. 06-C-801 (Kan.). That action resulted in the creation of a $200 million settlement fund one of the largest common funds in a merger and acquisition settlement.
She served as Co-Lead Counsel in the Court of Chancery derivative litigation City of Roseville Employees Retirement System, et. al. v Lawrence J. Ellison, et. al., C.A. No. 6900-CS. That action arose out of Oracle Corporation’s acquisition of Pillar Data Systems, Inc. and alleged that the acquisition of Pillar was unfair to Oracle to Ellison’s benefit. The settlement of this case resulted in Ellison’s agreeing to return 95 percent of the amount Oracle paid for Pillar. The settlement created a benefit for Oracle and its shareholders valued at $440 million and is one of the larger derivative settlements in the history of the Court of Chancery.
Tikellis has written extensively on topics ranging from corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, stockholder derivative suits and ethics, and has been a frequent speaker at industry events and continuing legal education programs including the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems, the Practicing Law Institute, the American Association of Justice, the American Bar Association, the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Bar Association.
Named repeatedly in Chambers and Partners as a Leading Individual, Tikellis is “very experienced, dogged and knowledgeable in Delaware corporate law.” “She has significant expertise in securities fraud, antitrust and other complex litigation.”