WILMINGTON, DE (August 8, 2013) – Judge Peggy L. Ableman, Special Counsel in the Products Liability practice group at law firm McCarter & English LLP, will receive the 2013 U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Judicial Leadership Achievement Award at the 14th Annual Legal Reform Summit in Washington, D.C. on October 23, 2013.

The Awards honor individuals and organizations whose outstanding work contributes to making America’s civil justice system simpler, fairer and faster.

Judge Ableman is being recognized by the Institute for her “leadership in raising serious questions about asbestos lawyers’ non-disclosure of trust claims while serving as a Delaware Superior Court Judge” and “ongoing work in this area since leaving the bench, including (her) public commentary and legislative testimony on the need for fairness and openness in asbestos litigation.”   

Chairman of the Firm Michael P. Kelly said, “We are pleased that Peggy’s great work is receiving this significant national recognition, and we continue to value the exceptional guidance she provides to our clients.”

Judge Ableman joined the Wilmington, DE office of McCarter in February after serving for 29 years as a state trial judge, first on the Delaware Family Court and ultimately on the Superior Court of the State of Delaware. During her tenure on the Superior Court, Judge Ableman presided over the asbestos litigation docket for nearly two years, comprised of more than 500 cases involving litigants from all over the world. 

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