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Carl W. Heckert

A lifelong Delaware resident with more than 25 years of experience practicing family law, Carl W. Heckert is a respected and long-time practitioner of divorce litigation and mediation. His family law practice includes divorce, property division, custody, child support, alimony, protection from abuse, as well as grandparent and stepparent’s rights. He is also a Certified Family Law Mediator in Delaware following the state’s inaugural certification program by the Family Court of the State of Delaware as well as the Delaware State Bar Association. He has been elected secretary of the Delaware State Bar Association’s Family Law Section during the esteemed organization’s 100th anniversary year.

In addition, Carl’s business law practice specializes in corporation formation, sales of business and business assets. With settlements and refinances of both commercial and residential real estate in all three of Delaware’s counties and all Delaware courts, Carl has represented individuals and small to mid-sized businesses through real property purchase, sale as well as litigation of landlord/tenant disputes.

Carl has served as an adjunct professor at Widener School of Law – Delaware campus teaching litigation. He has also led Continuing Legal Education courses in family law matters including custody, protection from abuse and representing an unwilling minor as a guardian ad litem.

Prior to joining Gawthrop Greenwood, Carl was senior associate at the firm Joseph W. Benson, P.A. in Wilmington, DE. He is a member of the Delaware Bar Association and the Melson-Arsht Inns of Court. His community and civic involvement include his role as director of the DuPont Fish and Game Association.

Named to The Best Lawyers in America®, Carl received his law degree from Widener University School of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware.


  • Pennsylvania, 1991
  • Delaware, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, 1993


  • Widener University School of Law
  • University of Delaware, B.S., Business Administration


  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • Certified Family Law Mediator in Delaware
  • Melson-Arsht Inns of Court
  • DuPont Fish and Game Association


  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2020-2023
  • Top Lawyers, Delaware Today
  • Top Lawyers, Daily Local News, 2021-2022 Readers Choice Awards

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