Ralph Gants Nominated to Serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court
Edwards Wildman is delighted to congratulate Ralph Gants, who has been nominated by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to serve as chief justice of the state’s highest court. Gants is currently an associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and a former partner at the firm. If his appointment is confirmed by the governor’s council, Gants will succeed retiring justice Roderick Ireland this summer.
"We are thrilled that our former colleague has been nominated for this prestigious position," said Matthew V. P. McTygue, partner-in-charge of Edwards Wildman's Boston office. "This is a well-deserved appointment and a point of great pride for our firm."
Gants was a partner of the firm until 1997, when he was appointed to the Massachusetts Superior Court. He served in this role for 12 years, until he was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court by Governor Patrick in 2009. Earlier in his career, Gants was a special assistant to then-FBI director William Webster and was also a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston, where he served as head of the office’s public corruption division from 1988 to 1991. He is a graduate of Harvard University, Cambridge University in England, and Harvard Law School.