Joseph E. Gotch Jr.


Direct: 404.873.7008
Fax: 404.873.7009
171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363


Joe is a partner in the Commercial Lending practice and serves as co-chair of the Oil & Gas industry team. He represents lenders and borrowers in connection with complex debt financings. He handles syndicated and single-lender senior credit facilities, secured and unsecured loans, and both cash-flow and asset-based loans. He is particularly adept in structuring and closing third-party sponsored leverage acquisition loans, both for cash-flow and asset-based lenders. Clients appreciate Joe’s extensive experience advising on the structuring and implementation of complex business transactions. His legal guidance spans mergers, acquisitions, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, employment and restrictive covenant agreements, customer arrangements, service agreements, license agreements, supply and distribution agreements, and other corporate formation, governance, and operational matters. Joe represents a diverse mix of clients, both publicly-held and privately owned, across many industries, including commercial lending, oil and gas, telecommunications, logistics and transportation, healthcare services, and financial and business services.


  • Represented a publicly-traded pest control company in connection with $425 million multicurrency, syndicated credit facility.

  • Represented a major interstate pipeline company in the implementation of its biodiesel, renewable diesel and butane blending initiatives.

  • Represented a publicly-traded pest control company in the $137 million acquisition of a national competitor.

  • Represented a Georgia municipal hospital authority in its acquisition of a skilled nursing facility.

  • Represented interstate pipeline company in negotiation and execution of a pipeline capacity lease to strategically add system capacity in south Texas.

  • Represented Gulf Coast Wireless Limited Partnership, a regional wireless telecommunications company, in the $287.5 million sale of its business to a national strategic partner.

  • Advised a non-traded REIT in connection with its acquisition and financing of certain portfolios of regulated healthcare facilities, including assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities.

  • Advised national leader in cold storage warehousing and logistics industry regarding its $500 million REMIC loan facilities, the purchase and sale of warehouse facilities, national customer contracts, and a recapitalization of its equity interests.

  • Represented Colonial Pipeline Company in the formation of its Bengal Pipeline joint venture with Shell Pipeline Company.

  • Represented a national textbook distributor in connection with respect to a syndicated, asset-based credit facility.

  • Represented a regional provider of cable, internet, and telephone services in a series of cable system acquisitions in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

  • Represented a skilled nursing facility operator in connection with a $145 million revolving asset based credit facility.

  • Represented a specialty financial services provider in the acquisition and securitization of various forms of structured receivables, and the establishment of an automobile title lending service.

  • Represented national foodservice distribution company in numerous acquisitions of regional competitors valued in excess of $500 million.


  • Duke University School of Law, Juris Doctor
    • Notes Editor, Alaska Law Review
  • Georgetown University, Bachelor of Science - Foreign Service,
    cum laude
  • State of Georgia 1998
    • American Bar Association
    • Georgia Bar Association, Business Section