Former Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland Joins Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
- Brings Unique Expertise to the Firm's Litigation and Appellate Practices -
Alicia Towler White
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
PALO ALTO, CA (May 8, 2017) - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, announced today that former Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland is joining the firm as Senior Of Counsel in the Wilmington, Delaware, office. Justice Holland retired from the Delaware Supreme Court in March 2017 after serving more than 30 years.
"During his notable tenure on the Delaware Supreme Court, Justice Holland distinguished himself as an eminent jurist, educator, and one of the nation's most thoughtful experts on state constitutional law," said Doug Clark, managing partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. "As the author of more than 700 reported opinions, several thousand case dispositive orders, and several books, Justice Holland's keen awareness of Delaware's unique corporate and legal landscape makes him another remarkable addition to our Wilmington office."
Justice Holland was appointed to the Delaware Supreme Court in 1986 by Governor Michael N. Castle, making him the youngest person to serve on that court. In 2009, he became the longest-serving justice in Delaware history. Two years later, he was reappointed by former Governor Jack A. Markell and was unanimously confirmed by the Delaware Senate for an unprecedented third 12-year term.
"Justice Holland is one of the most respected members of the Delaware legal and business community, based on his impressive judicial career and his incomparable expertise in important areas of business law," said William Chandler III, former Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, who leads the Wilmington office at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. "Our clients will benefit from his extraordinary judicial insight and experience, and we are honored that Justice Holland has joined our firm."
Justice Holland is the past national president of the American Inns of Court Foundation and he co-chairs the advisory committee to the National Center for State Court's Center for Judicial Ethics. He is also a member of the American Law Institute and chaired the American Bar Association's National Joint Committee on Lawyer Regulation. In addition, Justice Holland has served on the ABA Presidential Commission on Fair and Impartial Courts, the Standing Committee on Client Protection, and the Judicial Division's Ethics and Professionalism Committee.
Justice Holland has received numerous awards, including the 2014 American Inns of Court Powell Award for Professionalism and Ethics, the 2012 First State Distinguished Service Award, and the 2011 Dwight D. Opperman Award. In 2004, he was elected as an Honorable Master of the Bench by Lincoln's Inn in London. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justices William Rehnquist and John Roberts appointed Justice Holland as the state judge member of the Federal Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules. In April 2017, he was presented the Order of the First State by Delaware Governor John Carney.
Justice Holland has written, co-authored, or edited nine books and also has published several law review articles, primarily focused on judicial ethics and legal history. He has taught state constitutional law as an adjunct professor for many years. In 2009, he co-authored a law school casebook on that subject from the perspective of all 50 states entitled State Constitutional Law: The Modern Experience. In 2010, with Justice Holland's encouragement, the Conference of Chief Justices passed a unanimous resolution recommending that all law schools offer courses on state constitutions. Justice Holland also taught appellate practice for 25 years as an adjunct professor and co-authored a law school casebook entitled Appellate Practice and Procedure.
Justice Holland received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1969. He earned his J.D., cum laude, in 1972 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he received the Loughlin Award for legal ethics. He also earned a Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia Law School in 1998.
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