Robert J. Krapf

Director

302.651.7609
302.651.7701 (fax)
krapf@rlf.com

Robert Krapf, immediate past president of the firm, focuses his practice on a variety of transactional matters in the areas of real estate, commercial and land use law. His clients include many of the regional and national developers, landlords, banks and other lenders, conservation organizations, institutions, businesses and industries operating in and from Delaware. Mr. Krapf has held many leadership positions in the state and national bar and has served as a member and officer of the boards of many local, regional and international business, charitable and cultural organizations. He is a frequent speaker and author on topics of real estate and land use law.

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  • International real estate development company: Through multi-tiered, ground leasing, financing and equity, development of first significant shopping center in the City of Wilmington in over a decade
  • Regional insurer: For client who needed to relocate its corporate headquarters, helped craft tax incentives for the client to maintain high-quality jobs for the community. The client was able to use these tax savings to balance the community’s higher rental costs and remain in its community
  • Multi-state developer: Created multiple condominium projects for master-planned resort community of over 1,000 units
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Robert Krapf, immediate past president of the firm, focuses his practice on a variety of transactional matters in the areas of real estate, commercial and land use law. His clients include many of the regional and national developers, landlords, banks and other lenders, conservation organizations, institutions, businesses and industries operating in and from Delaware.

An active member of the bar and numerous other professional organizations, Mr. Krapf has held many local and national leadership positions. He is a frequent speaker on topics of real estate, land use and business law, and has published educational materials and articles about real estate law and land use regulation. Mr. Krapf has served as a member and officer of the boards of many local, regional and international business, charitable and cultural organizations.

Experience

  • International real estate development company: Through multi-tiered, ground leasing, financing and equity, development of first significant shopping center in the City of Wilmington in over a decade.
  • Regional insurer: For client who needed to relocate its corporate headquarters, helped craft tax incentives for the client to maintain high-quality jobs for the community. The client was able to use these tax savings to balance the community’s higher rental costs and remain in its community.
  • Multi-state developer: Created multiple condominium projects for master-planned resort community of over 1,000 units.
  • Regional developer: Developed major regional retail center from acquisition, through rezoning, construction and leasing.
  • Large regional bank: Mezzanine loan for the acquisition of one of Wilmington’s largest office buildings.
  • International industry: Acquisition of only petroleum refinery located in Delaware.

Publications

  • "The Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act: Four Elements for a Better Arbitration," ABA eReport, May 2016   View >
  • "An Overview of the Real Estate Finance Opinion Report of 2012," Delaware Law Review, 2014   View >
  • “Tenant’s Pre-signing Flowchart,” Practical Law: The Journal, June 2011
  • “Voluntary Good Practices Guidance for Lawyers: Our Role in the Fight Against Crime and Terrorism,” Abstracts, American College of Mortgage Attorneys, 2011
  • “Delaware Construction and Design Law,” co-authored with Frederick L. Cottrell III et al, in C. J. Circo, et al., eds., A State-by-State Guide to Construction & Design Law: Current Statutes and Practice, American Bar Association, 2008

Presentations

  • "American College of Mortgage Attorneys' 2012 Annual Meeting," October 11, 2012
  • "ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law 22nd Annual Spring Symposia," April 28, 2011
  • "American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA) 2010 Annual Meeting," September 23, 2010

Awards

  • American Bar Foundation Fellow, since 2010
  • Exemplary Pro Bono Public Services Award, Delaware Supreme Court, 2006
  • President’s Citation, Delaware State Bar Association, 2000
  • Chambers USA, since 2003
  • The Best Lawyers in America, since 1993
  • Best Lawyers’ Wilmington, DE Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2011, 2009
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, 2015, 2010, 2008, 2001, 1999, 1996
  • Lawdragon, since 2006
  • Super Lawyers, since 2007
  • Who’s Who Legal, since 2004
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers, since 2004

