Delaware Justice Randy J. Holland is set to retire at the end of March, ending a 30-year tenure on the First State's highest bench and opening up the first high-profile judicial nomination process for the state's brand new governor John C. Carney.

Justice Holland holds the distinction of being both the youngest jurist ever confirmed to the Delaware Supreme Court, which is keenly watched domestically and around the world for its decisions on high-octane business disputes and law, and the panel's longest serving member. He also is renowned as an expert in constitutional law.

Delaware attorney David Margules of Ballard Spahr LLP said Justice Holland's opinions were always straightforward, logical and easy to follow, despite the sometimes dense and complicated subjects upon which he ruled.

"His logic is always very clear, and his opinions were terrific roadmaps," Margules told Law360.

Margules also noted that Justice Holland has been one of the most influential jurists in Delaware in a generation, and praised him for his "decency" when dealing with colleagues.

"One of the great things about practicing in Delaware is that we have a lot of judges with some Randy Holland in them," Margules said. "He's the standard setter for decency."

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