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Wilmington, DE

Henry duPont Ridgley

DLA Piper
Legal Opinions & Ethics


    The Honorable Henry duPont Ridgely, a former Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, focuses his practice on advising corporations, boards, special committees and individual directors and officers on transaction structure, fiduciary duties, and managing and defending litigation at the trial and appellate level. He will also act as a mediator, arbitrator or independent monitor.

    Justice Ridgely has a distinguished record of more than 30 years of service as a jurist in the Delaware Judiciary. During his tenure of more than a decade on the Delaware Supreme Court, he participated in more than 700 published opinions, including every major decision issued during his tenure involving directors’ and officers’ liability, merger and acquisition disputes, contests for corporate control, and other issues impacting corporate law and governance. Before his appointment as a Justice, he was Chair-Elect of the National Conference of State Trial Judges with service as a judge on Delaware’s Superior Court from 1984 until 2004, including 14 years as the President Judge of the Court. During that period, the Delaware courts earned a number one ranking from the United States Chamber of Commerce, which Delaware has maintained since 2002. In 2015, the Governor of Delaware awarded Justice Ridgely the Order of the First State, the highest recognition the Governor can give, for outstanding efforts, knowledge, integrity, prudence and ability in serving the State of Delaware. Justice Ridgely has authored law review articles and lectured throughout the world on corporate law topics. He serves as a Business Law Advisor to the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law. He also is a Panel Member of the American Arbitration Association.

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