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Judicial Officers of the Court of Chancery

     The Court of Chancery consists of one chancellor and four vice chancellors. The chancellor and vice chancellors are nominated by the Governor and must be confirmed by the Senate for 12-year terms. The Delaware Court of Chancery is a non-jury trial court that serves as Delaware's court of original and exclusive equity jurisdiction, and adjudicates a wide variety of cases involving trusts, real property, guardianships, civil rights, and commercial litigation. The chancellor and vice chancellors must be learned in the law and must be Delaware citizens.

Court of Chancery

Court of Chancery (pictured left to right)
Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster
Vice Chancellor John W. Noble
Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard
Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons, Jr.
Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III

 
  • Andre G. Bouchard
  • John W. Noble
  • Donald F. Parsons
  • J. Travis Laster
  • Sam Glasscock III
  • Masters in Chancery
Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard

Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard


     The Honorable Andre G. Bouchard was sworn in as Chancellor of the Court of Chancery on May 5, 2014.  Before his appointment, Chancellor Bouchard spent twenty-eight years in private practice in Wilmington, Delaware, including as the managing partner of Bouchard Margules & Friedlander, P.A., a corporate and commercial litigation boutique he founded.  Before forming his own firm, Chancellor Bouchard served as a corporate litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. 

     Chancellor Bouchard received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1986 and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Boston College in 1983, where he was the recipient of the Edward H. Finnegan Award.  He was selected as a Harry S. Truman Scholar from Delaware in 1981.  Chancellor Bouchard is a past Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Vice Chancellor Noble

Vice Chancellor John W. Noble

    
 The Honorable John W. Noble has been a Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery since November 2000. He holds a B.S. in Ch.E., magna cum laude, from Bucknell University and a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Following law school, he served as a federal district court law clerk and then practiced with Parkowski, Noble & Guerke, P.A., in Dover, Delaware.
Vice Chancellor Parsons

Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons


     Donald F. Parsons, Jr., became a Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware on October 22, 2003. He is a 1977 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and also received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University.

     Before joining the Court of Chancery, Vice Chancellor Parsons spent over twenty-four years at the firm of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell in Wilmington, Delaware, where he was a senior partner. While in private practice, he specialized in intellectual property litigation, participated in numerous jury and non-jury patent trials, and wrote several papers relating to intellectual property law. Before joining Morris, Nichols in 1979, Vice Chancellor Parsons clerked for the Honorable James L. Latchum of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. He also is a Past President of the Delaware State Bar Association.
Vice Chancellor Laster


Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster


     The Honorable J. Travis Laster was sworn in as Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery on October 9, 2009.  Prior to his appointment, he was one of the founding partners of Abrams & Laster LLP, a corporate law boutique specializing in high stakes litigation involving Delaware corporations and other business entities, and advising on transactional matters carrying a significant risk of litigation.  Before forming Abrams & Laster, he was a director in the Corporate Department of Richards, Layton & Finger P.A.  Before joining Richards Layton & Finger, he clerked for the Honorable Jane R. Roth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  

     Vice Chancellor Laster received his A.B summa cum laude from Princeton University and his J.D. and M.A. from the University of Virginia, where he served on the Virginia Law Review, was a member of the Order of the Coif, and received the Law School Alumni Association Award for Academic Excellence for having the best academic record in his graduating class.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, Delaware State Bar Association, and the Rodney Inn of Court.   

Vice Chancellor Glasscock


Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III


      The Honorable Sam Glasscock III was appointed as Vice Chancellor in 2011 after having served as Master in Chancery from 1999 to 2011. He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and spent most of his youth in Lewes, Delaware. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Delaware in 1979, a J.D. from Duke University in 1983 and a Master's Degree in Marine Policy from the University of Delaware in 1989. Before coming to the Court of Chancery, he worked as a judicial clerk, as an associate at Prickett, Jones, Elliott, Kristol & Schnee in the litigation section, as a Superior Court special discovery master and as a Deputy Attorney General in the Appeals Unit of the Department of Justice.  


Kim E. Ayvazian
Master in Chancery


    
Kim E. Ayvazian has been a Master in Chancery since November 2006.  She received a B.A. in History from Yale University in 1975 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1986.  Before joining the Court of Chancery, she was a Deputy Attorney General in the Appeals Unit of the Delaware Department of Justice, and a judicial law clerk.


Abigail LeGrow
Master in Chancery
    

     Abigail LeGrow became a Master in Chancery in October 2011.  Before joining the Court of Chancery, she was an associate in the Corporate Group of Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP and a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Jack B. Jacobs of the Delaware Supreme Court.  She graduated summa cum laude from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, and also received her B.A. in Political Science from Susquehanna University.


Past Members of the Court of Chancery
William Killen (1793-1801)
Nicholas Ridgely (1801-1830)
Kensey Johns, Sr. (1830-1832)
Kensey Johns, Jr. (1832-1857)
Samuel Maxwell Harrington (1857-1865)
Daniel Moore Bates (1865-1873)
Willard Saulsbury (1873-1892)
James L. Wolcott (1893-1895)
John Read Nicholson (1895-1909)
Charles Minot Curtis (1909-1921)
Josiah Oliver Wolcott (1921-1938)
George Burton Pearson, Jr. (1939-1946)
William Watson Harrington (1938-1950)
Daniel F. Wolcott (1950-1951)
Howard W. Bramhall (1951-1954)
Collins J. Seitz (1946-1966)

Issac D. Short, II (1961-1973)
William Duffy (1966-1973)
William T. Quillen (1973-1976)
William Marvel (1954-1982)
Joseph J. Longobardi (1982-1984)
Grover C. Brown (1973-1985)
Joseph T. Walsh (1984-1985)
Carolyn Berger (1984-1994)
Maurice A. Hartnett, III (1976-1994)
William T. Allen (1985-1997)
Bernard Balick (1994-1998)
Myron T. Steele (1994-2000)
Jack B. Jacobs (1985-2003)
Stephen P. Lamb (1997-2009)
William B. Chandler III (1989-2011)
Leo E. Strine, Jr. (1998-2014)