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Richard S. Gebelein

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Practice Areas:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Bankruptcy
  • Corporate Litigation

Biography

Having served within the legal arena both nationally and internationally for four decades, Judge Richard S. Gebelein is highly regarded as a judicial expert. As a judge for the Superior Court of Delaware for 21 years, he presided over a myriad of trials and appeals including felony, civil, state board and agency matters.

On a global platform, Judge Gebelein was a Rule of Law Officer with the Office of Staff Judge Advocate, Combined Forces Command in Kabul Afghanistan; an International Judge, State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, Bosnia and currently is the Chief of Party, USAID Justice Sector Development Project II, a three component Rule of Law Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina designed to enhance the independence and effectiveness of the judicial sector.

In addition to his domestic and foreign judicial service, Judge Gebelein was elected Attorney General for the State of Delaware, 1979-1983. He was also the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the Delaware Department of Justice, the first Disciplinary Counsel for the Delaware Supreme Court, a Chief Deputy Public Defender, a State Solicitor for the Delaware Department of Justice and a private practice attorney.

Bringing his wealth of knowledge in diverse legal areas, judicial expertise and passion for justice to the alternative dispute resolution process ensures clients receive the service they need.

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1970
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • B.S. - 1967
  • University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada
    • Masters of Judicial Studies - 2003
  • University of Sarajevo
    • Diploma in Islamic Studies - 2006

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware, 1971
  • Pennsylvania, 1971
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1974

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Attorneys General, Member, Legislative Subcommittee, 1980 to 1983
  • National Association of Attorneys General, Chairman, Institutions and Corrections Subcommittee, 1980 to 1983
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Delaware Army National Guard, Lieutenant Colonel, 1979
  • United States Department of Justice, Executive Working Group, 1980 to 1983
  • Sentencing Accountability Commission, Commissioner, 1985
  • Sentencing Accountability Commission, Chairman, 1988

Past Positions

  • Board of Professional Responsibility, Disciplinary Counsel, 1984 to 1984
  • State of Delaware, Attorney General, 1979 to 1983
  • Wilson A. Whittington, PA, Partner, 1976 to 1978
  • State of Delaware, Chief Deputy Public Defender, 1975 to 1976
  • State of Delaware, State Solicitor, 1974 to 1975
  • State of Delaware, Deputy Attorney General, 1971 to 1974
  • Legal Practice, Wilmington, Delaware, 1971 to 1971
  • Chancellor William Duffy, Delaware Court of Chancery, Law Clerk, 1970 to 1971
  • Delaware Department of Justice, Chief Deputy Attorney General
  • Delaware Supreme Court, Disciplinary Counsel
  • State of Delaware Superior Court, Associate Judge

Classes/Seminars

  • Instructor, Delaware Law School of Widener University, 1973
  • Instructor, University of Delaware, 1982