Thomas P. Preston, Senior Counsel

Thomas P. “Tom” Preston has been a practicing trial lawyer since 1975. Over the course of his career, he has been a partner in several firms based in Philadelphia and Wilmington, for which he has tried civil cases in all of the state and federal courts.  Throughout his years in private practice he specialized in corporate and commercial disputes, as well as employment/labor.

In 2010 Tom left private practice to become the first General Counsel at Delaware State University, one of the top HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in America.  In this position he was responsible for a myriad of issues, ranging from employment disputes and labor negotiations to contract negotiation, advising the University Board of Trustees, analyzing and advising on Federal program guidelines, patent and trademark issues, and directing all University–related litigation. He retired from the University in November of 2015.

Tom has subsequently become certified by the Delaware Supreme Court as an arbitrator/mediator pursuant to a Bar Association CLE program.  His areas of specialization include commercial disputes and employment law issues.

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A., Yale University

Admitted to Practice

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania (Retired)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court

Membership and Service

  • Delaware Bar Association (Alternative Dispute Resolution Section)
  • Saint Francis Hospital, Board of Trustees for 8 Years, Member and Chair
  • WSFS Bank, Board of Directors for 22 Years, Member of Executive Committee, Audit Committee and Governance Committee (Chair)
  • Tatnall School, Board of Trustees for 16 Years, Member and President
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Trustee
  • Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, Board of Trustees for 3 Years