Meet Our Team of Attorneys

Our attorneys are all seasoned trial lawyers with experience in all of Delaware’s State and Federal Courts as lead counsel. Our firm has also had the opportunity of assisting many of the top firms in the world as Delaware local counsel.

James S. Green, Sr.


302.888.0600
jgreen@svglaw.com

Practice Areas:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Tort Litigation
  • Trial Practice in All courts

James S. Green, Sr. is admitted to practice in Delaware and Pennsylvania state courts, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has tried more than 100 cases to verdict and has participated as an advocate, arbitrator or mediator in well over 200 alternate dispute resolution proceedings. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has also been elected as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Green is a charter member of the Delaware Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”) and served on its National Board from 1991 to 1999. Mr. Green has been named a Super Lawyer each year since 2007.

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Memberships & Associations:

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Delaware
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court
    • District of Delaware
  • United States Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • United Stated Supreme Court

Education:

  • Villanova University School of Law
    • Law Review: Villanova Law Review
  • Princeton University
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James S. Green, Sr. is admitted to practice in Delaware and Pennsylvania state courts, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has tried more than 100 cases to verdict and has participated as an advocate, arbitrator or mediator in well over 200 alternate dispute resolution proceedings. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has also been elected as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Green is a charter member of the Delaware Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”) and served on its National Board from 1991 to 1999. Mr. Green has been named a Super Lawyer each year since 2007.

Memberships & Associations:

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Delaware
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court
    • District of Delaware
  • United States Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • United Stated Supreme Court

Education:

  • Villanova University School of Law
    • Law Review: Villanova Law Review
  • Princeton University

Jared T. Green


302.888.0600
jtgreen@svglaw.com

Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial Litigation
  • General Litigation
  • Delaware Counsel

After receiving both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Villanova University, Jared T. Green joined SVG in 2008. Mr. Green was one of thirty-five associates nationwide to receive a fellowship from the inaugural American Board of Trial Advocates Trial College held at Princeton University. Mr. Green has experience trying cases and arguing motions and appeals in every court in Delaware.

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Memberships & Associations:

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • Delaware Trial Lawyers Association
  • Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Delaware
  • United States District Court for the District of Delaware
  • United States Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Education:

  • Villanova University School of Law
  • Villanova University
  • Universidad de Sevilla

Languages:

  • Spanish
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Jared T. Green received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2008 and his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in 2004. Mr. Green was one of thirty-five associates nationwide to receive a fellowship from the inaugural American Board of Trial Advocates Trial College held at Princeton University. After passing the Delaware Bar and joining the firm in 2008, Mr. Green has diligently represented a myriad of clients ranging from sophisticated international corporations to individuals with property disputes and personal injuries. Mr. Green’s primary legal focus is helping clients injured by the negligence of others receive adequate compensation and relief for those injuries. His clients know and appreciate that he is always available to guide them through the complicated and confusing litigation process.

Memberships & Associations:

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • Delaware Trial Lawyers Association
  • Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Delaware
  • United States District Court for the District of Delaware
  • United States Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Education:

  • Villanova University School of Law
  • Villanova University
  • Universidad de Sevilla

Languages:

  • Spanish

 

R. Karl Hill


302.888.7604
khill@svglaw.com

Practice Areas:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Real Estate Related Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Litigation

R. Karl Hill has been practicing law for nearly 30 years after clerking for the Superior Court of Delaware upon graduation from law school. His practice has focused exclusively on litigation matters. He has litigated and tried cases in all of Delaware’s trial courts, state and federal. He has a varied commercial litigation practice including the pursuit and defense of cases involving trade secrets, fraud, breach of contract, tortious interference, construction and mechanics lien, real estate, trust and fiduciary obligations, and bankruptcy.

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Representative Cases:

  • C. B. Research and Development, Inc. and Beard Research, Inc. v. Kates et al., 8 A.3d 573 (Del. Ch. 2010). Obtained multi-million dollar judgment after trial against former employees and their new employers relating to their misappropriation of trade secrets relating to chemical compounds, tortious interference and breaches of fiduciary duty. On same case obtained sanctions relating to spoliation of laptop, 981 A.2d 1175.
  • Multimillion dollar jury verdict after a three week trial in Delaware Superior Court involving contract, fraud and trade secrets relating to armor technology.
  • Successful defense of various cases involving real estate brokers and agents in cases involving a variety of fraud based and contract issues.
  • Representation of condominium council against various parties relating to substantial common element construction defects.
  • Representation of condominium developer in condominium project in Sussex County Delaware in respect to various issues relating to construction defects.
  • Successful defense of trustees and fiduciaries in respect to actions seeking their removal and other trust issues.
  • Representation of a successor trustee in various lawsuits against a predecessor corporation in environmental claims and insurance coverage related thereto in federal courts in New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Successful defense of Bankruptcy trustee in professional negligence action.
  • Successful and complete defense of a property manager in a mold case, which case was affirmed on appeal after en banc argument.
  • Arbitrator and mediator in complex commercial disputes.

Memberships & Associations:

  • Delaware State Bar Association, 1989 – Present

Classes & Seminars Taught:

  • Member, Superior Court Civil Rules Advisory Committee, 2007 – Present

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Delaware, 1989
  • United States District Court District of Delaware, 1990
  • United States Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1993

Education:

  • Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1989)
    • Law Journal
      • Dickinson Journal of International Law
        • Appellate Moot Court Board
  • University of Delaware
    • (B.A., 1985) Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
      • Major: Political Science
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R. Karl Hill has been practicing law for nearly 30 years after clerking for the Superior Court of Delaware upon graduation from law school. His practice has focused exclusively on litigation matters. He has litigated and tried cases in all of Delaware’s trial courts, state and federal. He has a varied commercial litigation practice including the pursuit and defense of cases involving trade secrets, fraud, breach of contract, tortious interference, construction and mechanics lien, real estate, trust and fiduciary obligations, and bankruptcy.

