Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP is a mid-sized law firm with an integrated collection of exceptional boutique practices that include insolvency/restructuring, commercial finance, corporate and M&A, employee benefits/ERISA, employment and civil rights litigation and counselling, health industry, litigation, real estate and tax. Now in its 36th year as a member of the legal community, the firm has approximately 75 lawyers serving clients from offices in Atlanta, Georgia, and Tallahassee, Florida.
The firm has been selected to join Meritas, a prestigious, highly selective international association of more than 200 full service law firms worldwide, in over 80 countries. Through its Meritas affiliation and access to more than 7,000 lawyers in member firms, Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs can assist its clients with legal services in every state and most countries throughout the world.
The firm's insolvency/restructuring department is widely recognised for its expertise in handling workouts, restructurings and bankruptcy cases on behalf of secured lenders, typically representing syndicated bank groups in large multi-facility loan transactions. The firm's restructuring practice is national in scope, with firm attorneys often appearing in cases in New York, Delaware and throughout the south-eastern United States. Many of the borrowing entities have international affiliates, with resulting cross-border legal implications in their restructurings and bankruptcy cases. The firm is particularly skilled at providing DIP financings (just completed $800 million DIP for ModSpace and affiliates in Delaware) and in prosecuting or defending adversary proceedings filed in bankruptcy cases. While the majority of the firm's legal representation in the insolvency arena entails the representation of banks and other secured creditors, the firm has often appeared on behalf of debtors, including most recently its representation of Colonial BancGroup, one of the largest bank holding companies to file Chapter 11 in the last decade.
C. Edward Dobbs
C. Edward Dobbs has practiced law for more than 42 years. He is a graduate of Davidson College (AB 1971) and Vanderbilt University Law School (JD 1974) where he was articles editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.
A senior partner in the Atlanta office of Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs LLP, Mr Dobbs has focused his practice on documenting syndicated loan transactions, representing creditors and debtors in debt restructurings and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, and serving as a neutral in arbitrations and mediations. In addition, he has litigated civil cases in both state and federal courts, including in bankruptcy courts throughout the southeast as well as in Delaware, New York, Michigan, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Mr Dobbs is a fellow in the American College of Commercial Finance Attorneys, the American College of Bankruptcy, the American Bar Foundation, and the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia; is the 2012 recipient of the Atlanta Bar Association's David W. Pollard Award for a life-time achievement in the field of bankruptcy; and is a Master of the Bench in the Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court. He is the author of two legal treatises and numerous law review articles, and has lectured widely.
Mr Dobbs has served as a neutral in arbitrations and mediations for over 25 years. He is on the panel of commercial arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and has arbitrated a range of complex commercial matters. As a mediator, Mr Dobbs has helped litigants resolve numerous commercial disputes, many of which arose out of bankruptcy cases, including Ponzi schemes and other fraudulent transfer claims, voidable preference claims, dischargeability disputes, plan confirmation challenges and competing plans, suits against officers and directors for breach of fiduciary duty, lender liability litigation, inter-bank controversies, claims under insurance policies, professional fee disgorgements, and asserted liabilities under various types of contracts.
Mr Dobbs is a frequent lecturer on a variety of commercial law topics, negotiation and mediation, and has served as a faculty member for the past six years at the American Bankruptcy Institute/St. John's University Law School mediation course for senior attorneys and judges. He is the author of a forthcoming treatise on negotiation and settlement of commercial disputes.