WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has nominated the head of Delaware's Court of Chancery to become the state's new chief justice.
Markell announced Wednesday that Chancellor Leo Strine Jr. is his pick to serve as the eighth chief justice of Delaware's Supreme Court.
The post became vacant upon the recent retirement of Justice Myron Steele.
Markell said Strine, whose nomination is subject to Senate confirmation, has a "superior intellect, incredible work ethic, and substantial judicial experience."
Strine has served since 1998 on the Chancery Court, a nationally known venue for resolving disputes involving some of the world's largest companies, many of them incorporated in Delaware. He has led that court since 2011.
Before becoming a judge, Strine worked as a corporate litigator and served as chief counsel to former Gov. Tom Carper.