Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection


Board of Trustees


Trustees

Francis J. Jones, Jr. Esquire CHAIR
Morris James LLP
803 North Broom Street
P.O. Box 2328
Wilmington, DE 19899-2328

term expiration:
10/1/2017, third term

Francis J. Jones, Jr., an attorney member, is a partner with Morris James in Wilmington, Delaware. He is a graduate of Catholic University of America and Catholic University Columbus School of Law. Mr. Jones's practice focuses upon plaintiff's personal injury litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Jones is admitted to practice in Delaware; Maryland and U.S. District Court, District of Delaware. Mr. Jones was appointed to the Board as an Associate Trustee on December 5, 2002; reappointed as a Trustee on May 2, 2005 and then as Chair of the Fund on October 2, 2007; reappointed again as Chair on October 1, 2013. Mr. Jones 's term as Chair will expire on October 1, 2017.



Margaret R. Cooper

term expiration:
1/18/2019, second term

Margaret R. Cooper, an attorney member. She is a graduate of Colorado State University and Widener University School of Law. Ms. Cooper was featured as one of Delaware's Top Lawyers in the August, 2006 edition of Delaware Today. Ms. Cooper served as a judicial law clerk in the Kent County Family Court. Ms. Cooper is employed by the Department of Justice in Georgetown, Delaware. Ms. Cooper was appointed to the Board as a Trustee on January 17, 2011. Ms. Cooper's first term as a Trustee will expire on January 18, 2019.



N. Christopher Griffiths, Esquire
Connolly Gallagher LLP

term expiration:
1/27/2020, first term

N. Christopher Griffiths, an attorney member, is an associate at Connolly Gallagher LLP. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Villanova University School of Law. His practice includes, administrative and government law; corporate and commercial litigation; corporate counseling; bankruptcy law; general litigation; and DUI defense. Mr. Griffiths was appointed to the Board as an Associate Trustee on June 1, 2015, reappointed as a Trustee on January 27, 2017. Mr. Griffiths’first term will expire on January 27, 2020.



David C. Hutt, Esquire
Morris James Wilson Halbrook & Bayard LLP
107 W. Market Street
P.O. Box 690
Georgetown, DE 19947

term expiration:
10/25/2017, first term

David C. Hutt, an attorney member, is a partner with Morris James Wilson Halbrook & Bayard, LLP, Georgetown, Delaware. He is a graduate of Bob Jones University and Temple University School of Law. Mr. Hutt practices in the areas of civil litigation, having represented plaintiffs and defendants in all of Delaware's State Courts, planning and zoning and transactional work including residential real estate transactions and business and commercial transactions. Mr. Hutt was appointed to the Board as an Associate Trustee on March 28, 2013; reappointed as a Trustee on October 25, 2013. Mr. Hutt's first term as a Trustee will expire on October 25, 2017.



George Boysen Meldrum
(Public Member)
Senior Advisor
Community and Government Affairs
Nemours Health & Prevention Services
252 Chapman Road, Suite 200
Newark, DE 19702

term expiration:
6/24/2017, first term

George Boysen Meldrum, a non-lawyer member, was appointed to the Board on June 24, 2013. Mr. Meldrum is currently the Senior Advisor for Government & Community Affairs and a Registered Lobbyist for the Nemours Foundation. Mr. Meldrum also currently serves on the Executive Council of AARP, the Board of Directors of the Delaware Children's Museum, Common Cause of Delaware, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Delaware Arts Alliance and the University Schools Alliance. He is a member of the Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse and Mental Health, is a member of the Manufactured Home Relocation Authority, a member of the Department of Services for Children, Youth & their Families Advisory Council, serves on the Advisory Council of Equality Delaware and is on the Arcadia University MPH Advisory Board. Mr. Meldrum's first term as a Trustee will expire on June 24, 2017.



Ricardo Palacio, Esquire
Ashby & Geddes, P.A.
500 Delaware Avenue
P.O. Box 1150
Wilmington, DE 19899

term expiration:
10/25/2017, first term

Ricardo Palacio, an attorney member, is a director of the firm's bankruptcy and insolvency practice with Ashby & Geddes, in Wilmington, Delaware. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Villanova University School of Law. Mr. Palacio's practice focuses on bankruptcy and insolvency. Mr. Palacio is admitted to practice in Delaware, United States District Court for the District of Delaware and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Palacio was appointed to the Board as an Associate Trustee on October 25, 2007; reappointed as a Trustee on October 25, 2013. Mr. Palacio's first term as a Trustee will expire on October 25, 2017.



Deval Patel-Lennon, Esquire

term expiration:
05/08/2019, first term

Deval Patel-Lennon, an attorney member. She is a graduate of SUNY at Stoney Brook and the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. Ms. Patel-Lennon's practice focuses on real estate law, estate planning, bankruptcy, personal injury, and military law. Ms. Patel-Lennon is admitted to practice in Delaware, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania. Ms. Patel-Lennon was appointed to the Board as a Trustee on May 8, 2015. Ms. Patel-Lennon's first term as a Trustee will expire on May 8, 2019.


