John GaulJohn Gaul ’78
BAAS / Political Science
Shareholder, Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson, LLC

John G. Gaul is the firm’s resolution coordinator in mass toxic tort asbestos litigation. He is currently Managing Director of our Philadelphia office.  For over 30 years, Mr. Gaul's practice has involved the management of national asbestos litigation on behalf of numerous corporate defendants, first with the Asbestos Claims Facility, then as Director of Law for the Center for Claims Resolution.

Due to his extensive in-house and national coordinating counsel and litigation experience, Mr. Gaul actively advises many of the firm's clients in mass tort litigation. He is keenly aware of the pressures faced by companies who are defendants in today's litigation environment and the impact that decisions made in the course of handling cases in the tort system may have on their ongoing business concerns.  Mr. Gaul advises our clients in national litigation matters leveraging the firm's case management technology capabilities.
Mr. Gaul is an AV Preeminent Rated attorney, selected as a '2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts Law'.

National Coordinating Counsel; Toxic Tort; Environmental Litigation; Product Liability; Complex Litigation; MDL 875 Multidistrict Litigation Coordinator.

Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; United States Supreme Court.

Villanova University (J.D. 1981); University of Delaware (B.A. 1978).


Pennsylvania Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel (1992-2006).


Mr. Gaul volunteers as a Child Advocate with the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia.  As a result, he has been enrolled in the First Judicial District Pro Bono Roll of Honor.  In addition, Mr. Gaul has been a mentor as part of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program of Bucks County, Pennsylvania since 2003.  He is also a current member of the University of Delaware Dean's Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences.  A former member of the University of Delaware Alumni Association Board of Directors, Mr. Gaul remains an active participant in various aspects of the Alumni Association's ongoing work.


Raymond Jacobsen

Raymond A. Jacobsen, Jr., Esq. ’71
BAAS / Political Science
Partner-Head, Regulation & Government Affairs Dept., McDermott, Will, & Emery

Raymond A. Jacobsen, Jr. is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Washington, D.C., office.  Ray focuses his practice on mergers, acquisitions and complex antitrust litigation, with significant experience in the defense, medical devices, biotech, consumer product, energy and health care industries.  Ray is a member of the Firm's Management Committee and Executive Committee.  Ray is a current member of the University of Delaware President’s Leadership Council and a former member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council.

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Darelle Lake Riabov

Darelle Lake Riabov ’73
BS / Textile Science
Owner, Wyndwood Tyme

Darelle Lake Riabov received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware, with a concentration in Textile Science. She also earned her teaching certificate before graduating early.  For more than 13 years, she served as Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, the state’s largest health insurer.  Her duties involved internal, external and executive communications, as well as advertising, marketing and public relations.  She was heavily involved in the company’s successful business affiliation with Highmark Inc., and helped prepare the organization for federal health care reform. During her tenure, Ms. Riabov also had responsibility for the company’s corporate contributions and grants programs, where she oversaw a $5 million budget and corporate support that impacted more than 150 community organizations annually.

During Ms. Riabov’s distinguished career, she also served as Vice President, Account Services, at Aloysius Butler & Clark, a prominent Wilmington advertising firm; the Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing at St. Francis Hospital; and the Director of Sales and Marketing at Hamm & Associates, a Wilmington advertising agency.  Early in her career, she worked as a Technical Sales and Marketing Associate for W.L. Gore & Associates in Elkton, Maryland, and initially taught in the Brandywine School District for nine years. Her varied career demonstrates that a UD degree can help prepare its graduates for jobs both within and outside of their fields of study.

Ms. Riabov also finds time to give back to her alma mater and community. She is the immediate past president of the University of Delaware Alumni Association and currently serves on the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council. Over thirteen years, she served as a sponsor for 30 student interns from UD’s Department of English. Four of them were later hired to be part of her staff. Ms. Riabov and her husband recently endowed a UD scholarship for women’s volleyball.

In addition to her involvement with UD, Ms. Riabov is a past president of Wilmington Women in Business, and past board member of Centreville School and the Cancer Support Community of Delaware.  She currently serves as a mentor for the United Way’s Women in Action Mentoring Program.

In 2010, Ms. Riabov and her husband, John (also a UD alumnus), launched a successful heirloom clock and watch repair business located in Landenberg, PA, called Wyndwood Tyme, as an “encore career” for both of them. After many years of corporate life, Ms. Riabov is now enjoying the challenges and rewards of owning a small business.

Mr. and Ms. Riabov are avid Blue Hen athletics enthusiasts and can be seen at football, basketball and volleyball games. In her free time, Ms. Riabov is taking art lessons at UD’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Stephen Shallo ’07
BAAS / History & Political Science
Director of Operations, Client Services, New York City Business Acceleration

Stephen Shallo is the Director of Operations—Client Services for New York City Business Acceleration. He has been with the unit since its inception in April 2010. In his role, Stephen manages the operations of the unit’s client management staff which are responsible for actively engaging business owners and coordinating the inspections/licenses required to operate. Stephen is also responsible for actively addressing the regulatory environment and identifying areas of improvement and/or consolidation. Additionally he is charged with maintaining professional partnerships with the leadership from Community Based Organizations, Elected Officials, City Agencies, and Industry leaders throughout the five boroughs.

Prior to joining New York City Business Acceleration, Stephen spent three years with the New York County District Attorney’s Office where he was served in the Trial Division. He was responsible for facilitating the development of misdemeanor and felony cases assigned to the Assistant District Attorneys within Trial Bureau Forty.  

He has a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Local Governance from Pace University and Bachelors Degree in History & Political Science with a concentration in Public Law from the University of Delaware. During his free time, Stephen volunteers with the University of Delaware Alumni Association as well as the New York City Alumni Club where he serves as Member-at-Large and President-Emeritus, respectively.




Lauren Sullivan’06
HBA / History & Political Science
Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the President & CEO, American Red Cross

Lauren Sullivan has been with the American Red Cross since 2007. She is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the President and CEO. In this role, she helps the President and CEO coordinate a portfolio of activities and acts as a liaison to senior staff and external partners and constituents. She also manages the daily activities of the office, including oversight of correspondence, scheduling, and briefing materials. Previously, she served as a Special Assistant to the President and CEO.

Lauren began working at the Red Cross in the Government Relations Department as a legislative specialist, focusing on state and Congressional relations. Prior to joining the Red Cross, she worked for the French Ministry of Education as a teaching assistant in Normandy, France.

Lauren earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating with honors in 2006 from the University of Delaware.