The Delaware Judiciary mourned the passing of retired Justice Andrew G. T. Moore II and offered their condolences to his family and friends.
Moore, 83, served on the Delaware Supreme Court from 1982 to 1994.
At a time when Delaware law needed to innovate to address the takeover boom of the 1980s, Moore crafted opinions that secured Delaware’s role as the forum where all parties knew they would get a fair hearing and a sensible result at the speed demanded by the business world. To this day, his decisions in Unocal Corp. v. Mesa Petroleum Co. and Aronson v. Lewis are required reading in any corporate law class in the U.S.
Moore was born in New Orleans and graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate. The future justice then served as a law clerk to then-Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles L. Terry Jr. and practiced law in Wilmington for 18 years, primarily in corporate litigation before he was appointed as a justice in May 1982 by Gov. Pierre S. DuPont IV.
During his tenure on the court, in addition to the many rulings he wrote that attracted national interest, Moore helped the Lawyer’s Guidance Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association provide meaningful assistance to the lawyers in need of its aid. Moore was also among those that helped create a program called Delaware IOLTA — Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts — that has provided millions in dollars in aid to poor people who needed legal assistance.
After leaving the bench, Moore joined the investment banking firm of Dresdner, Kleinwort, Wasserstein Inc. as a senior managing director and senior adviser. From 2010 to 2017, Moore was a director in the Wilmington office of the Law Firm Gibbons PC.
Moore is survived by his wife Betsy, daughter Marianne Moore Viceconte and her husband Chris Viceconte, two grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a sister Hetsy Pickard (Kevin).
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 19 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1108 N. Adams St., Wilmington. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the Pilot School, 208 Woodlawn Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.