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Wilson Sonsini Partner Picked by Gov. for Del. Chancery Court

Oct. 14, 2015, 5:02 PM

By Michael Greene, Bloomberg BNA

Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D) Oct. 13 announced the nomination of corporate attorney Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to the Delaware Chancery Court.

The nomination is to replace Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons Jr., who informed the governor in June that he wouldn’t be seeking reappointment when his 12-year term expires Oct. 22.

Montgomery-Reeves is currently a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Wilmington, Del., where her practice focuses corporate governance, navigation of corporate fiduciary duties, and representation of companies and their officers and directors in class actions and other litigation.

First African-American

Professor Charles Elson, director of the University of Delaware’s John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, told Bloomberg BNA that he believes Montgomery-Reeves, if confirmed, will be the first African-American, and the second woman, to sit as a vice chancellor on the court.

Elson also said that Markell made a great selection in nominating Montgomery-Reeves. Her previous experience suggests that she has the “intelligence and moderation” needed for the court, he said.

According to the firm’s website, Montgomery-Reeves previously worked at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York and also was a law clerk for former Chancellor William B. Chandler III. Montgomery-Reeves received her Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2003. She obtained her law degree from University of Georgia School of Law in 2006.

‘Substantial Experience.’

“Tamika Montgomery-Reeves has the intellectual ability and strong work ethic necessary to serve on Delaware’s Court of Chancery,” Markell said in an online post. “She also has substantial experience practicing corporate law and clerking for the Court of Chancery, and she has demonstrated a genuine passion for the issues handled by the Court. If confirmed by the Senate, I’m confident she will serve to maintain the Court’s deserved reputation as the premier venue for the resolution of business disputes.”

“I am honored and humbled to have been nominated by Governor Markell to serve on the Court of Chancery,” Montgomery-Reeves said in the same online post. “If I am lucky enough to be confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to serving the citizens of Delaware as a member of Delaware’s premier corporate and business law court.”

The Delaware Senate will convene for a special session Oct. 28 to consider Montgomery-Reeves’s nomination.