Paul A. Fioravanti, Jr. ’97 confirmed to Delaware Court of Chancery

Paul A. Fioravanti, Jr. '97 (right) with Delaware Gov. John Carney. Photo courtesy of Delaware's Office of the Governor.

The Delaware Senate in January unanimously confirmed Paul A. Fioravanti, Jr. ’97 as the next Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. A 1997 Maryland Carey Law graduate, Fioravanti was a director at Prickett, Jones & Elliott in Wilmington, Delaware, when he was nominated for the post by Delaware Gov. John Carney.

Widely considered the most influential corporate law court in the United States, the Delaware Court of Chancery consists of a chancellor and six vice chancellors serving 12-year terms. The non-jury trial court regularly oversees high-profile and high-stakes corporate disputes.

In a statement following the confirmation vote, Delaware Gov. John Carney said that Fioravanti’s “litigation experience and judgment will serve our state well.”

While in law school, Fioravanti was a star student and an active member of the Maryland Carey Law community, serving as editor-in-chief of the Maryland Law Review.

“He was a strong leader in class discussion,” remembers Prof. Don Gifford, who taught Fioravanti’s Torts class and was dean of the law school when the judge was a student. “An incredibly capable, personable, and decent guy.”

After law school, Fioravanti clerked for the Hon. Ellen L. Hollander of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland (now a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland). Before joining the bar, he also worked as a broadcast journalist in Delaware, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

In 1999, Fioravanti joined the Delaware law firm Prickett, Jones & Elliott where his practice focused on corporate and commercial litigation. He was the firm’s managing director from 2011 to 2014.

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