RANDY J. HOLLAND

Senior Of Counsel
Litigation

EXPERIENCE:

Randy J. Holland is Senior Of Counsel in the Wilmington office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Previously a Delaware Supreme Court justice for more than 30 years, Randy is recognized as an expert on corporation law, corporate governance, appellate practice, and state constitutional law. He has written more than 700 reported opinions, which include many seminal corporate law decisions.

Randy retired from the Delaware Supreme Court in March 2017. He was appointed to the court in 1986 by Governor Michael N. Castle, making him the youngest person to serve as a Delaware Supreme Court justice. In 2009, he became the longest-serving justice in Delaware history. Two years later, Randy was reappointed by former Governor Jack A. Markell and was unanimously confirmed by the Delaware Senate for an unprecedented third 12-year term. Prior to his appointment and confirmation in 1986, he was a partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell.

Randy has written, co-authored, or edited nine books and also has published several law review articles, primarily focused on corporate law, judicial ethics and legal history. He has taught corporate governance, appellate practice, and state constitutional law as an adjunct professor for many years. In 2009, he co-authored a law school casebook from the perspective of all 50 states entitled State Constitutional Law: The Modern Experience. In 2010, with Randy's encouragement, the Conference of Chief Justices passed a unanimous resolution recommending that all law schools offer courses on state constitutions. Randy also taught appellate practice for 25 years as an adjunct professor and co-authored a law school casebook entitled Appellate Practice and Procedure. He continues to teach corporate governance classes at several law schools.

Randy has been recognized as one of the leading influencers on business ethics in the United States. He has traveled internationally to advance corporate governance and ethics, including working with the Chief Justice of Taiwan and visiting the country to speak on these topics.

EDUCATION:
  • LL.M., Judicial Process, University of Virginia Law School, 1998
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1972
    Cum Laude; Recipient, Henry C. Loughlin Award for legal ethics
  • B.A., Economics, Swarthmore College, 1967
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Member, Arbitration Panel, Astana International Financial Centre
  • Member, American Arbitration Panel
  • Member, American College of Governance Counsel
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Former National President, American Inns of Court Foundation, 2000-2004
  • Lincoln's Inn in London, elected as an Honorable Master of the Bench in 2004
  • Former State Judge Member, Federal Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules (appointed by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justices William Rehnquist and John Roberts)
  • Co-Chair, Advisory Committee, National Center for State Court's Center for Judicial Ethics
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, Delaware Bar Association
  • Former Chairman, National Joint Committee on Lawyer Regulation, American Bar Association
  • Former Chairman, Delaware Judges' Code of Conduct Revision Committee
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, American Judicature Society
  • Former Member, Executive Committee, Appellate Judges Conference, American Bar Association
  • Former Member, Presidential Commission on Fair and Impartial Courts, American Bar Association
  • Former Member, Standing Committee for Lawyer Competence and Client Protection, American Bar Association
  • Former Member, Judicial Division Committee on Ethics and Professionalism, American Bar Association
HONORS:
  • Elected to be the First Distinguished Fellow of the Taiwan Corporate Governance Association Directors' Academy, 2018
  • Elected to be a Door Tenant by 3 Hare Court Barristers' Chambers in London, 2018 (first former U.S. judge to be so honored)
  • Creation of the Randy J. Holland Family Law Chair Endowment Fund ($2.3 million), which was established to honor former Justice Holland's legacy and to give meaning to his deeply held belief that access to justice must not be dependent on ability to pay, Delaware Combined Campaign for Justice, 2017
  • Awarded the Order of the First State by Delaware Governor John Carney, 2017
  • Recipient, Delaware Bar Association Professional Conduct Award, 2017
  • Congressional Record Tribute by U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper, 2017
  • Recipient, Powell Award for Professionalism and Ethics, American Inns of Court, 2014
  • Recipient, First State Distinguished Service Award, 2012
  • Recipient, AJS Dwight D. Opperman Award for Judicial Excellence, 2011
  • Recipient, James Wilson Award, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2009
  • NACD Directorship 100, a listing of the most influential people in corporate governance, (recognized for many years)
  • Recipient, A. Sherman Christensen Award, American Inns of Court, 2007
  • Congressional Record Tribute by U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., 2004
  • Recipient, Herbert Harley Award, American Judicature Society, 2003
  • Recipient, Judge of the Year Award, National Child Support Enforcement Association, 1992
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctor of Laws, Delaware Law School of Widener University and Swarthmore College
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
  • "Delaware Corporation Law: Judiciary, Executive, Legislature, Practitioners," The Business Lawyer, Vol. 72, No. 4, Fall 2017
  • The Delaware Constitution: A Reference Guide, Oxford University Press, 2017
  • Co-author with S. McAllister, J. Shaman, and J. Sutton, State Constitutional Law: The Modern Experience, West, 2016
  • Editor, Magna Carta: Muse & Mentor, Thomson Reuters and Library of Congress, 2014
  • Delaware's Destiny Determined By Lewes, Delaware Heritage Press, 2013
  • Delaware Corporation Law, Selected Cases (in Chinese only), 2011
  • "Delaware Directors' Fiduciary Duties: The Focus on Loyalty," University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, Vol. 11, Issue 3, 2009
  • "Delaware's Business Courts: Litigation Leadership," The Journal of Corporate Law, Vol. 34, Issue 3, Spring 2009
  • "An Introduction, Delaware Corporation Law Directors' Fiduciary Duties," Cross-Strait Law Review, March 2008
  • "Delaware Courts and the Business Judgement Rule," The Corporate Board, September/October 2008
  • "Doha to Delaware," Leaders In Law Review, 2009
  • Co-author with E. Stockdale, Middle Temple Lawyers and the American Revolution, Thomson-West, 2007
  • Co-author with R.J. Martineau, M.E. Solimine, and K. Sinclair, Appellate Practice and Procedure, Second Edition, West, 2005
  • Co-editor, Delaware Supreme Court: Golden Anniversary, The Supreme Court of the State of Delaware, 2001
  • Co-editor, The Delaware Constitution of 1897 - The First One Hundred Years, Delaware State Bar Association, 1997
ADMISSIONS:
  • State Bar of Delaware
  • U.S. Supreme Court