Michael D. Robl, Esq.
Michael Robl practices in the areas of creditors’ and debtors’ rights, bankruptcy and business reorganizations, loan work-outs, business disputes, and real estate disputes.
Law School: Emory University School of Law, J.D., With Distinction, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994. College: Macalester College, B.A. (Philosophy), St. Paul, Minnesota, 1991.
- Executive Articles Editor, Bankruptcy Developments Journal (1993-94).
- Author, MCAS: A Comparative Analysis of Merchant Cash Advances and the Beastie Boys, (State Bar of Georgia ICLE; Co-sponsored by Georgia Bar Bankruptcy Law Section, December 12-13, 2019) (co-authors Garrett Nail and Will Geer).
- Author, Top 9 Complications in Bankruptcy, (National Business Institute CLE, Atlanta, Georgia, May 19, 2015 (authored chapter on Debtors who Own a Small Business and Real Estate).
- Author, Bankruptcy Litigation 101, (National Business Institute CLE, Atlanta, Georgia, December 18, 2014; Chapters on Claims Objections and Ethics).
- Author, Top 9 Complications in Bankruptcy, (National Business Institute CLE, Atlanta, Georgia, December 19, 2011; (authored chapters on Debtors who Own a Small Business or Real Estate including issues of what bankruptcy chapter to file and Chapter 11 Plans; Bankruptcy Estate Complications such as exemption planning; and Preferences and Fraudulent Transfers).
- Author, Nuts, and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law, (National Business Institute CLE, Savannah, Georgia, December 13, 2010; Chapters on Conducting the Initial Interview and Ensuring Ethical Conduct).
- Author, Maximizing Creditor Recovery Under Bankruptcy, (National Business Institute CLE, Nationwide Teleconference, September 30, 2009; Chapters: Guidelines for dismissal of bankruptcy case; Contesting discharge of debts; Formation of creditors’ committees; Establishing priority of payments; Defending your claim against trustees and other creditors; Enforcement of rights to collateral and claims; Conversion of case to another type of bankruptcy; Objections to plan confirmation in Chapters 11 and 13).
- Author, Bankruptcy Law, and Litigation, (National Business Institute CLE, Atlanta, Georgia, May 13, 2009; Chapters on Protecting the Creditor’s Position and What You Should Know About Bankruptcy Procedure and Litigation)
- Author, Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law and Procedure in Georgia, (National Business Institute CLE, Atlanta, Georgia, November 7, 2007; Chapters on BAPCPA revisions to bankruptcy code and rules, automatic stay litigation, and ethics).
- Author, Fighting Bogus Arbitrations, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (June 2005, Vo. XXIV, No. 5) at 20, 50-53 (co-authored with Judy D. Thompson, Stephen J. Newman, S. Andrew Jurs).
- Author, Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law and Procedure in Georgia, (National Business Institute CLE, Savannah, Georgia, December 6, 2005; Chapters on critical changes due to bankruptcy reform legislation, conducting the initial client interview, ethics, and automatic stay litigation).
- Author, Aligning Your Practice with the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, (National Business Institute CLE, Savannah, Georgia, scheduled for September 27, 2005; Chapters on major changes in each section of the bankruptcy code and changes affecting particular creditors and industries).
- Author, What is the State of State Fraudulent Conveyance Law? Georgia Bar Bankruptcy Section Newsletter? Notice & Hearing (Winter 2005) pp. 1, 3.
- Author, Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law and Procedure in Georgia, (National Business Institute CLE, Savannah, Georgia, April 29, 2004; Chapters on introduction to bankruptcy code and rules, automatic stay litigation, ethics, and protecting the creditor’s position).
- Author, Landlord’s Claims and Remedies in Bankruptcy Court and Drafting Suggestions for Landlord-Tenant Leases, (Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, for February 6, 2004, CLE “2004 Emerging Issues in Debt Collection,” co-authored with Mitchell Rosen).
- 2007 Georgia’s Legal Elite Award Recipient in the field of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights from Georgia Trend Magazine (December 2007) (peer-selected award).
- 2009 Georgia’s Legal Elite Award Recipient in the field of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights from Georgia Trend Magazine (December 2009) (peer-selected award).
Appellate Court Decisions of Significance:
- Ambassador Factors v. Rhein-, Maas-, Und See-Schiffahrtskontor GmbH (Vormals Sanara Reedereikontor GmbH), 105 F.3d 1397 (11th Cir. 1997).
- Mitchell v. The Gilwil Group, Inc., 261 Ga. App. 882,583 S.E.2d 911 (2003).
- ABF Capital Corp. v. Yancey, 264 Ga. App. 850, 592 S.E.2d 492 (2003).
- Winzer v. EHCA Dunwoody, LLC, 277 Ga. App. 710, 627 S.E.2d 426 (2006).
- Member: American Bar Association (1994 – present).
- American Bankruptcy Institute (2002 – present).
- Georgia Bar Association, member Bankruptcy Law Section (2002 – present).
- Atlanta Bar Association, member Bankruptcy Law Section (1999 – present).
- Lawyers Club of Atlanta (2000 – present). Lamar Inn of Court (2003 – 2005).
- Court and Bar Admissions:
- Georgia State Bar (admitted to all Georgia trial courts) (07/01/94).
- Georgia Supreme Court (06/15/95).
- Georgia Court of Appeals (06/15/95).
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (01/05/96).
- U.S. District Court & Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia (08/23/99).
- U.S. District Court & Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Georgia (04/20/01)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (05/07/04).
Outside of the office, Mike enjoys spending time with his family and has served in many positions at his family’s church and his children’s schools. For many years, Mike has served as a scouting leader, and regularly accompanies his son on scout camping, fishing, hiking, and canoeing trips.
Max Bowen, Esq.
Max graduated from the Georgia State University College of Law, cum laude. While attending law school, he received CALI Awards for Excellence as the recipient of the highest grades in Basic Bankruptcy, Security Interests and Liens, and Estate Planning Seminar courses. Max also worked during law school as a clinic student in the Bankruptcy Assistance and Practice Program and Pro Se Assistance Center, interned with the Office of the United States Trustee which is responsible for overseeing the integrity of the bankruptcy process, and interned in the chambers of Judge Paul M. Baisier and Chief Judge Wendy L. Hagenau in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
After law school, Max served as a full-time law clerk to Judge Sage M. Sigler in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia for a year.
Max grew up in Decatur, Georgia before attending college at the University of Georgia, where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy.
Max enjoys cheering on his favorite sports teams, the Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta United, and Pittsburgh Steelers, playing kickball and softball, fishing, reading, and spending time with his fiancée Haley.