We are deeply saddened to share that Rod Ward, the founder and longtime leader of our Wilmington office, passed away on March 18.
Rod helped launch the Wilmington office in 1979, making Skadden the first firm not headquartered in Delaware to establish a local office. Over the next 20-plus years, Rod led our Wilmington team while cementing his stature as one of the state’s top litigators. In addition, he served as the president of the Delaware State Bar, a member of numerous Delaware and New York bar committees, and a trustee of the Medical Center of Delaware and the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. Rod retired from the Firm in 2004.
Rod attended Williams College (’56) and Harvard Law School (’59) and served in the Air Force for three years as a judge advocate at an air base in Japan before entering private practice.
We send our deepest condolences to Rod’s wife, Susan, and their family.