Representative Cases:

  • C. B. Research and Development, Inc. and Beard Research, Inc. v. Kates et al., 8 A.3d 573 (Del. Ch. 2010). Obtained multi-million dollar judgment after trial against former employees and their new employers relating to their misappropriation of trade secrets relating to chemical compounds, tortious interference and breaches of fiduciary duty. On same case obtained sanctions relating to spoliation of laptop, 981 A.2d 1175.
  • Multimillion dollar jury verdict after a three week trial in Delaware Superior Court involving contract, fraud and trade secrets relating to armor technology.
  • Successful defense of various cases involving real estate brokers and agents in cases involving a variety of fraud based and contract issues.
  • Representation of condominium council against various parties relating to substantial common element construction defects.
  • Representation of condominium developer in condominium project in Sussex County Delaware in respect to various issues relating to construction defects.
  • Successful defense of trustees and fiduciaries in respect to actions seeking their removal and other trust issues.
  • Representation of a successor trustee in various lawsuits against a predecessor corporation in environmental claims and insurance coverage related thereto in federal courts in New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Successful defense of Bankruptcy trustee in professional negligence action.
  • Successful and complete defense of a property manager in a mold case, which case was affirmed on appeal after en banc argument.
  • Arbitrator and mediator in complex commercial disputes.

Memberships & Associations:

  • Delaware State Bar Association, 1989 – Present

Classes & Seminars Taught:

  • Member, Superior Court Civil Rules Advisory Committee, 2007 – Present

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Delaware, 1989
  • United States District Court District of Delaware, 1990
  • United States Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1993

Education:

  • Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1989)
    • Law Journal
      • Dickinson Journal of International Law
        • Appellate Moot Court Board
  • University of Delaware
    • (B.A., 1985) Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
      • Major: Political Science

George H. Seitz, III (Of Counsel)


302.888.0600
gseitz@svglaw.com

Practice Areas:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Tort Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Broker/Dealer Disputes
  • Patent Litigation
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Construction Law
  • Environmental Law

George H. Seitz, III, a native of Wilmington, graduated from the University of Virginia in 1971. He served as an officer in the United States Army Field Artillery. He began his legal carrier as a law clerk for the Delaware Supreme Court. He then served as a Deputy Attorney General and was later appointed to the position of Chief Prosecutor trying numerous felony and capital murder cases during the 1970’s. He was appointed Chief Deputy Attorney General in 1976 representing the interests of the Office of Attorney General before the Delaware General Assembly and in major official misconduct investigations. He has tried numerous cases in the state and federal courts in a wide variety of areas. He also has represented clients in environmental cleanup proceedings overseen by the EPA or Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environment Control. He has served as a mediator and arbitrator in resolving numerous civil disputes.

He is a charter member of the Delaware chapter of the American Board of Trial Attorneys and has served as it Secretary/Treasurer since its inception.

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Memberships & Associations:

  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • Member – American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Member – American Board of Trial Advocates

Published Works:

  • Delaware Chapter, Fifty State Public Construction Contracting, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1996

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Delaware, 1971
    • United States District Court District of Delaware, 1971
  • United States Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Supreme Court

Education:

  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • National Moot Court Team University of Delaware
    • Beta Gamma Sigma
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R. Karl Hill has been practicing law for over 20 years after clerking for the Superior Court of Delaware upon graduation from law school. His practice has focused exclusively on litigation matters. He has litigated and tried cases in all of Delaware’s trial courts, state and federal. He has a varied commercial litigation practice including the pursuit and defense of cases involving trade secrets, fraud, breach of contract, tortious interference, construction and mechanics lien, real estate, trust and fiduciary obligations, and bankruptcy.

Memberships & Associations:

  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • Member – American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Member – American Board of Trial Advocates

Published Works:

  • Delaware Chapter, Fifty State Public Construction Contracting, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1996

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Delaware, 1971
    • United States District Court District of Delaware, 1971
  • United States Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Supreme Court

Education:

  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • National Moot Court Team University of Delaware
    • Beta Gamma Sigma

Bernard A. Van Ogtrop


302.888.0600
bvanogtrop@svglaw.com

Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury
  • General Litigation

Bernard A. Van Ogtrop is a trial lawyer with a varied practice, specializing in plaintiff personal injury. He began his trial practice in Delaware following service as a special agent with the F.B.I. Mr. Van Ogtrop has tried more than 125 cases to verdict. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to one percent (1%) of trial lawyers in a state. Mr. Van Ogtrop is a charter member and former president of the Delaware Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Van Ogtrop is a past president of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association. He is a founding member of Judge Bifferato’s Trial Practice Forum.

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Memberships & Associations:

  • Former President – Delaware Trial Lawyers Association
  • Fellow – American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Former President – American Board of Trial Advocates

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Delaware

Education:

  • Catholic University of America
  • Columbus School of Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center
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Bernard A. Van Ogtrop is a trial lawyer with a varied practice, specializing in plaintiff personal injury. He began his trial practice in Delaware following service as a special agent with the F.B.I. Mr. Van Ogtrop has tried more than 125 cases to verdict. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to one percent (1%) of trial lawyers in a state. Mr. Van Ogtrop is a charter member and former president of the Delaware Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Van Ogtrop is a past president of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association. He is a founding member of Judge Bifferato’s Trial Practice Forum.

Memberships & Associations:

  • Former President – Delaware Trial Lawyers Association
  • Fellow – American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Former President – American Board of Trial Advocates

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Delaware

Education:

  • Catholic University of America
  • Columbus School of Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center