|Name||Matthew P. "Matt" Denn|
Wilmington, Delaware , United States
|| February 09, 1966
Mar 18, 2023 08:59pm
|Info||Born and Raised in Delaware |
Matt was born in Wilmington and grew up in Hockessin. His father, Morton Denn, was a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Delaware, and his mother helped to run the former Newark Art Gallery before returning to school to earn her graduate degree in psychology.
Matt attended Yorklyn Elementary School and H.B. Dupont Junior High School, before moving to California with his family when he was starting high school. He attended college at the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with honors. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1991, where he served as a Colker Teaching Fellow in Constitutional Law. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Widener Law School in the area of constitutional law.
Community and Professional Service
Upon returning to Delaware in 1991, Matt worked for two years with Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, operating free legal aid clinics for those who could not afford lawyers. After leaving DVLS, Matt went into private practice, and ultimately became a partner with the law firm of Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor in 2000. At Young Conaway, Matt argued cases involving insurance disputes, personal injuries, real estate, commercial and corporate disputes, and bankruptcies. Matt has argued cases in every court system in the state of Delaware, from the Justice of the Peace Courts up through the Delaware Supreme Court. Matt has also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Young Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association.
In 1998, Governor Thomas R. Carper named Matt as the chairman of the state's new Child Protection Accountability Commission, a commission set up in the aftermath of the deaths of several children in state care. In that position, Matt helped to dramatically reduce the caseloads carried by child protective services workers, and to initiate a variety of other steps to improve the safety of children.
Matt also served on a variety of boards and commissions during his years in the private practice of law, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Delaware, the Wilmington Civil Rights Commission, and the Kutz Home.
As Governor Ruth Ann Minner's legal counsel from 2001 through 2003, Matt wrote several of the Governor's major legislative initiatives, such as the Patients Bill of Rights (regulating health insurance companies), tough anti-terrorism legislation, strong environmental legislation, and legislation protecting school teachers from lawsuits. He also worked with the Governor to see these bills passed through the General Assembly. Matt also represented the Governor on a variety of task forces, including the Governor's Strategic Economic Council and the Governor's Cancer Task Force.
Matt lives in Wilmington with his wife Michele. He is currently practicing law with Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor while he campaigns for the Insurance Commissioner's office.