Richard A. DiLiberto Jr.

Richard A. DiLiberto Jr.

Partner
Location:
Wilmington, Delaware
Phone:
302-571-6657
888-395-7576
Fax:
302-576-3290
Email:

Rick has achieved justice for his personal injury 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. In 2015, he was selected by the Delaware State Bar Association to receive the Daniel L. Herrmann Professional Conduct Award. Named in honor of the late chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, the award goes to a member of the Delaware Bar who "has demonstrated those qualities of courtesy and civility which, together with high ability and distinguished service, exemplifies the Delaware lawyer."

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 previously 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 currently serves on Young Conaway's Government Relations Committee.

Rick is a past president of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, and immediate past Delaware State Delegate to the American Association for Justice. He currently is DTLA's New Castle County member at large.

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.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware, 1986
  • New Jersey, 1987
  • Pennsylvania, 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court District of Delaware

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware
    • J.D. cum laude
    • Honors: Moot Court Honor Society Member
    • Law Review: Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, Member, 1984 - 1986
    • Law Journal: Delaware Law Forum, Editor-in-Chief, 1985 - 1986
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
    • B.S. cum laude

Published Works

  • An Apple for the Teacher:, Educational Malpractice Fails Judicial Test, But Core Problem Remains, Insurance Counsel Journal, 53, 1986
  • Premenstrual Stress Syndrome Defense: Legal, Medical and Social Aspects, Medical Trial Technique Quarterly, 33, 1987
  • The Federal and State Constitutionality of Baccalaureate Services in the Public Schools, Ohio Northern University Law Review, 15, 1988
  • Paralegals and the Litigation Team, http://www.ycst.com/paralegals.html
  • Trying the Soft Tissue Case in Delaware, http://www.ycst.com/softtissue.html
  • Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Delaware

Classes/Seminars

  • Enhanced Ethics and Delaware Practice - The 13th Annual Seminar, Delaware State Bar Association
  • Delaware Trial Lawyers Association 2007 Annual Convention, Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, June 22, 2007 - June 23, 2007
  • Bridge The Gap: The Delaware Pre-Admission Conference, Widener University School of Law, November 2, 2006 - November 3, 2006
  • Fundamentals of Lawyer-Client Relations, Delaware State Bar Association
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America - NJ, April 27, 2006 - April 28, 2006
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors
  • Bridge The Gap: The Delaware Pre-Admission Conference, October 27, 2005 - October 28, 2005
  • Enhanced Ethics and Delaware Practice, St. Thomas More Society and Delaware State Bar Association
  • Fundamentals of Lawyer-Client Relations, Delaware State Bar Association
  • Delaware Trial Lawyers Association 2005 Annual Convention, June 10, 2005 - June 11, 2005
  • DTLA 2005 Annual Convention - "Polish Your Practice", Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, June 10, 2005 - June 11, 2005
  • Fundamentals of Lawyer-Client Relations, Delaware State Bar Association
  • DTLA Annual Convention
  • MMI Preparatory School Commencement
  • Delaware Economic Development Office Trade Mission, State of Delaware
  • DSBA and St. Thomas More Society Annual Ethics Seminar, DSBA and St. Thomas More Society
  • Delaware Economic Development Office Trade Mission, State of Delaware
  • DTLA Winter Seminar, Delaware Trial Lawyers Association
  • DTLA Essentials of Personal Injury Litigation, Delaware Trial Lawyers Association
  • Delaware House of Representatives Education Committee, Teacher
  • Speaker, Delaware Supreme Court's pre-admission conference for new attorneys

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell®, "AV" rated, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Personal Injury Litigation, 2007-Present
  • 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
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Distinguished Legislative Service Award, 1999
  • Governor's Magistrate Screening Committee, Member
  • "Advocate for the Underdog," Bloomsburg The University Magazine, Fall 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 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
  • Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, Legislative Committee Chairman, 2004 - 2005
  • Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, New Castle County Member-at-Large, 2003 - 2004
  • Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, 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

Past Employment Positions

  • Delaware State House of Representatives, Member, 1992 - 2002
  • Widener University Paralegal Program, Adjunct Professor, 1987 - 1991
  • Widener University School of Law Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Instructor, 1989 - Present
  • Joseph J. Farnan, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, Clerk, 1985 - 1986
  • William C. Carpenter, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, Clerk
  • Honorable Vincent A. Bifferato, Superior Court of the State of Delaware, Judicial Law Clerk, 1986 - 1987

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity