Robert J. Katzenstein

Robert J. Katzenstein: Attorney with Smith, Katzenstein & Jenkins LLP AV stamp icon


As a litigator before the Court of Chancery, Bob has handled contests involving the control of corporations and partnerships, stockholder derivative actions, stock list cases and contract cases.

Bob has extensive experience litigating cases in Superior Court, and in particular the Complex Commercial Litigation Division (“CCLD”) of that Court. Bob is an original member of the CCLD Advisory Committee, which recommended the CCLD policies and procedures. His Superior Court experience includes commercial, insurance coverage and liability cases.

A member of the panel of commercial arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, Bob has extensive experience as an arbitrator and mediator.

Bob has represented insurers in several high profile coverage cases, including claims arising from the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and from Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, and cases involving toxic waste, asbestos, product liability and professional liability claims.

Bob began his career as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he handled civil and criminal cases for several consumer protection agencies.

Bob holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell (1987-2018), has been named to the Delaware Super Lawyer list (2007-2018) and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2007-2019).

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Chancery/Corporate Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defense and Coverage Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
888-388-4830  Phone
302-652-8400  Phone
302-652-8405  Fax
University Attended:
Yale College, B.A., cum laude, 1973
Law School Attended:
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1976
Year of First Admission:
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; United States District Court for the District of Delaware; 1976, Delaware


•American Arbitration Association; Member, Panel of Commercial Arbitrators
•Delaware State Bar Association; Member, Corporation Law Section, Litigation Section; Formerly Co-chair, Committee on Judicial Appointments
•American College of Coverage Counsel
•Product Liability Advisory Council
•International Association of Defense Counsel
•Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court; Bencher
•America Bar Foundation, fellow
•American Bar Association
•Board of Bar Examiners of the Delaware Supreme Court; Past Member
•Defense Counsel of Delaware; Past President
•American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula; Past Board Chair and Member
•Mass for the Homeless, Inc.; Past Board Chair and Member

Birth Information:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 2, 1951
Reported Cases:
Experience: In a case of first impression in Delaware, the Superior Court, applying the Full Faith and Credit clause of the U. S. Constitution, denied motion to dismiss client's registration of Arizona judgment under the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act, even though the Canadian judgment upon which the Arizona judgment was based could not have been domesticated under the Uniform Foreign-Country Money Judgment Recognition Act. The Delaware Supreme Court affirmed on November 5, 2015 Alberta Securities Comm'n v. Ryckman, 2015 WL 2265473 (Del. Super. May 5, 2015) aff'd, 2015 WL 6848141 (Order) (Del. Nov. 5, 2015). Lead trial counsel in successful case against largest class member that refused to pay its share of attorneys' fees. Smith, Katzenstein & Jenkins LLP v. Fidelity Management & Research Co., 2014 WL 1599935 (Del. Ch. Apr. 16, 2014). Won summary judgment for insurer in coverage case, based upon attorney professional liability policy exclusion of any dispute over fees or costs. Attorneys Liability Protection Society, Inc. v. Eisenhofer and Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A., 2014 WL 2884506 (Del. Superior Ct. June 10, 2014). Won dismissal of defendant in helicopter fatality case based on lack of personal jurisdiction. Laugelle v. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., et al., (Del. Superior Ct. 2012). Obtained dismissal on ground of no personal jurisdiction with respect to declaratory judgment action concerning buy-sell provision of limited liability company agreement. In re: KM Staunton Development, Inc. (Del. Ch. 2011).

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Wilmington, Delaware

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