Parsons Won't Seek New Term On Delaware Chancery Court

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By Michael Greene

June 22 — Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons Jr. will leave the Delaware Chancery Court when his term expires in October.

Gov. Jack Markell (D) June 22 issued a statement thanking Parsons for his service on the court.

“The Vice Chancellor’s decision to retire from the Court is a substantial loss to both the Court of Chancery and our state,” Markell said. “I am pleased the Vice Chancellor has indicated he will continue serving the public after he leaves the court and that his contributions to our State, already significant, will continue. I wish the Vice Chancellor the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Parsons informed the governor of his decision in a letter last week.

No Opening Until 2021?

Parsons joined the court in October 2003 after working for more than 20 years at Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP in Wilmington, Del. He is a former president of the Delaware State Bar Association.

He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1977 and received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University.

After Parsons' vacancy is filled, a vice chancellor position may not open until J. Travis Laster's term expires in October 2021.

Gov. Markell's statement is available at