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"Robbie is a seasoned veteran and a sophisticated Chapter 11 practitioner, and knows the Eastern District of Virginia inside and out. He is our trusted go-to adviser whenever we need assistance in Virginia. We have worked with him on routine matters and mega, international Chapter 11 cases. He has the bandwidth and the team to function at the highest levels of Chapter 11 practice." Chambers USA

Robbie’s practice focuses on bankruptcy law, creditors’ and debtors’ rights, and general commercial litigation.  Upon graduating from law school, Robbie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Blackwell N. Shelley, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia. Before joining Hirschler in 2009, he worked at Hunton & Williams LLP.


Best Lawyers in America® for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2018, 2020 - 2024

Named "Lawyer of the Year" for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Richmond, Best Lawyers in America, 2022

Honored as one of the "Top 100: Virginia" and one of the "Top 50: Richmond," Virginia Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy: Business, 2021, 2024

Virginia Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy: Business, 2011 - 2024

Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2015 - 2024

Named to “Legal Elite” (Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights), Virginia Business, 2009 - 2022

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Representation of Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 debtors, trustees, liquidating trustees, and plan administrators in many different industries and specialties, including health care, retail, real estate, coal, construction, and manufacturing (cases include Health Diagnostic Laboratory, A.G. Dillard, Inc., Lowery’s Seafood Restaurant, Inc., Rice Timber Solutions, LLC, Sybil Elaine Baker, Mohammad Al Atiyat, Bennett Mineral Company, Parham Construction Company, Virginia United Methodist Homes of Williamsburg, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, Inc., Victor M. Dandridge, III, IBCS Mining, Tuskeena Wytheville Center, Cardiac Connections Home Health Care Nursing, D-Scan, Inc., Road Runner Enterprises, S. A. Medical of Virginia, River City Renaissance, Campbell Graphics, MMR Holdings, Carter’s Grove, River City Cleaners, and RBX Industries)

Representation of Creditors Committees in Chapter 11 cases (cases include Ann Taylor/Ascena Retail Group, Inc., J. Crew/Chino's Holdings, Alpha Media Holdings LLC, Paper Source Inc., MicroGEM US, Inc., Body Renew Winchester II, LLC, Simbeck, Inc, Shenandoah Family Farms Cooperative, Dynamic Construction Services, Roper Brothers Lumber Company, and Rubatex International)

Representation of creditors and stakeholders in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases, including vendors, landlords, services and goods providers, lenders and other secured creditors, indenture trustees, officers and directors, shareholders, and purchasers and sellers of assets (cases include Toys R Us, Nordic Aviation Capital, Cineworld/Regal Cinemas, LTL Management LLC, Pier 1, Intelsat, Penn Virginia Corporation, The Gymboree Corporation, Outer Harbor Terminal, Mountain Crane, Alpha Natural Resources, Patriot Coal, Xinergy, James River Coal, Circuit City, S&K Famous Brands, Movie Gallery, LandAmerica Financial Group, Bear Island/White Birch Paper Company, Ennstone, and Prospect Homes of Richmond)

Representation of creditors and other parties in interest in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases throughout the country (including cases in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming)

Representation of Chapter 7 trustees in individual cases involving asset sales, claims/exemptions objections, and pursuit of avoidance action and other claims

Representation of key parties in interest in workouts, restructurings, federal and state court receiverships, and attendant litigation and claims resolution, including borrowers, lenders, receivers, and other stakeholders

Representation of local and regional clients in all manner of creditors’ rights actions, including collections, foreclosures and deeds in lieu of foreclosure, seizure and sale of assets, garnishments, and levies

Representation of nationwide consumer and mortgage lenders in both federal and state courts throughout the Southeast, including defense of class actions, defense of claims under federal statutes including TILA, HOEPA, FDCPA, FCRA, and RESPA, and defense of claims based on common law and state statutes



Speaking Engagements



Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

E.D. Va. Local Bankruptcy Rules Standing Committee Member

Richmond Bar Association, Former Member of Board of Directors and Former Chair of Bankruptcy Section

Virginia State Bar, Member of Thirteenth Circuit Disciplinary Committee, and Former Bankruptcy Section Chair

Virginia Bar Association, Former Bankruptcy Section Chair

American Bankruptcy Institute, Member and Speaker

Business and Civic Organizations

ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, Vice President of the Board of Directors

Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC), Board of Directors, 2008-2015; President 2014-2015 and Attorney Volunteer

Central Virginia Legal Aid, Pro Bono Consumer Debtor Counsel

Beyond the Law

Beyond the Law

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Robbie became an “adopted” Virginian upon matriculating to the University of Virginia, working as a paralegal in D.C. for three years, marrying his wife Townsend who is from Richmond, spending three years in Lexington attending W&L Law, and then embarking on his legal career in Richmond. 

Robbie remains an avid fan of all things Nashville, in particular the Titans of the NFL and the rock band Kings of Leon, and enjoys several sports, especially golf, tennis, and kayaking.  He and Townsend enjoy following and supporting the many pursuits of their three children, spending time at the river in Urbana and in the mountains of Hot Springs and beyond, participating in activities at their church, and attending concerts and UVA sporting events.


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Blackwell N. Shelley, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1998–1999

Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1998

University of Virginia, B.A. History, 1992

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit 
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
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