William Savitt

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William D. Savitt
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BornSeptember 30, 1964
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Lawyer
  • Partner
  • Co-chairman of the Litigation department

William D. Savitt (born September 30, 1964) is an American lawyer, partner, and co-chairman of the Litigation department of the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, the most profitable law firm in the world.Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz specializes in advising on mergers and acquisitions and matters affecting corporate policy and strategy.[1] He is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School, teaching courses on Transactional Litigation.[2] Savitt is perhaps best known for the eponymous "Savitt Motion," which is "a motion filed by defendants in M&A litigation asking the competing courts with litigation based on the same transaction to reach a decision about the appropriate forum for the case."[3] The Savitt Motion has also been referred to as "The One Forum Motion" in some circumstances, although the motion has been coined the "Savitt Motion" by multiple institutions including the Northwestern University School of Law, [3] The Washington & Lee Law Review [4], and most importantly by the Delaware Court of Chancery, which encourages litigants to file a Savitt Motion if multiple suits are filed over the same alleged misdeed. [5] In addition to several other works, Savitt co-authored "The Many Myths of Lucian Bebchuk" with Martin Lipton, founding partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.[6]


  1. "William Savitt, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz: Profile and Biography". Bloomberg.com.
  2. "William Savitt". www.law.columbia.edu.
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://scholarlycommons.law.northwestern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1094&context=nulr
  4. https://scholarlycommons.law.wlu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4312&context=wlulr
  5. "Court Of Chancery Explains Lead Counsel Selection Process". www.morrisjames.com.
  6. http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/bebchuk/pdfs/07_response_Lipton-Savitt.pdf

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