UPDATE 1-Outspoken Strine nominated to lead Delaware Supreme Court

Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 1:28 PM ET

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Leo Strine, the outspoken chief judge of Delaware's nationally important business court, has been nominated to lead the state's Supreme Court, Governor Jack Markell announced on Wednesday.

Delaware's Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the state's laws, including its corporate law which attracts many U.S. companies to incorporate there.

"Leo Strine is well-positioned to build upon our courts' deserved reputation for excellence if he is confirmed by the Senate," said Markell in a statement.

Strine's nomination must be confirmed by the state's 21-member Senate, where the governor's Democratic party holds 13 seats.

As head of the Court of Chancery, the state's non-jury business court, Strine has earned wide respect for meaty, 100-page legal opinions that defy easy labels as friendly to management or shareholders.

But some lawyers grumble about his domineering style, and he frequently raises eyebrows with his courtroom digressions.

"If the Senate confirms me to this important position, I will do everything I can to repay the confidence they and the governor will have entrusted in me," Strine, 49, said in a statement.