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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.

Larry Bainter (Public Member)
TREASURER

term expiration:
1/7/2015, second term

Larry Bainter,  a non-lawyer member, was appointed to the Board on January 8, 2009.  Mr. Bainter was the Treasurer of Columbia Gas (retired), Wilmington, Delaware.  Mr. Bainter is a graduate of Ohio University and The Ohio State University. Mr. Bainter’s second term as a Trustee will expire on January 7, 2015.


Crystal Leigh Carey, Esquire
Schmittinger & Rodriguez, P.A.
414 S. State Street
P.O. Box 497
Dover, DE 19903

term expiration:
11/29/2016, second term

Crystal Leigh Carey, attorney member, is a director with Schmittinger & Rodriguez, in Dover, Delaware.  She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and the University of Maryland.  Ms. Carey’s practice focuses on real property law and domestic relations law.  Ms. Carey is admitted to practice in Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware, U. S. District Court, District of Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court.  Ms. Carey was appointed to the Board as an Associate Trustee on October 25, 2007 and then appointed as a Trustee on November 30, 2009.  Ms. Carey’s first term as a Trustee will expire on November 29, 2016.


Teresa A. Cheek, Esquire
SECRETARY

Westside Family Health Care
300 Water Street, Suite 200
Wilmington, DE 19801

term expiration:
5/7/2015, second term

Teresa A. Cheek, an attorney member.  She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Widener University School of Law.  Ms. Cheek’s practice focuses on employment law.  Ms. Cheek is admitted to practice in Delaware, Maryland, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Ms. Cheek was appointed to the Board as an Associate Trustee on December 5, 2002 and reappointed to a second term on December 20, 2006.  She was then appointed as a Trustee on May 6, 2008.  Ms. Cheek’s second term as a Trustee will expire on May 7, 2015.


Margaret R. Cooper

term expiration:
1/18/2015, first 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, 2015.


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.


Robert J. Leoni, Esquire
Shelsby & Leoni PA
221 Main Street
Stanton, DE 19804

term expiration:
1/26/2017, third term

Robert J. Leoni, an attorney, is a member with Shelsby & Leoni, Stanton, Delaware.  He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Widener University School of Law.  Mr. Leoni is a civil trial attorney and focuses his practice on medical negligence and catastrophic injury cases.  Mr. Leoni is admitted to practice in Delaware.  Mr. Leoni was appointed to the Board as an Associate Trustee on August 12, 2005 and reappointed as a Trustee on January 28, 2008.  Mr. Leoni’s third term as a Trustee will expire on January 26, 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.


Associate Trustees

Leslie C. DiPietro, Esquire
Sergovic Carmean & Weidman, P.A.
142 East Market Street
P. O. Box 751
Georgetown, DE 19947

term expiration:
10/25/2017, first term

Leslie C. DiPietro, an attorney member, is a partner at Sergovic Carmean & Weidman, in Georgetown, 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.


Heather D. Jefferson, Esquire
National Corporate Research, Ltd.
273 Plaza, Suite 211
56 West Main Street
Newark, DE 19702

term expiration:
5/10/2015, second term
Heather Doheny Jefferson, an attorney member, is of counsel, with National Corporate Research, Newark, Delaware.  She is a graduate of College Misericordia and Widener University School of Law.  Ms. Jefferson’s practice focuses on business formation, business law, corporate law, commercial law, contracts, limited liability company law, mergers and acquisitions and partnership law.  Ms. Jefferson is admitted to practice in Delaware and District Court of Delaware.  Ms. Jefferson was appointed to the Board as an Associate Trustee on May 9, 2008.  Ms. Jefferson’s term will expire on May 10, 2015.


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

term expiration:
1/26/2014, 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 26, 2014.


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

term expiration:
11/29/2016, 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 29, 2016.

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

term expiration:
10/15/2017, 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. Mr. Schwartz’s term will expire on October 25, 2017.

Supreme Court Liaison

The Honorable Myron T. Steele
Supreme Court of Delaware
57 The Green
Dover, DE 19901

 

Executive Director

Bunny J. Christopher
Supreme Court of Delaware
820 North French Street, 11th FLoor
Wilmington, DE 19801

 

Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection of the Supreme Court of Delaware
Carvel State Office Building | 820 N. French Street, 11th Floor | Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302-577-7034 | Fax: 302-577-1006
Email: Bunny.Christopher@state.de.us