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      Delaware Law School Alumnus Named to Delaware’s Highest Court


      Gary F. Traynor

      Traynor, a Delaware Law School graduate, joined the Delaware Supreme Court in July.

      Delaware Law School is pleased to announce that one of its graduates, Gary F. Traynor, was sworn in for his first term on the Delaware Supreme Court.

      On July 5, the Delaware native joined the five-justice court.

      "Gary is one of Delaware's sharpest legal minds, and has a diverse legal background that will serve him well as a Justice on Delaware's highest court," said Delaware Gov. John Carney. "His judgment and thoughtfulness will be a significant asset on the Supreme Court."

      Traynor has been a member of the Delaware Bar since 1982. He earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and from Delaware Law School in 1982.

      Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, Traynor was an assistant public defender with the Delaware Office of Defense Services in Sussex County, representing indigent defendants accused of felony crimes.

      Traynor began his legal career at the law firm of Brown, Shiels & Chasanov in Dover, Delaware. In 1990, he went to work for Prickett, Jones & Elliott, a Wilmington, Delaware, firm, where he served as managing director from 2005 to 2007. His work at Prickett, Jones & Elliott focused on general litigation, including criminal defense, personal injury litigation, and domestic relations disputes from 1990 to 2000, and complex corporate and commercial matters from 2000 until he left the firm in 2014 to join the Delaware Office of Defense Services.

      Before joining the state's highest court, Traynor served on the Delaware Supreme Court's Board on Professional Responsibility from 2011 to 2017 and was an appointed member of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals' Task Force on Management of Death Penalty Litigation from 1998 to 2001.

      In addition to his legal work, Traynor was a commissioner on the Delaware River and Bay Authority from 2009 to 2014. He also served as an officer in the Delaware Army National Guard from 1990 to 1991.


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