Robert L. Rothman

Partner

Fax: 404.873.8669
Atlanta
171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363

Biography

Bob is a partner in the Litigation and Arbitration practices. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Arbitrators. With nearly four decades of experience, he evaluates and resolves intricate business disputes using sophisticated negotiation techniques through alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, mediation and traditional litigation. Bob handles complex commercial litigation involving business and partnership disputes, securities law and business tort claims, healthcare industry disputes arising under the False Claims Act and regulatory laws, as well as commercial real estate disputes and media law issues.

Bob has a rich history serving the American Bar Association as a member of its Board of Governors and as Chair of the Section of Litigation. With a highly distinctive appointment to the Eleventh Circuit seat on the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, Bob evaluated qualifications of Presidential nominees to the federal bench. He also generously shares his knowledge of law by authoring numerous articles on developments in commercial litigation, including an explanation as to how two opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States affect how lawyers should draft complaints in federal court cases.

Experience

  • Conducted internal investigation into allegations of qui tam plaintiff of retaliatory termination under whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act and persuaded Department of Justice not to intervene. Thereafter, settled the case for a nominal sum.

  • Lead counsel in successful 10-year representation of death-sentenced inmate’s habeas corpus proceedings, resulting in the court setting aside the client’s sentence and negotiating a new sentence of life with the possibility of parole.

  • Successfully defeated a declaratory judgment action under Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 based on the absence of a private right-of-action.

Credentials

  • Florida State University College of Law, Juris Doctor — 1982,

    with Highest Honors

    • Order of the Coif
    • Editor-in-Chief, Florida State University Law Review, 1981-1982
  • University of Florida, Bachelor of Science — 1974,

    with Highest Honors

  • State of Georgia 1983
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit 1997
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia 1988
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 1983
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia 1983
  • United States Supreme Court
    • American Bar Association
      • Board of Governors, 2011–14 (Committee on Finance, Subcommittee on Investments)
      • Standing Committee on Audit, 2011–14
      • Section of Litigation (Chair, 2008–09; Council Member, 1995–98; Editor-in-chief, Litigation News, 1992–94)
      • Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, 2016-19
      • Chair (2014–16), Member (2004–09), Steering Committee, ABA Death Penalty Representation Project
      • Member, Council of the Fund for Justice and Education, 2014–16
      • Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, 2010–11
      • Working Group on Civil Right to Counsel, 2009–10
    • The American Law Institute
    • American Arbitration Association—National Roster of Arbitrators, Commercial Panel
    • State Bar of Georgia
      • Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, 2014-2020
      • Standing Committee on Unlicensed Practice of Law, 2007–12
      • Chairperson, Bar Media & Judiciary Conference Committee, 1988–91
    • Florida State University College of Law—Board of Visitors, 1997–2000; 2003–08
    • Intern Clerk, Honorable William Stafford, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 1982

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Law, Litigation – First Amendment Law), 2008–20
  • Georgia Super Lawyers (Business Litigation, First Amendment/Media/Advertising), 2004–19
  • Best Lawyers in America, Atlanta Lawyer of the Year, First Amendment Litigation, 2013, 2015, 2018
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Commercial Litigation), 2010–19

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