Robert B. Young
Robert B. Young, Of Counsel, joined Reger Rizzo & Darnall’s Dover, Delaware office in June of 2017, after retiring as Judge of the Superior Court of Delaware earlier that year. As Of Counsel to Reger Rizzo & Darnall, Mr. Young is available to provide mediation, arbitration, court-appointed master and other services.
During his 12 years on the bench, Judge Young presided over numerous significant civil and criminal cases. He also served as the presiding officer of the Kent County Mental Health Court. Mr. Young served through his term as Judge on the Superior Court, one of only 20 people to do so from Kent County since the inception of the Delaware Superior Court in 1831, until April of 2017.
Prior to joining the Superior Court, Mr. Young was an active trial lawyer for more than 35 years. He began his career practicing in Dayton, Ohio in 1969, and was later admitted to practice in the State of Delaware in 1975. He opened his practice in Dover, Delaware, and was joined in 1996 by his son, where they practiced as Young & Young. That office was maintained for more than 30 years, until his appointment to the Court on February 17, 2005.
Mr. Young is the past president of the Delaware State Bar Association and the Delaware Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is active in numerous state and federal legal organizations, including the American and Kent County Bar Associations, as well as several task forces, such as the Governor's Task Force to Draft Handicapped Accessibility Legislation and the Delaware Superior Court Task Force on the More Effective Use of Juries.
To raise funds for the Combined Campaign for Justice, a non-profit organization committed to helping people of low income families and individuals deal with traumatic events, including hunger, poverty, homelessness and abuse, among others, Mr. Young has written 8 musical comedies, performed by lawyers, judges and Court personnel. These have been performed over a 15-year period, raising a quarter-million dollars.
J.D., The Ohio State College of Law (1969)
B.A., Denison University (1965)
U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
U.S. District Court for the District of Ohio
United States Supreme Court
Delaware State Bar Association (President, 2004-2005)
American Board of Trial Advocates (President, Delaware Chapter, 1993-1995)
American Inns of Court, Terry-Carey Inn (Counselor, 1994-1995)
Charter Trustee - John Marshall House
Supreme Court Rules Committee
Superior Court Civil Advisory Committee
Delaware State Bar Association. Small Firms Section, Charter Chairman
Delaware State Bar Association, President’s Task Force on Legal Service Provision to Low Income Persons
American Bar Association, Litigation Section
Kent County Bar Association
Wesley College, Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law
Delaware Technical & Community College, Adjunct Professor of Business Law
Delaware Technical and Community Advisory Board for Paralegal Studies
Delaware Superior Court Task Force on the More Effective Use of Juries
Governor’s Task Force to Draft Handicapped Accessibility Legislation
Delaware Delegate to ABA Leadership Summit on Small Firm Practice
Delaware Superior Court Mediator
Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2019)
Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient (2019)
ABOTA Distinguished Service Recognition (2017)
Combined Campaign for Justice Appreciation Recognition (2007, 2011, 2013, 2015)
Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (2014)
Shofar Judicial Award for Outstanding Service (2006)
American Inns of Court Award for Professionalism (2001)
Special Service Commendation of Dover Little League (1992)
Planned Parenthood of Delaware
Delaware Senior Olympics
Blue-Gold All Star Basketball
Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition Judge
Dover Little League Coach
Coastal Concerts - Director/Vice President
Greentree Graduation Speaker. Department of Corrections.
Mentoring for New Lawyers. The American Bar Association’s National Convention.
Evaluating Physicians: Legal Perspectives. American Academy of Disability.
Bill of Rights Bicentennial Speaker. Delaware Heritage Commission.
Claim Investigation. State Farm Insurance Companies.
Delaware Soft Tissue Injury. The National Business Institute.
Jury Reform. American Inns of Court.
Forensic Medicine. Kent County Bar Association.
Examination of Witnesses. The Delaware Trial Lawyers Association.
Multi-disciplinary Practice. The Delaware State Bar Association.
HB 461--Jury Alteration. The Delaware State Bar Association.
Ethical Consideration of Multi-disciplinary Practice. The Delaware Trial Lawyers Association.