The Honorable Ferris W. Wharton became a Judge of the Superior Court on June 5, 2014.
Judge Wharton received his B.A. from the University of Delaware in 1974 and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1978.
From his admission to the bar in 1978 until 1980, Judge Wharton was an associate with the firm of Edward J. Sobolewski, Jr., Esquire. Judge Wharton then served with the Delaware Department of Justice from 1980 to 2003. During that time he headed the Department's Rape Response Unit, Drug Unit and Felony Trial Unit. He was also Chief Prosecutor for Kent County, Chief Prosecutor for New Castle County, State Prosecutor and Chief Deputy Attorney General. Judge Wharton was an Assistant United States Attorney from 2003 to 2006. He was of counsel to the firm of Fox Rothschild LLP from 2006 to 2007. Judge Wharton was an Assistant Public Defender from 2007 until he joined the Superior Court.
Judge Wharton was a member of the Board of Bar Examiners from 1991 to 1999 and from 2009 until he joined the bench. He served as Vice-Chair of the Board in 2012 and as Chair in 2013 and 2014. In 2011, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Judge Wharton's present term ends June 5, 2026.