Robert K. Beste

Robert K. Beste: Attorney with Smith, Katzenstein & Jenkins LLP
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Rob focuses his practice in Delaware’s Court of Chancery, where he represents corporations, entities, fiduciaries, and stockholders in a wide range of corporate litigation, including fiduciary duty and class actions, governance disputes, appraisal actions, books and records actions, director election contests, contract disputes, and similar matters. Rob has tried cases to judgment in both the Court of Chancery and the Superior Court, and he regularly engages in appellate work in Delaware’s Supreme Court, where he has argued cases before the court. Rob clerked in the Superior Court for The Honorable Joseph R. Slights, III during the 2001 term.

Rob is a co-author of Automobile Injury and Insurance Claims: Delaware Law and Practice, a widely circulated treatise first published in 2003 and supplemented annually. The treatise is used extensively by Delaware attorneys, as well as members of the bench and the insurance industry.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Chancery/Corporate Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law and Litigation
  • Insurance Defense and Coverage Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
888-388-4830  Phone
302-652-8400  Phone
302-652-8405  Fax
University Attended:
West Virginia University, B.A., 1997
Law School Attended:
Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2000
Year of First Admission:
United States District Court for the District of Delaware; 2000, Delaware; 2004, Maryland; United States District Court for the District of Maryland; United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

•Delaware State Bar Association; Member
Birth Information:
Wilmington, Delaware, 1975
Reported Cases:
Experience: In January 2016, the Court of Chancery approved a $4.6 million settlement obtained on behalf of a class of common stockholders of Trados, Inc.; In InterDigital v. Wistron, Rob obtained a temporary restraining order requiring Wistron to stay an action pending in Taiwan. InterDigital, Inc. v. Wistron Corp., Del. Ch., 2015 WL 4055373, Noble, V.C. (July 2, 2015). InterDigital initiated the action in Delaware's Court of Chancery on June 5, but Wistron removed the matter to the District of Delaware on June 11. Rob then obtained, on an emergency basis seven days after the removal, an order remanding the matter to the Court of Chancery. The Court of Chancery entered a temporary restraining order on July 2, 2015.; Rob tried the first contested matter to reach judgment under Delaware's statute allowing the Court of Chancery to review and validate defective corporate acts, 8 Del. C. 205, after which the Court retroactively validated several problematic stock issuances and re-established his clients' voting control of the company. In re Numoda Corporation Shareholders Litigation, 2015 WL 402265 (Del. Ch. Jan. 30, 2015).

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Wilmington, Delaware

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