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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Robert W. Whetzel, chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, advises a wide range of clients on issues arising under federal and state environmental laws. He has extensive experience with federal and state environmental agencies, and in private-party environmental litigation. He also handles complex permitting matters and transactional matters.  Bob represents clients across the full range of environmental issues, including air, water, solid and hazardous waste, site acquisition and development, and site remediation. His practice includes permitting, compliance counseling, enforcement and private-party environmental litigation.
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Robert W. Whetzel, chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, advises a wide range of clients on issues arising under federal and state environmental laws. He has extensive experience with federal and state environmental agencies, and in private-party environmental litigation. He also handles complex permitting matters and transactional matters.  Bob represents clients across the full range of environmental issues, including air, water, solid and hazardous waste, site acquisition and development, and site remediation. His practice includes permitting, compliance counseling, enforcement and private-party environmental litigation.

Appearing before a variety of courts, agencies and administrative tribunes on environmental matters, Bob’s recent engagements have included compliance counseling for major chemical manufacturers, defense of EPA multimedia enforcement actions, appeals of TMDL regulations and water quality standards, appeals of Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act regulations, and numerous permit appeals. Bob has recently advised a major research university on the acquisition and re-development of a former auto assembly plant, and he is advising several organizations on issues relating to climate change and sea level rise. Bob also represents both new and existing businesses in permitting matters, recently handling permitting issues for manufacturing, recycling companies, energy companies and utilities.

Bob is active in legislative affairs in the State of Delaware, testifying and commenting on numerous environmental proposals. He is a registered lobbyist in the State of Delaware, and frequently testifies on environmental legislation. 

Bob has served on numerous regulatory advisory committees, including the Brownfields Advisory Committee, the Chronic Violators Regulatory Development Committee, the Hazardous Substance Cleanup Act Advisory Group and the Title V Fee Advisory Committee. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on environmental issues, Bob was recently a panelist at a program entitled "The Delaware Coastal Zone Act at 40: Past, Present, and Future," presented by Widener University School of Law.

Experience

A list of representative clients and matters is available upon request.

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, 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, 2015, 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

A list of representative clients and matters is available upon request.

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, 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, 2015, 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