Marla H. Norton is a director at Bayard. She concentrates her practice on business entity law (corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and statutory trusts), business law and third-party legal opinions.
Marla has approximately thirty (30) years of experience in corporate and commercial transactions, including securitization transactions, corporate and alternative entity formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiation and drafting, and secured lending.
Marla participates in the American Bar Association Business Law Section LLC, Partnership and Unincorporated Entities Committee, the Legal Opinions Committee, the Middle Market and Small Business Committee, and the Forum on Franchising. She chairs the ABA Model Shareholders Agreement Task Force.
She was an ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission (formerly NCCUSL) Series Study Committee in 2012 and the Drafting Committee for the Limited Liability Company Protected Series Act. As a member of the Commercial Law and Corporation Law Sections of the Delaware State Bar Association, Marla is active on the Delaware State Bar Association’s Partnership and LLC Committee and the Statutory Trust Committee.
Marla serves on the Legislative Committee of the Delaware Captive Insurance Association. She is a member of the Delaware chapters of the Forum of Executive Woman and the National Association of Women Business Owners (“NAWBO DE”) and served on the NAWBO DE Board from 2001 through 2008.
Marla spent a great deal of time working with The Delaware Contemporary, a non-collecting art museum in Wilmington, Delaware where she served as Secretary and a Board Member from 2009-2015. She also served on the Board of Directors of Temple Beth El in Newark, Delaware for over a decade and as President from 2010-2012.
Marla frequently lectures on topics including choice of business entity and buying and selling businesses. She offers a vast array of business and financial transactional experience and knowledge to her clients and the firm.
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