Katharine L. "Katie" Mayer Appointed to Delaware State Court Judicial Post

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 10:57

WILMINGTON, DE -- Longtime McCarter & English litigation partner Katharine L. Mayer has been appointed a Superior Court Commissioner and is sitting in New Castle County.  
Mayer, who did debtor-creditor bankruptcy and restructuring work, along with product liability defense, was nominated by Gov. Jack Markell and confirmed in June by the state senate for an initial four-year term on the bench.
A graduate of the University of Delaware who took her law degree from Widener University School of Law, Mayer was a fixture at all of Delaware’s courthouses, with a particular emphasis on Superior Court, Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, and the state’s Chancery Court. She was consistently ranked in the Deal’s Bankruptcy League Tables and represented creditors, committees, liquidating trustees, lenders and debtors in bankruptcy proceedings, and appeared in court on behalf of clients in some of the largest bankruptcy cases on record, including Lehman Bros., Tribune Company and Enron.
“Our loss is Katie’s gain and we’ll be sorry to see her go. But more importantly, Delaware and its bench are the big winners here,” said David White, managing partner of the 400-lawyer firm’s Wilmington office. 
Added Michael P. Kelly, Wilmington-based chairman of the firm: “We are proud of Katie, her work at the firm, and the impact she has had on our clients, beyond measure. She will distinguish herself as a commissioner as she distinguished herself as an advocate and a partner at the firm. The citizens of Delaware count on excellence and wisdom from the state bench, and Katie will deliver that and more.”
Mayer is the third McCarter & English attorney to be named to a state bench in seven months. In January, family law practitioner Lee M. Peterson joined the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court bench, and a month earlier, her Boston-based colleague Eric Neyman joined the Massachusetts Appeals Court.