Ellisa O. Habbart, Partner

Ellisa O. Habbart

Ellisa Opstbaum Habbart is a founding partner of The Delaware Counsel Group LLC (“DCG”), and exclusively represents Delaware corporations and alternative entities in national and international business transactions.

Founding partner Ellisa Opstbaum Habbart is listed in Chambers USA as one of Delaware’s top lawyers. She has received this honor each year Chambers has conducted law rankings. Clients have described her as “extremely intelligent.” According to Chambers in 2017, “Ms. Habbart has been praised for her ability to really understand corporate/M&A and alternative entities. She is able to provide accurate, timely, relevant and strateigc advice. She has an excellent listening capacity and is business minded and practical.”

Ms. Habbart has extensive experience advising lawyers globally on the Delaware law aspects of complex transactions and governance issues with a Delaware connection. Outside counsel and in-house counsel of Fortune 100 companies, private equity and venture capital firms and major financial institutions worldwide rely on Ms. Habbart as their guide on Delaware law.

Described as “very plugged in to Delaware legal developments,” Ms. Habbart has consistently been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a top practitioner in the fields of Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions & Alternative Entities. According to Chambers, clients say “her responsiveness, pragmatism and practicality  really  stand  out,”  and  “she  is  very knowledgeable, her opinions are thorough and accurate, and she is personable and easy to work with.”  She is also rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers published by Who’s Who Legal, the official research partner of the International Bar Association. Ellisa O. Habbart  

Prior to founding DCG, Ms. Habbart was an associate (1988-1993) and partner (1993-1999) with Prickett Jones & Elliott in Wilmington, Del., and was the managing partner of the Delaware office of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young (1999-2004).


Delaware Counsel Group LLP

Leadership Positions

International Bar Association (“IBA”)

  • Current Secretary of Corporate Governance Subcommittee of IBA Corporate/M&A Committee
  • Former Corporate Governance Monitor and Vice-Chair of the IBA Private Equity Subcommittee

American Bar Association (“ABA”)

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the ABA Committee on LLC’s, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities since 1995 and Vice Chair since 2010
  • Chair of the ABA Use of U.S. Business Entities Subcommittee
  • Former ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on the Uniform Statutory Trust Entity Act
  • Former Chair of the ABA Subcommittee on Business Trusts, REITS and Financing Vehicles

Delaware State Bar Association

  • Appointee to the Delaware State Bar Association committee responsible for legislative amendments to Delaware’s business statutes since 1990

Delaware Bankers Association



National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms



  • Delaware Chapter, The Corporate Governance Review
  • Delaware Limited Liability Company: Forms and Practice Manual
  • Delaware Chapter, Partnerships, Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances on Delaware Limited Partnerships
  • Directors and Officers Checklist, IBA Corporate and M&A Committee
  • US Chapter Treasury Shares Guide, IBA Corporate and M&A Committee
  • Don’t Let the Name Fool You: Delaware Statutory Trusts Are Controlled by Contract
  • American Bar Association Publication Business Law Today
  • Delaware Chapter Private Fund Dispute Resolution
  • The Private Equity Journal: “Is a Delaware LLC the Answer to Address Risks of Personal Liability in Private Equity Investments in Brazil?”


  • Villanova University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Drexel University, Masters in Taxation
  • Temple University, Bachelor of Business Administration

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania


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