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Richard A. DiLiberto, Jr.

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Recognized as one of Delaware's most consistently effective and practical personal injury lawyers, Rick has achieved justice for his clients in the form of recoveries in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars at trial, mediation, arbitration, and negotiated settlement. He prides himself on the ability to simplify highly complex legal problems, and streamline the justice system in order to give his clients the opportunity to return to as much of the life they knew before their accident as quickly as possible.  Rick has gained the respect of the Court, arbitrators, mediators, other members of the Bar, and insurance company adjusters by his meticulous preparation, professionalism and work-ethic.  

Throughout his career, Rick has taken a special interest in championing the rights of child victims. Recently, he was one of the Young Conaway lawyers who achieved a historic $123 million class action resolution for hundreds of Sussex County, Delaware children sexually assaulted by their pediatrician. He also has represented many children who were victims of dangerous dog attacks, automobile accidents and other torts. His prior experience as a teacher, and a member of the Delaware House of Representatives Education Committee gives him a unique perspective and ability to communicate with children and put them at ease in stressful situations.

Rick has been chosen by his partners to be chairman of the firm's Paralegal Committee, and is past-chairman of the Personal Injury Section and Continuing Legal Education Committee.  He is often asked to educate other members of the Bar at seminars on cutting-edge issues in civil victims' rights law, and has spoken at the Delaware Supreme Court's pre-admission conference for new attorneys.

For a decade, Rick was a Delaware lawmaker in the Delaware House of Representatives, and rose to be his caucus' ranking member on the Judiciary, Public Safety and Corrections Committees. Rick drafted the Constitutional Amendment to guarantee Delawareans freedom of speech. He also sponsored numerous bills to improve the administration of justice. Rick also served with distinction on the Joint Finance Committee, one of 12 members of the Legislature to write the Delaware state budget.

He is a past president of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, and is Delaware State Delegate to the American Association for Justice.

Rick's education, experience, community involvement and life lessons are reflected in his compassion and indefatigable advocacy for his individual clients, who are often opposed by the nation's largest and most powerful insurance companies. He has devoted his career to seeing everyday people have the opportunity for equal justice under the law.

 

Distinctions

  • Martindale Hubbell®, "AV" rated, reflecting "very high to preeminent legal ability and the highest professional and ethical standards" based upon extensive and confidential peer review by the Delaware Bench and Bar.
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Personal Injury Litigation, recognized since 2007
  • Superior Court, Arbitrator
  • Superior Court, Certified Mediator 
  • Widener University School of Law Alumni Association Outstanding Service Award, 1999
  • Bloomsburg University Alumni Association Young Alumnus of the Year Award, 2002
  • Delaware State Bar Association
    Law Day Community Service Award, 2001
    Distinguished Legislative Service Award, 1999
  • Governor's Magistrate Screening Committee, Member
  • "Advocate for the Underdog," Bloomsburg The University Magazine, Fall 2006

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Delaware State Bar Association, Member
  • Delaware House of Representatives, Member, 1992-2002
  • Commission on Delaware Courts 2000
  • Delaware Courts Planning Committee
  • Supreme Court Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts
  • Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2005-2006; Legislative Committee Chairman, 2004-2005; New Castle County Member-at-Large, 2003-2004; Board of Governors, 2003-present
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • National Conference of State Legislatures, Vice-Chair, Law and Justice Committee, 1997
  • Delaware Health Care Commission Diabetes Task Force
  • Delaware Blue-Gold High School All Star Basketball Games, Board of Directors
  • University of Delaware Sea Grant Program, Board of Directors
  • Widener University School of Law Paralegal and Intensive Trial Advocacy Programs, Adjunct Faculty
  • Delaware Commission on Italian Heritage and Culture, Chairman