Leadership

  • Delaware State Bar Association
    • Executive Committee, 2007-2009, 2010-2014
    • Committee on Judicial Compensation, 2004
    • Real and Personal Property Section, Chair, 1990-1992
      • Section 2118 Subcommittee (principal drafter of revisions to future advances priority legislation)
      • Condominium Act Subcommittee (a principal drafter of Delaware Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act)
      • Commercial Landlord-Tenant Subcommittee (participant in review and redraft of Landlord-Tenant Code of 1996)
    • Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney Accounts and Unauthorized Practice 
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Chair
    • Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section, Chair- Elect, 2014-2015
    • Real Property Division Vice Chair, 2012-2014
    • Real Property Division Council, 2009-2012; Assistant Secretary, 2004-2005
    • Advisor to NCCUSL Drafting Committee on Amendments to Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, 2003-present
    • Committee on Groups and Committees, Past Co-Chair, 2005-2008
    • Real Property Division Special Investors Group, Past Chair
    • Land Use Regulation Committee, Past Chair
    • RP Division CLE Committee, Past Chair, 2003-2005
    • Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies Committee, Past Vice-Chair, 2002-2005
    • Planning Committee, 2008-2014; Chair 2014-2015
    • Corporate Sponsorship Committee, Co-Vice Chair, 2010-2012
    • State and Local Government Law Section Zoning Committee
    • Business Law Section Partnerships Committee
    • Construction Law Forum
  • International Bar Association
    • Real Estate Law Committee
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys  
    • President, 2009-2010 
    • President-Elect, 2008-2009
    • Treasurer, 2007-2008
    • Secretary, 2006-2007
    • Regent, 2000-2006
    • State Chairs Committee, Past Chair 
    • Legislation Committee, Past Chair
    • Past Representative to Association Advisory Board of the Working Group on Legal Opinions
    • Liaison to Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Property Acts, NCCUSL, 2002-2005
    • Budget Committee
    • Opinions Committee
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers Fellow
    • Legal Entities Committee, Chair, 2011-2012
    • Land Use Committee
    • Opinions Committee
  • Lex Mundi
    • Real Estate Practice Group, Chair Emeritus, 2007-2009
    • Real Estate Practice Group, Chair, 2005-2007
    • Real Estate Practice Group, Regional Vice Chair (North America),  2003-2005
  • Other Professional Activities
    • Delaware Law Review, Editorial Board, 2005-2013
    • Practical Law Company, PLC Law Department Panel for Real Estate, 2009-present
  • Community Activities
    • Member, Delaware Business Roundtable (2015-present) 
    • Board, Wilmington Leaders Alliance (2016-present) 
    • The American University of Rome, Trustee, 2003-present; Secretary, 2007-present; Presidential Search Committee Chair, 2005-2006
    • Delaware Art Museum, Trustee, 2010-2013
    • Delaware Center for Horticulture, Board Member, 2003-2005 
    • Committee of 100, Board Member, 1998-2004
    • Martin Luther Foundation, Wilmington, DE, Past Chair
    • Lutheran Community Services, Inc., Wilmington, DE, Past President 
    • Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Past President, 1996-2000, Board of Trustees, 1994-2000
    • Council of Delaware Humanities Forum, Vice-Chair, 1996-1999
    • Lincoln Club of Delaware, President, 1998
    • Lutheran Senior Services Admission Board, 1997-1999 
    • Committee of 100, Land Use and the Environment Committee

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Widener University School of Law, 1983
  • M.A., History, University of Delaware, 1975
  • B.S.F.S., School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1973

Admitted to Practice

  • Delaware, 1983

Pro Bono Activities

  • Eastside Rising: revitalization of distressed part of local community, 2014-present
  • Court-appointed receiver for the law practice of a disbarred Delaware lawyer, 1999-2015
  • Lutheran Community Services, merger with Faith Center, 2008
  • Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, acquisition and construction of new arts facility in Wilmington, 2000

Experience

  • International real estate development company: Through multi-tiered, ground leasing, financing and equity, development of first significant shopping center in the City of Wilmington in over a decade.
  • Regional insurer: For client who needed to relocate its corporate headquarters, helped craft tax incentives for the client to maintain high-quality jobs for the community. The client was able to use these tax savings to balance the community’s higher rental costs and remain in its community.
  • Multi-state developer: Created multiple condominium projects for master-planned resort community of over 1,000 units.
  • Regional developer: Developed major regional retail center from acquisition, through rezoning, construction and leasing.
  • Large regional bank: Mezzanine loan for the acquisition of one of Wilmington’s largest office buildings.
  • International industry: Acquisition of only petroleum refinery located in Delaware.

