The Court of Chancery
(Seated left to right)
Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III
Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III
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.
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, most recently as the managing partner of a corporate and commercial litigation boutique he founded in 1996. Before forming his own firm, Chancellor Bouchard served as a corporate litigator in the Delaware office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Chancellor Bouchard spent most of his youth in Delaware, graduating from Salesianum School in 1979. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Boston College in 1983, where he was the recipient of the Edward H. Finnegan Award, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986. He was selected as a Harry S. Truman Scholar from Delaware in 1981.
Chancellor Bouchard previously served as Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission, Chairman of the Delaware State Human Relations Commission, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Health Information Network, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of St. Francis Hospital, and as a member of numerous other boards and commissions, including the Criminal Justice Council and Sentencing and Accountability Commission. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of The American Law Institute.
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 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.
Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves
The Honorable Tamika Montgomery-Reeves was sworn in as a Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery on November 25, 2015. Before her appointment, Vice Chancellor Montgomery-Reeves was a partner in the Wilmington, Delaware office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, focusing on corporate governance, navigation of corporate fiduciary duties, stockholder class action litigation, derivative litigation, and complex commercial litigation. Before that, she practiced in the securities and corporate governance department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York. Prior to joining Weil, Gotshal, Vice Chancellor Montgomery-Reeves served as a law clerk for Chancellor William B. Chandler III of the Delaware Court of Chancery.
Vice Chancellor Montgomery-Reeves received her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2006, and a B.A. from the University of Mississippi in 2003. She received recognition for her pro bono contribution to the Prisoners’ Rights Project and has served as a member of the Court of Chancery Rules Committee and a sub-committee member to the Delaware Access to Justice Commission.
Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III
The Honorable Joseph R. Slights III was sworn in as a Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery on March 28, 2016. Before his appointment, Vice Chancellor Slights was a partner in the Delaware law firm Morris James LLP where he practiced corporate and business litigation and chaired the firm's Alternative Dispute Resolution practice group. Before that, he served a twelve year term as a Judge on the Superior Court of Delaware where, among other assignments, he was instrumental in forming the Court's Complex Commercial Litigation Division. Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Vice Chancellor Slights worked as a litigator in the Delaware law firms Sidney Balick PA and Richards, Layton & Finger PA.
Vice Chancellor Slights received his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1988, and his B.S. in Political Science from James Madison University in 1985. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association and the Delaware Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and past-President of the Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court.
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.
Master in Chancery
Morgan Zurn became a Master in Chancery in March 2016. Before joining the Court, she was a Deputy Attorney General at the Delaware Department of Justice and previously worked as an associate at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP. Ms. Zurn served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Richard G. Andrews of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. She graduated cum laude with dual degrees in bioethics and law from the University of Pennsylvania and received her B.A. from the University of Virginia.
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)
Donald F. Parsons, Jr. (2003-2015)
John W. Noble (2000-2016)