New Judge Appointed to Delaware Bankruptcy Court - Judge John T. Dorsey

Tuesday, June 11, 2019



On June 11, 2019, John T. Dorsey was sworn in as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware. The oath was administered in a private ceremony before Hon. Leonard P. Stark, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.  Judge Dorsey fills one of two much-needed, newly created seats, which were established by Congress after tireless efforts by the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts and the strong support of the Delaware Congressional delegation, particularly Senator Chris Coons and his staff.  This brings the Court’s current complement of judges to seven. 

Judge Dorsey practiced complex commercial litigation in Wilmington, Delaware for the past 28 years. For the past 16 years, Judge Dorsey was a partner at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLC, representing debtors and creditors in chapter 11 litigation matters.  Judge Dorsey also served as general counsel to Young Conaway for the past five years.  Prior to joining Young Conaway, Judge Dorsey practiced with Richards Layton & Finger, PC, and served as the State Director for then U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr.  Prior to practicing law, he served in both the U.S. Army as a Military Police Investigator and the U.S. Air Force as an ICBM launch officer. 

Judge Dorsey was a board member of Delaware Volunteer Legal Services for 25 years and was active as a volunteer for the Delaware Office of Child Advocate representing children in foster care.   He received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1985, and graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1991, where he served as research editor of the law review. 

A public investiture will follow.


-     Chief Judge Christopher S. Sontchi