Robert W. Whetzel

Director

302.651.7634
302.651.7701 (fax)
whetzel@rlf.com
Robert Whetzel, chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, handles a wide range of business and commercial matters, with an emphasis on technology, environmental, energy and intellectual property disputes. Bob represents clients in the petrochemical, energy, technology, entertainment, finance, higher education, municipal and manufacturing sectors in litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters. He also has extensive experience with federal and state environmental agencies, in enforcement, permitting and transactional matters.
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  • Representation of a manufacturer of electrical components in defense of intellectual property litigation
  • Representation of a petrochemical manufacturer in arbitration relating to valuation of interest in a joint venture
  • Representation of refinery in dispute relating to supply agreement and damage to operations of the facility
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Robert W. Whetzel, chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, handles a wide range of business and commercial matters, with an emphasis on technology, environmental, energy and intellectual property disputes. Bob represents manufacturers, energy companies, utilities, developers, lenders, municipalities and others in litigation and regulatory matters. He has extensive experience with federal and state environmental agencies, and with enforcement, permitting, and transactional matters.

Experience

  • Representation of a manufacturer of electrical components in defense of intellectual property litigation
  • Representation of a petrochemical manufacturer in arbitration relating to valuation of interest in a joint venture
  • Representation of refinery in dispute relating to supply agreement and damage to operations of the facility

Publications

  • "Tank Trap? Lender Liability Reform and Expanded Scope of Underground Storage Tank Liability for Owners and Operators," Delaware Banker, Summer 2014   View >
  • "Dispute Resolution 2014: Delaware," Getting the Deal Through, June 2014   View >
  • "Dispute Resolution 2013: Delaware," Getting the Deal Through, June 2013   View >

Presentations

  • "The Delaware Coastal Zone Act at 40: Past, Present, and Future," September 30, 2011
  • "Environmental Law 2010 - Sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association," June 16, 2010
  • "Turning Ideas to Dollars: Marketing Intellectual Property," June 5, 2010
  • Environmental Law 2013 - Sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association

Awards

  • Benchmark Litigation, 2017, 2016, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America, since 2008
  • Best Lawyers’ Wilmington, DE Environmental Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2012
  • Super Lawyers, since 2009
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010; Top Vote-Getter, Environmental Law, 2014, 2013

Leadership

  • American College of Environmental Lawyers, Founding Member and Treasurer
  • Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Committee, Chair 
  • Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, Past Chair
  • The Stroud Center, Board of Directors

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Villanova University School of Law, Order of the Coif, 1984
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, 1981

Admitted to Practice

  • Delaware, 1984
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1984

Experience

  • Representation of a manufacturer of electrical components in defense of intellectual property litigation
  • Representation of a petrochemical manufacturer in arbitration relating to valuation of interest in a joint venture
  • Representation of refinery in dispute relating to supply agreement and damage to operations of the facility

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Villanova University School of Law, Order of the Coif, 1984
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, 1981

Publications

  • "Tank Trap? Lender Liability Reform and Expanded Scope of Underground Storage Tank Liability for Owners and Operators," Delaware Banker, Summer 2014   View >
  • "Dispute Resolution 2014: Delaware," Getting the Deal Through, June 2014   View >
  • "Dispute Resolution 2013: Delaware," Getting the Deal Through, June 2013   View >

Presentations

  • "The Delaware Coastal Zone Act at 40: Past, Present, and Future," September 30, 2011
  • "Environmental Law 2010 - Sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association," June 16, 2010
  • "Turning Ideas to Dollars: Marketing Intellectual Property," June 5, 2010
  • Environmental Law 2013 - Sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association

Awards

  • Benchmark Litigation, 2017, 2016, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America, since 2008
  • Best Lawyers’ Wilmington, DE Environmental Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2012
  • Super Lawyers, since 2009
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010; Top Vote-Getter, Environmental Law, 2014, 2013

Leadership

  • American College of Environmental Lawyers, Founding Member and Treasurer
  • Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Committee, Chair 
  • Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, Past Chair
  • The Stroud Center, Board of Directors