As a member of the Jurisdictional Improvement Committee, Morris James Partner Patricia A. Winston will serve on a team tasked with taking a comprehensive look at reforming and updating the jurisdictional authority of each of Delaware's courts. Recently formed by the Delaware Judiciary, the Jurisdictional Improvement Committee was created in response to the Joint Study of the Delaware Courts by the Delaware Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) and the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA). The Committee’s mission is to help the Delaware Courts operate more productively and efficiently by eliminating unnecessary overlap in the trial courts’ jurisdiction and by assigning certain types of cases to the trial court best positioned to address those cases cost-effectively and expertly.
The Jurisdiction Improvement Committee will be led by David C. McBride, Esquire and former Family Court and Superior Court Judge Peggy L. Ableman. Mr. McBride is a veteran member of the Delaware Bar who specializes in corporate and commercial law, and Judge Ableman, now in private practice, served for nearly 30 years on the Delaware Bench in Family Court and Superior Court.
Ms. Winston practices in the areas of corporate and business litigation at Morris James LLP. She represents stockholders, directors and officers in a variety of matters including demands for appraisal, dissolution, requests for inspection of corporate books and records and fiduciary disputes in conflict-of-interest transactions. Ms. Winston also represents companies in complex contract disputes. She has been recognized as a Business Litigation Rising Star in Delaware Super Lawyers® for the past four years. Her professional involvements include being the Chair of the DSBA Litigation Section, and Chair of the CLE Planning Committee for the National Bar Association Commercial Law Section’s Corporate Counsel Conference. She is an active member of the Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court and the Delaware Barristers Association. Ms. Winston received her J.D. cum laude, from Widener University Delaware Law School in 2008. Beyond the legal community, she an executive board member of the Wilmington (DE) Chapter of The Links Incorporated, a service organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the residents in the Wilmington community.