In August 2015, Jeff Wasserman's 32-year career as a practicing attorney came to an end when the Delaware Supreme Court granted his petition to be transferred to disability/inactive status. His legal career was marred by gambling addiction and related behaviors, which had far-reaching consequences on both his personal life and his family.
Today, Jeff serves as the Judicial Outreach and Development Director for the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems. In this role, he leads efforts to raise awareness of gambling addiction among judges, lawyers, and other individuals in the legal system. Over the past five years, Jeff has achieved International Certified Gambling Counselor and Certified Peer Recovery Specialist certifications, making him the first person in Delaware with lived experience in gambling addiction to hold these qualifications.
Jeff is deeply committed to his community work, which includes taking calls on a problem gambling helpline, providing sponsorship and peer support to individuals struggling with problem gambling, serving on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling, and volunteering for organizations like the Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program and Pennsylvania Concerned for Lawyers. He is also the founder and facilitator of an online Problem Gambling Support Group, which connects problem gamblers from all over the world.
Jeff's expertise has made him a sought-after presenter and keynote speaker for various organizations, agencies, and institutions. He has shared his insights and knowledge with the Delaware State Bar Association, Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, Delaware Office of Disciplinary Council, ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, Arizona Department of Gaming, Montana State Bar Association, National Council on Problem Gambling, Delaware Mental Health Association, and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
Jeff's advocacy and expertise have also caught the attention of local and national news outlets, where he has been interviewed on problem gambling issues. He co-hosts "All In: The Addicted Gambler's Podcast," contributing to the ongoing conversation around this important issue.