E. Norman Veasey, Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court (1992-2004), has retired as a senior partner of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he had offices in Wilmington, Delaware, and New York City. As of January 1, 2014, he will concentrate on serving as arbitrator, mediator, special master, and consultant. He will be special counsel to the Wilmington firm Gordon, Fournaris & Mammarella, P.A.
Mr. Veasey stepped down as chief justice of Delaware in 2004, after serving a 12-year term as the top judicial officer and administrator of that state’s preeminent judicial branch. During his tenure as chief justice and thereafter, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranked Delaware courts as first in the nation for their fair, reasonable and efficient litigation environment. In 2004 he was awarded the Order of the First State by the governor of Delaware, the highest honor for meritorious service that Delaware’s governor can grant.
A well-known speaker, panelist and writer, Mr. Veasey is co-author with Christine Di Guglielmo of Indispensable Counsel: The Chief Legal Officer in the New Reality (Oxford University Press 2012). He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, former president of the Delaware State Bar Association, former chair of the ABA’s Section of Business Law and its Committee on Corporate Laws, former chair of the ABA Commission on the Evaluation of the Rules and Professional Conduct (Ethics 2000), and former president of the nation’s Conference of Chief Justices.
Mr. Veasey recently served as independent counsel and special deputy attorney general of the state of Delaware to investigate and report on campaign funding violations. He had also served in the early 1960s as a deputy attorney general and chief deputy attorney general of the state of Delaware and practiced law with the Wilmington firm of Richards, Layton & Finger. There, he concentrated on business law, corporate transactions, litigation and counseling. He is an adjunct professor at the law schools of New York University, University of Pennsylvania and Wake Forest University. He has served as adjunct professor at several other law schools and is a lecturer at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Mr. Veasey is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He and his wife, Suzanne, live in Wilmington. They have four grown children and 11 grandchildren.