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Guerke, I. Barry
116 W. Water Street Dover, DE
Phone: (302) 678-3262
Fax: (302) 678-9415
Website: http://www.pgslegal.com

SUMMARY

Lawyer Overview

I. BARRY GUERKE, a Director in the firm, concentrates over 90% of his practice in the area of plaintiff's personal injury.

Mr. Guerke is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Dickinson School of Law. Following graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Daniel F. Wolcott and Associate Justice William Duffy of the Delaware Supreme Court. After passing the bar exam in 1973, he was admitted to the State Bar and United States District Court, District of Delaware in 1974, the United States Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit in 1982 and the United States Supreme Court in 2005.

Mr. Guerke is a past President of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, serving as a member of the Board of Governors of DTLA from 1986 to 1990 and from 1995 to the present. He has also served as President of the Kent County Bar Association and Vice President of the Delaware State Bar Association. He is currently Co-Chair of the DSBA Professional Guidance Committee.  Mr. Guerke was a member of the Delaware Judicial Nominating Commission from 1987 to 1992, serving as Secretary from 1989 to 1992. He is a member of the Kent County, Delaware State and American Bar Associations, Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), and Terry-Carey American Inns of Court. Mr. Guerke also currently serves as a member of the Kent County Superior Court Civil Advisory Committee.  He has been voted one of Delaware's top lawyers in plaintiff's personal injury in Delaware Today magazine.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury, Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death, Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents, Plaintiff
  • Premises Liability, Plaintiff
  • Property Damage, Plaintiff
  • Railroad Accidents, Plaintiff
  • Slip & Fall, Plaintiff
  • Animal Bites, Plaintiff

West Practice Categories

Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Animal Bites -- Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff, Premises Liability -- Plaintiff, Property Damage -- Plaintiff, Railroad Accidents -- Plaintiff, Slip and Fall -- Plaintiff, Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. District Court District of Delaware, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (membership limited to personal injury attorneys who have achieved multi-million dollar trial verdicts, awards or settlements) (Member)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (membership limited to personal injury attorneys who have achieved trial verdicts, awards or settlements in excess of one million dollars) (Member)
  • Delaware Trial Lawyers Association ((Board of Governors, 1986-1990, 1995-present; President, 1999-2000))
  • Kent County Bar Association ((President , 1985 - 1986))
  • Delaware State Bar Association ((Vice President, 1986 - 1987))
  • Delaware Judicial Nominating Commission ((Secretary, 1989 - 1992))
  • Governor's Magistrate Screening Committee ((Chair, 1985 - 1987))
  • American Bar Association
  • Terry-Carey American Inns of Court
  • American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) (Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • "Presenting Your Case at Trial", National Business Institute Building Your Civil Trial Skills Seminar, December 20, 2006 - December 21, 2006
  • "Lawyers Assistance Program and Professional Guidance Committee", DSBA Fundamentals of Lawyer - Client Relations Seminar, October 24, 2006
  • "Lawyers Assistance Program and Professional Guidance Committee", DSBA Fundamentals of Lawyer - Client Relations Seminar, October 18, 2005
  • "Lawyers Assistance Program and Professional Guidance Committee", DSBA Fundamentals of Lawyer - Client Relations Seminar, November 15, 2004
  • "Seizing the Momentum in Opening Statement", DTLA Annual Convention, June 11, 2004
  • Moderator, Panel Discussion: "Perspectives on Litigating Injury Cases 'South of the Canal'", DTLA Annual Convention, June 13, 2003
  • "Applying Techniques for Trying Low Impact Soft Tissue Cases in Real Life", DTLA Winter Seminar, February 22, 2002
  • "An Update: Demystifying M.I.S.T. (Minor Impact Soft Tissue) Cases", DTLA Fall Seminar, October 27, 2000
  • Panelist, Panel Discussion: "Tips for Successful ADR - Arbitration and Mediation", DTLA Annual Convention, June 9, 2000
  • Keynote Speaker: "Should Delaware Civil Juries be Less Than Twelve or Non-Unanimous?", DSBA Bench and Bar Conference, June 7, 2000
  • "An Overview of Strategies for Demystifying M.I.S.T. (Minor Impact Soft Tissue) Cases", ATLA New Jersey Boardwalk Seminar, April 14, 2000
  • "Kumho Tire v. Carmichael: Assessing its Effect", DTLA Brown Bag Luncheon Series, November 12, 1999
  • "Strategies for Demystifying M.I.S.T. (Minor Impact Soft Tissue) Cases", DTLA Fall Seminar, October 15, 1999
  • "Evaluating Your Case - Arbitration or Jury Trial?", DTLA Fall Seminar, October 2, 1998
  • Court Rules and Procedures Subcommittee Report and Recommendations: "Equal Justice For All", Delaware Supreme Court's Gender Fairness Task Force Seminar, September 7, 1995
  • "Tractor-Trailer Cases: Legislative Bases of Liability", DTLA Annual Convention, June 17, 1994
  • Panelist: "What's New? Part II - Recent Developments in the Law", DTLA Annual Convention, June 11, 1988
  • "Civil Rule 35: Physical and Mental Examinations of Persons", DSBA Seminar, October 31, 1980

Education

  • The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1973
    J.D.
  • University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 1970
    B.A.
Articles

Published Works

  • Panel Participant, "DTLA Past Presidents Forum", Advocate, Volume 32, Number 2, at 6 (Summer), 2008
  • I. Barry Guerke, "An Interview With Dr. Glen D. Rowe, Orthopedic Surgeon", Advocate, Volume 27, Number 33, at 22 (Summer), 2002
  • I. Barry Guerke and Randall Robbins," Civil Jury Trials: Less Than Unanimous Verdicts", Advocate, Volume 26, Number 1, at 18 (Winter), 2001
  • I. Barry Guerke, "Harnessing Juror Attitudes About Soft Tissue Cases", Advocate, Volume 26, Number 1, at 22 (Winter), 2001
  • I. Barry Guerke, "Demystifying M.I.S.T. (Minor Impact Soft Tissue Cases)", Advocate, Volume 25, Number 3, at 20 (Summer), 2000
  • I. Barry Guerke, "Discovery Abuse: Expert Interrogatory Answers", Advocate, Volume 25, Number 1, at 32, (Winter 1999/2000)
  • I. Barry Guerke, Chapter Fourteen, "The Rise and Fall of Specialization in Delaware", The Delaware Bar in the Twentieth Century, Delaware State Bar Association, Delaware, pp. 147-164, 1994
  • Guest Editorials, Wilmington News Journal
  • Guest Editorials, Delaware State News