Benjamin A. Schwartz, Esquire
Schwartz & Schwartz
1140 South State Street
P. O. Box 541
Dover, DE 19903

term expiration:
11/30/2019, first term

Benjamin A. Schwartz, an attorney member, is the managing partner of Schwartz & Schwartz, in Dover, Delaware. Mr. Schwartz's practice focuses on serious personal injury and death as the result of negligent, careless or reckless behavior. Mr. Schwartz was admitted to practice in Delaware in 2001. Mr. Schwartz was appointed to the Board as an Associate Trustee on October 25, 2013; reappointed as a Trustee on November 30, 2016. Mr. Schwartz's first term as a Trustee will expire on November 30, 2019.



Scott T. Smith

term expiration:
01/07/2018, first term

Scott T. Smith, a non-lawyer member, was appointed to the Board on January 7, 2015. Mr. Smith is a Senior Case Manager with the law firm Schwartz & Schwarz where he will be working with attorneys in the firm to manage and consult on personal injury and wrongful death claims. He will also be available for mediation in wrongful death and personal injury claims. From 2001 to 2014 Mr. Smith was a Claims Specialist III with Nationwide Insurance Company. Mr. Smith is a graduate of Penn State University. Mr. Smith's first term as a Trustee will expire on January 7, 2018.



Associate Trustees

Leslie C. DiPietro, Esquire
Procino-Wells & Woodland LLC
225 High Street
Seaford, DE 19973

17252 N. Village Main Blvd. Unit 16
Lewes, DE 19958

term expiration:
10/25/2017, first term

Leslie C. DiPietro, an attorney member, is an associate at Procino-Wells & Woodland, LLC in Lewes and Seaford, Delaware. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and Stetson University College of Law. She also received a certificate in estate planning from Temple University School of Law. Ms. DiPietro`s practice focuses on estate planning, estate administration, 1031 exchanges, adult guardianship matters and business law. Ms. DiPietro is admitted to practice in Delaware and Maryland. Ms. DiPietro was appointed to the Board as an Associate Trustee on October 25, 2013. Ms. DiPietro`s term will expire on October 25, 2017.



Reneta L. Green-Streett, Esquire
Young & McNelis
300 South State Street
Dover, DE 19903

term expiration:
11/30/2019, first term

Reneta L. Green-Streett, an attorney member, is a magna cum laude graduate from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She attended the William & Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law where she served as a graduate fellow. Following a year of judicial clerkship with the Honorable Robert B. Young of the Delaware Superior Court in Kent County, Delaware she began practicing with Young & McNelis in 2010. Ms. Green-Streett’s practice focuses on civil litigation. Ms. Green-Streett was appointed to the Board as an Associate Trustee on November 30, 2016. Ms. Green-Streett’s term will expire on November 30, 2019.



Brian C. Ralston, Esquire
Potter Anderson Corroon, LLP

term expiration:
1/27/2020, first term

Brian C. Ralston, an attorney member, is a partner at Potter Anderson Corroon, LLP. He is a graduate of Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, J.D. and Villanova University, B.A. Mr. Ralston’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial litigation, including extensive experience in stockholder class and derivative actions relating to mergers, acquisitions, tender offers and proxy contests, statutory proceedings pursuant to the Delaware General Corporation Law, and proceedings involving the internal corporate governance of Delaware corporations. Mr. Ralston is admitted to practice in Delaware, District Court for the District of Delaware and Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Ralston was appointed to the Board as an Associate Trustee on January 27, 2017. Mr. Ralston’s term will expire on January 27, 2020.



John L. Reed, Esquire
DLA Piper, LLP
919 N. Market Street
Suite 1500
Wilmington, DE 19801

term expiration:
1/27/2018, second term

John L. Reed, an attorney member, is a partner with DLA Piper, LLP, in Wilmington, Delaware. He is a graduate of Villanova University and Widener University School of Law. Mr. Reed's practice focuses on litigation, intellectual property and public finance. Mr. Reed is admitted to practice in Delaware, Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, U.S. District Court, Delaware, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Reed was appointed to the Board as an Associate Trustee on January 28, 2008. Mr. Reed's term will expire on January 27, 2018.



D. Benjamin Snyder, Esquire
Department of Justice
102 W. Water Street, Suite 3
Dover, DE 19904

term expiration:
11/30/2019, second term

D. Benjamin Snyder, an attorney member, is an Attorney's General in Dover, Delaware. He is a graduate of James Madison University and the Dickinson School of Law. Mr. Snyder's practice focuses on Commercial Litigation, Commercial and Residential Real Estate Transactions, General Business, Corporate Practice, Administrative Law and Bankruptcy. Mr. Snyder is admitted to practice in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Mr. Snyder was appointed to the Board as an Associate Trustee on November 30, 2009. Mr. Snyder's term will expire on November 30, 2019.



Supreme Court Liaison

The Honorable Randy Holland
Supreme Court of Delaware
34 The Circle
P.O. Box 369
Georgetown, DE 19947



Executive Director

Bunny J. Christopher
Supreme Court of Delaware
405 N. King Street, Suite 420,
Wilmington, DE 19801



Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection of the Supreme Court of Delaware
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Phone: (302) 651-3942   |   Email: bunny.christopher@state.de.us