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Hon. Mary Pat Thynge

Hon. Mary Pat Thynge

United States District Court, District of Delaware
Chief Magistrate Judge
Wilmington, DE, USA


Judge Mary Pat Thynge has served as a Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court of the District of Delaware since June 1992, and currently serves as its Chief Magistrate Judge. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Thynge was the managing attorney for the Wilmington office of the law firm of White & Williams. Previously, she was associated with the law firm of Biggs & Battaglia. Judge Thynge is a member of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association and serves on its Board as the Third Circuit Representative, on its Civil/Criminal Federal Rules Review Committee and as its Membership Chair. Since 2004, she has served as Executive Editor for the Federal Courts Law Review.

Since her elevation to the bench, Judge Thynge has developed and managed the ADR program of the District Court in Delaware and has been actively involved in continuing legal education programs, primarily regarding ADR, the Federal and Local Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence. She has mediated over 1400 cases, of which more than 500 matters involved patent disputes. She authored the chapter Mediation: One Judge’s Perspective (Or Infusing Sanity into Intellectual Property Litigation) in the book ADR ADVOCACY STRATEGIES AND PRACTICE FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CASES 2011.
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