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Bob has more than 35 years of experience in resolving commercial disputes, litigation, bankruptcies, and restructuring matters and recently received a life time achievement award from the Turnaround Management Association for his extraordinary contributions to the corporate restructuring industry. He is a member of Reed Smith’s Business & Finance Department and is the leading lawyer in the firm's coal industry practice. His national practice has included appearances in more than 25 jurisdictions throughout the United States in energy ( coal, oil and gas) , aviation, hospitality, telecommunications, automotive, steel, and health care industry cases, which have resulted in extensive knowledge of state and federal regulatory agencies such as the MSHA, Federal Aviation Administration, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, the FCC and environmental agencies.


  • West Virginia University College of Law, 1982, 法学博士, Member of the Law Review; Served on the Law Review Editorial Board and as Lead Articles Editor for The Journal of College and University Law
  • Concord University, 1977, 理学学士

  • 纽约
  • 俄亥俄州
  • 宾夕法尼亚州
  • 西弗吉尼亚州

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • All State and Federal Courts - Ohio
  • All State and Federal Courts - Pennsylvania
  • All State and Federal Courts - West Virginia
  • 联邦地区法院-伊利诺伊州北区
  • 联邦地区法院 – 纽约南部地区
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of New York
  • 州最高法院-宾西法尼亚
  • State Supreme Court - West Virginia
  • State Supreme Court - Ohio
  • State Supreme Court - New York

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association's Business Bankruptcy Committee – past Chair, Technology Oriented Bankruptcies, the Intellectual Property Task Force, and the Tax and Federal Claims Subcommittees
  • Board of Directors for the Passavant Memorial Homes Family of Services 
  • International Bar Association
  • Mediation Panel - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • New York Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association

  • Honorable Edwin F. Flowers, U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of West Virginia


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2011-2017)
  • Listed in Corporate Counsel's Top Lawyers in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
  • Selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for Creditor Debtor Rights (2004-2006, 2014-2019)

In the News

  • “Restructuring of energy loans likely, experts say,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 30 October 2015
  • "Ch. 11 No Easy Way Out For Bankrupt Coal Cos.,” by Keith Goldberg, Law360, 5 August 2015
  • “Criminal charges raise questions about funds in Freedom bankruptcy,” by Ken Ward Jr.,, 10 December 2014
  • “W.Va. chem spill co. paid $6M to related parties,” Observer-Reporter, 19 February 2014