Bankruptcy judge Gross to retire

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After presiding over major bankruptcy cases that included the Los Angeles Dodgers, Delaware U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Kevin Gross is planning to retire.

Gross plans to step down in March 2020 after 14-years at the bench.

Gross presided over a high profile bankruptcy that included a divorce by then-owner Frank McCourt as well as a dispute over television rights with Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

Bloomberg Law’s story on his plannedretirement and a lengthier piece in the Federal Lawyer publication noted that Gross is known for his warm and friendly courtroom manner and his legal and mediation skills.

The Dodgers were eventually sold for what was a record sum at the time.

As a mediator, Delaware native and University of Delaware graduate Gross was known to insist on long hours, including nights and weekends in hammering out agreements.

Christopher S. Sontchi, chief judge of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court was lavish in his praise of Gross.

“Judge Gross is a remarkably kind person and a terrific judge. His judicial and personal temperament is beyond compare. He makes pragmatic decisions, writes wonderful opinions and is a warm and helpful colleague. His extraordinary skills as a mediator are well known and he has selflessly provided invaluable service to his colleagues, the bar and the litigants in that capacity. We are saddened he is leaving us. We are also pleased that Judge Gross will be moving on to what we expect will be an enjoyable retirement,” Sontchi stated

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