The Court of Chancery consists of one chancellor and six 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.
The Court of Chancery
(Seated left to right)
Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard (retired May 2021), Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III
Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III, Chancellor Kathaleen St. J. McCormick, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves (now a Justice on the Supreme Court), Vice Chancellor Morgan T. Zurn
Vice Chancellor Paul A. Fioravanti, Jr. (not pictured)
Chancellor Kathaleen S. McCormick
The Honorable Kathaleen S. McCormick was sworn in as Chancellor of the Court of Chancery on May 6, 2021. Chancellor McCormick first joined the court as Vice Chancellor on November 1, 2018. Prior to joining the Court, Chancellor McCormick was a partner in the Delaware law firm Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, where she focused her practice on litigating internal governance and corporate disputes, primarily in the Court of Chancery. Before entering private practice, Chancellor McCormick was a staff attorney with the Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
Chancellor McCormick received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her law degree from Notre Dame Law School. She is a Delaware native and a graduate of Smyrna High.
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 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.
Vice Chancellor Morgan T. Zurn
The Honorable Morgan T. Zurn was sworn in as a Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery on October 4, 2018, after having served as a Master in Chancery since March 2016. Before joining the Court, she was a Deputy Attorney General at the Delaware Department of Justice, first in the Consumer Protection Unit and, later, arguing appeals before the Delaware Supreme Court. Prior to joining the AG’s office, Vice Chancellor Zurn was a patent litigator in private practice.
Vice Chancellor 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 holds a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, and a Master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a B.A., with distinction, from the University of Virginia.
Vice Chancellor Paul A. Fioravanti, Jr.
The Honorable Paul A. Fioravanti, Jr. was sworn in as a Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery on February 10, 2020. Prior to joining the Court, Vice Chancellor Fioravanti was a director at the law firm of Prickett, Jones & Elliott, P.A. in Wilmington, Delaware, where his practice focused primarily on corporate and commercial litigation in the Court of Chancery.
Vice Chancellor Fioravanti is a Delaware native, graduating from Salesianum School in 1979. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Maryland Law Review. Upon graduating from law school, he served as a judicial clerk on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland for the Honorable Ellen L. Hollander, who now serves on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Prior to law school, Vice Chancellor Fioravanti was a broadcast journalist and editor in Wilmington, Philadelphia and on Capitol Hill. He previously served on the Court of Chancery Rules Committee and the Corporation Law Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Delaware State Bar Association and the Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court.
Patricia W. Griffin
Master in Chancery
Patricia Griffin became a Master in Chancery in July 2017. Before joining the Court, she served as the State Court Administrator for the Delaware Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) where she focused on enhancing the services provided by the AOC to the Courts. Prior to that, Ms. Griffin served as the Chief Magistrate for the Justice of the Peace Court, where she created formal legal educational programs for the justices of the peace. She received her B.A. cum laude from Duke University and her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Selena E. Molina
Master in Chancery
Selena Molina became a Master in Chancery in January 2019. Before joining the Court, she was an associate in the litigation department of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr and previously worked as an associate at Richards, Layton & Finger. Ms. Molina served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable William C. Carpenter, Jr. of the Delaware Superior Court and a Wolcott Fellow to the Honorable Randy J. Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Widener University and her J.D. magna cum laude from Widener University School of Law.
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)
Tamika R. Montgomery-Reeves (2015-2019)
Andre G. Bouchard (2014-2021)