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Delaware is the premier jurisdiction for personal trusts. The state is at the forefront of trust law innovations and the infrastructure supporting Delaware’s trust industry is unmatched, with distinguished courts, a proactive legislature, a deep pool of professional advisers and the presence of almost every major financial institution. Delaware’s status as the best trust jurisdiction…

Senate confirms Supreme Court justices

DOVER – The Delaware Senate unanimously confirmed Justice Collins J. Seitz Jr. to take over the top spot on the high court and Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to ascend to the Supreme Court on Thursday, Nov. 7. Every member of the 21-seat Senate approved the nominations put forward by Gov. John Carney late last month.…

Carney’s Supreme Court picks draw praise

WILMINGTON – Gov. John Carney’s nomination of Justice Collins J. Seitz Jr. to lead the Delaware Supreme Court, and Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to back-fill Seitz’s seat on the bench is drawing praise from their peers and those closely watching the courts. The judicial moves, set off by the unexpected resignation of Chief Justice Leo…

Fond Farewells: Jack Jacob reflects on former Chancellor Bill Allen’s life and career

By Jack Jacobs On Oct. 13, the corporate legal community lost one of its finest: former Delaware Chancellor and professor at New York University School of Law, William T. Allen.  For 12 years Bill Allen and I served together as judicial colleagues on the Delaware Court of Chancery. For the two decades thereafter, in his…

Carney nominates Seitz, Montgomery-Reeves for top court

Gov. John Carney has nominated Justice Collins Jacques “CJ” Seitz Jr., son of well-known state jurist Collins Seitz, to be the next Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, while also nominating Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to fill Seitz’s seat, if confirmed. Montgomery-Reeves would be Delaware’s first black jurist on the state Supreme Court, ending…

Doug Gramiak, chief of staff for Gov. John Carney, is heading back to the private sector next month. The law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has announced the addition of Gramiak as senior government relations director in the firm’s Wilmington office, effective Nov. 1, 2019. “Doug is well respected in Delaware, and he will…

Many of you are aware of a recent series of television and print ads from a group calling itself Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware purporting to seek legislative changes to increase transparency and accountability in the Court of Chancery. In fact, this group’s goal is not to improve our judicial system, but instead, to unfairly malign…

Global law firm Hogan Lovells has hired former Delaware Bankruptcy Court Judge Kevin Carey as a partner in its Business Restructuring and Insolvency practice in Philadelphia starting October 1. He officially retired from the court on August 31. “Judge Carey’s superlative reputation is well earned—in his 18+ years on the bench, he presided over some…

Delaware’s lawsuit climate has reclaimed the number one ranking in the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform‘s (ILR) national survey. Starting in 2002, the state ranked in first place every year until dropping to 11th place in 2017. The drop in ranking took place after the General Assembly banned “loser pays” provisions in company bylaws…

After 36 years at Richards, Layton & Finger, Greg Varallo makes a move

It’s never too late for a second act. Gregory Varallo, an attorney with Richards, Layton & Finger for nearly four decades, has made a late-career leap into a new firm. His three-year term as president of RLF, which is Delaware’s largest law firm, ended June 30. Now he’s taking over the Wilmington office of investor-side…