Business Phone: 302.888.6940Background Information
- Undergraduate School: James Madison University, 1985
- Law School: Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1988
- Admitted to practice law in: Delaware.
The Honorable Joseph R. Slights, III, was appointed to the Superior Court of Delaware by Governor Thomas R. Carper on November 2, 2000.
Judge Slights received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science (with honors) from James Madison University in 1985, and his Juris Doctor degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1988. He was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1988. He is a member of the Bars of the United States District Court For the District of Delaware, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to joining the Superior Court, Judge Slights was an associate in private practice with the firm Richards, Layton & Finger where his practice focused on corporate litigation. Thereafter, he was an associate with the Law Offices of Sidney Balick where he practiced in the areas of personal injury, commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. From 1992 to 2000, he was a partner with the law firm Morris, James, Hitchens & Williams, where he practiced in the areas of health law, corporate and commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. He was Vice Chairman of the Health Law practice group and Chairman of the firm’s recruiting committee.
Judge Slights is a member of the American Bar Association and the Delaware State Bar Association. He is a past Chairman of the Health Law section and currently serves as the Judicial Member of the Executive Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association. He is a charter member of the American College of Business Court Judges, a member of the Advisory Board for the Georgetown University Law Center’s e-Discovery Institute, a member of the National Advisory Council of the American Judicature Society, and an adjunct professor at Widener University School of Law. He is a recipient of the Delaware State Bar Association’s Distinguished Mentoring Award and the Middle States Council of the Social Studies Distinguished Service Award (recognizing his long time involvement in, and commitment to, the High School Mock Trial program). He has authored or co-authored several articles, including "Alternate Dispute Resolution and Court-Appointed Experts," Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal
, Vol. 6, No. 3 (2006); and "The History of Delaware’s Business Courts," Business Law Today
, Vol. 17, No. 4 (March/April 2008). He presides over the Court’s Seroquel® litigation docket and is a member of the Court’s Complex Commercial Litigation Division.
Following the end of his term on the Superior Court of Delaware, which ended in November 2, 2012, Slights rejoined the law firm of Morris James as a partner.