Ciro Poppiti, Partner 


A proactive and highly-experienced advocate, Ciro Poppiti forges long-term relationships with clients who rely on him to favorably resolve complex issues where government regulation intersects with real-world business decisions. Ciro is the founding chair of the Delaware State Bar Association Section on Tourism & Hospitality Law. He previously won the Bar Association's Government Service Award. Ciro is a Princeton University graduate, decorated Army officer, and adjunct professor at Wilmington University. 

Recent Legal Decisions of Note

Desai v. Town of Dagsboro (2020).  Role: Protesting attorney.  As reported by the Delaware State News: “By a 4-0 vote, members [of the town council] rescinded their previous approval, following objection from Ciro Poppiti of Poppiti Law.”


Kirit Patel v. Milfor, Inc.  2018 Del. Super. LEXIS 87.  Role: Appellant Attorney.


Bon Ayre Land, LLC v. Bon Ayre Community Association, 149 A.3d 227 (Del. 2016).  Role: State of Delaware Arbitrator, with praise from the Delaware Supreme Court:  “Finally, we note that the arbitrator took this contentious case very seriously.  The remand is occasioned by circumstances having nothing to do with the arbitrator’s own performance, because he addressed thoroughly the issues fairly presented to him by the parties.”


IMO The Estate of Leonard Rich, KC-ROW #F03072007R (October 29, 2013).  Role: Court of Chancery Master Pro Hac Vice, with praise from the Court blogger:  “In so doing, the Master succinctly stated the three-factor test to use when analyzing the appropriateness of deductions….”


Selected Scholarship

Author, U.S. Army National Guard – Trial Defense Service – Defense Counsel Deskbook, 2019-2020.  Received the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for this 250+ page tome.


Author, Trusts: Advanced Topics, Surgent CPE, 2019-2020.


Lecturer, “Professional Ethics for Army Lawyers,” presented to the Regional Conference of U.S. Army, National Guard, Trial Defense Service, 2018 and 2019.


Author, Top 10 Celebrity Estate Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, Surgent CPE, 2017.


Author, The Business of Booze: Accounting for Restaurants & Bars, Surgent CPE, 2017.


Author, Seniors Bill of Rights, 2016.




Princeton University, Bachelor of Arts

Gamma Kappa Alpha Honor Society


Widener University Law School, Juris Doctorate

Cum Laude.  Graduated in Top 10% of Class.  Certificate of Merit.


U.S. Army—The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School

Honors Graduate. Ranked 4th Overall.  Highest Standing in Legal Assistance.



Recent Pro Bono Activities

President / Vice-President / Treasurer / Secretary, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition


Founding Chair, St. Francis Hospital LIFE Senior Center


Chair, Delaware All-State Theatre


Chair, Delaware Pardon Initiative


Founding Chair, Delaware Commission on Italian Heritage & Culture


Guardian Ad Litem, Delaware Family Court