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Widener University School of Law, 1983
  • M.A., History, University of Delaware, 1975
  • B.S.F.S., School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1973

Publications

  • "The Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act: Four Elements for a Better Arbitration," ABA eReport, May 2016   View >
  • "An Overview of the Real Estate Finance Opinion Report of 2012," Delaware Law Review, 2014   View >
  • “Tenant’s Pre-signing Flowchart,” Practical Law: The Journal, June 2011
  • “Voluntary Good Practices Guidance for Lawyers: Our Role in the Fight Against Crime and Terrorism,” Abstracts, American College of Mortgage Attorneys, 2011
  • “Delaware Construction and Design Law,” co-authored with Frederick L. Cottrell III et al, in C. J. Circo, et al., eds., A State-by-State Guide to Construction & Design Law: Current Statutes and Practice, American Bar Association, 2008

Presentations

  • "American College of Mortgage Attorneys' 2012 Annual Meeting," October 11, 2012
  • "ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law 22nd Annual Spring Symposia," April 28, 2011
  • "American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA) 2010 Annual Meeting," September 23, 2010

Awards

  • American Bar Foundation Fellow, since 2010
  • Exemplary Pro Bono Public Services Award, Delaware Supreme Court, 2006
  • President’s Citation, Delaware State Bar Association, 2000
  • Chambers USA, since 2003
  • The Best Lawyers in America, since 1993
  • Best Lawyers’ Wilmington, DE Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2011, 2009
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, 2015, 2010, 2008, 2001, 1999, 1996
  • Lawdragon, since 2006
  • Super Lawyers, since 2007
  • Who’s Who Legal, since 2004
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers, since 2004

Leadership

  • Delaware State Bar Association
    • Executive Committee, 2007-2009, 2010-2014
    • Committee on Judicial Compensation, 2004
    • Real and Personal Property Section, Chair, 1990-1992
      • Section 2118 Subcommittee (principal drafter of revisions to future advances priority legislation)
      • Condominium Act Subcommittee (a principal drafter of Delaware Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act)
      • Commercial Landlord-Tenant Subcommittee (participant in review and redraft of Landlord-Tenant Code of 1996)
    • Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney Accounts and Unauthorized Practice 
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Chair
    • Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section, Chair- Elect, 2014-2015
    • Real Property Division Vice Chair, 2012-2014
    • Real Property Division Council, 2009-2012; Assistant Secretary, 2004-2005
    • Advisor to NCCUSL Drafting Committee on Amendments to Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, 2003-present
    • Committee on Groups and Committees, Past Co-Chair, 2005-2008
    • Real Property Division Special Investors Group, Past Chair
    • Land Use Regulation Committee, Past Chair
    • RP Division CLE Committee, Past Chair, 2003-2005
    • Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies Committee, Past Vice-Chair, 2002-2005
    • Planning Committee, 2008-2014; Chair 2014-2015
    • Corporate Sponsorship Committee, Co-Vice Chair, 2010-2012
    • State and Local Government Law Section Zoning Committee
    • Business Law Section Partnerships Committee
    • Construction Law Forum
  • International Bar Association
    • Real Estate Law Committee
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys  
    • President, 2009-2010 
    • President-Elect, 2008-2009
    • Treasurer, 2007-2008
    • Secretary, 2006-2007
    • Regent, 2000-2006
    • State Chairs Committee, Past Chair 
    • Legislation Committee, Past Chair
    • Past Representative to Association Advisory Board of the Working Group on Legal Opinions
    • Liaison to Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Property Acts, NCCUSL, 2002-2005
    • Budget Committee
    • Opinions Committee
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers Fellow
    • Legal Entities Committee, Chair, 2011-2012
    • Land Use Committee
    • Opinions Committee
  • Lex Mundi
    • Real Estate Practice Group, Chair Emeritus, 2007-2009
    • Real Estate Practice Group, Chair, 2005-2007
    • Real Estate Practice Group, Regional Vice Chair (North America),  2003-2005
  • Other Professional Activities
    • Delaware Law Review, Editorial Board, 2005-2013
    • Practical Law Company, PLC Law Department Panel for Real Estate, 2009-present
  • Community Activities
    • Member, Delaware Business Roundtable (2015-present) 
    • Board, Wilmington Leaders Alliance (2016-present) 
    • The American University of Rome, Trustee, 2003-present; Secretary, 2007-present; Presidential Search Committee Chair, 2005-2006
    • Delaware Art Museum, Trustee, 2010-2013
    • Delaware Center for Horticulture, Board Member, 2003-2005 
    • Committee of 100, Board Member, 1998-2004
    • Martin Luther Foundation, Wilmington, DE, Past Chair
    • Lutheran Community Services, Inc., Wilmington, DE, Past President 
    • Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Past President, 1996-2000, Board of Trustees, 1994-2000
    • Council of Delaware Humanities Forum, Vice-Chair, 1996-1999
    • Lincoln Club of Delaware, President, 1998
    • Lutheran Senior Services Admission Board, 1997-1999 
    • Committee of 100, Land Use and the Environment Committee