Delaware governor nominates new Chancery Court leader

Corporate Attorney Andre G. Bouchard has been nominated by Governor Jack Markell to serve as the 21st Chancellor of the Court of Chancery.

The Wilmington practitioner would succeed the Honorable Leo E. Strine, Jr., who was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court last month.

Bouchard is currently managing partner of Bouchard, Margules & Friedlander P.A., which he founded in 1996 with former Vice Chancellor Stephen P. Lamb. The practice specializes in corporate law litigation, partnership and alternate entity disputes, and commercial litigation.

Bouchard has also served the state in a number of capacities including chairman of the Delaware Human Relations Commission and vice chair of the Delaware Health Information Network. He’s also served on the Governor’s Council on Equal Employment Opportunity, the Sentencing Accountability Commission and the Criminal Justice Council.

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“In nearly 30 years practicing law in Delaware, Andy Bouchard has demonstrated a remarkable ability to dissect complex legal issues and vigorously represent his clients. He is well recognized for his professionalism and ability to think quickly on his feet in the courtroom,” said Governor Markell in a statement.

Bouchard, a Delaware native, is a 1979 Salesianum graduate. He received his bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 1983 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1986.

It’s up to the Senate to confirm the nomination.

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