Delaware Public Policy Institute Elects Michael Houghton to Board of Trustees

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Wilmington, DE (June 19, 2015) - On Wednesday, June 17, the Delaware Public Policy Institute (DPPI) elected Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP partner Michael Houghton to its Board of Trustees.

“I am very pleased to join the Board of DPPI. My entire professional career has involved working with the mix of legal, business, regulatory and public policy issues which shape our state. I look forward to helping to study and develop solutions to the difficult challenges Delaware faces, especially in the areas of economic development and the fiscal and financial health and stability of the state.”

A leader in the Delaware legal and political community for more than 30 years, Mike has worked in numerous roles within the Delaware bar and business associations and he has been honored for his outstanding service. In January 2015, he received the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce (“DSCC”) A.R. Morris Board Member of the Year award. In November 2014, the Delaware State Bar Association (“DSBA”) presented Mike with the Award for Outstanding Service to the Courts and the Bar. Mike has recently been appointed by Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. to the new Judicial Strategies Committee designed to implement long-term strategic planning for the Delaware courts and by the President of the DSBA to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Bar Foundation.

He serves on the Board of the DSCC, the Executive Committee of the DSBA and the Morris Nichols Executive Committee.

In his legal practice, Mike represents governmental entities, banks, trust companies, insurance companies and public utilities in commercial transactions and before regulatory authorities and state, county and local governments. He has also advised and represented companies on issues involving unclaimed property law for more than 25 years.

About DPPI

The Delaware Public Policy Institute (DPPI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental public policy research organization. The Institute identifies emerging issues that drive Delaware’s future agenda. Created in 1990, the organization conducts research to offer real solutions for problems affecting all Delawareans. The current DPPI Board of Trustees consists of its Chair, Robert W. Perkins (Brandywine Public Strategies, LLC), and Board members Dr. Paul Herdman (The Rodel Foundation of Delaware), Dr. Janice Nevin, MD (Christiana Care Health System), Dr. Daniel Rich (University of Delaware), Wayne Smith (Delaware Healthcare Association), Gary Stockbridge (Delmarva Power), Richelle Vible (Catholic Charities), Rodman Ward III (Corporation Service Company - CSC), and Rich Heffron (President - DSCC).

The DPPI is an affiliate of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. The DSCC strengthens Delaware’s businesses through programs, legislative advocacy, small business services, and special networking events. Learn more at

About Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

Morris Nichols combines a broad national practice of corporate, intellectual property, business reorganization and restructuring, commercial law and litigation with a general business, tax, estate planning and real estate practice within the State of Delaware. The firm is regularly involved as lead counsel or co-counsel in matters of national and international significance, as well as those affecting its immediate community. Follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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