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Overview

"Robert Westermann is an 'articulate litigator,' who is 'always professional, smart, and knows what he is doing.'" 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.

Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2011-2012, 2014-2018

Named a “Leader in the Field,” Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Virginia, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2015-2018

Selected for inclusion as a “Super Lawyer,” Bankruptcy, Virginia Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2017

Named to “Legal Elite” (Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights), Virginia Business, 2009-2018

  • 2019 "Best Law Firms" Badge Artwork
  • chambers 2018
  • Virginia Legal Elite

Experience

Experience

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, Parham Construction Company, Virginia United Methodist Homes of Williamsburg, IBCS Mining, Tuskeena Wytheville Center, Cardiac Connections Home Health Care Nursing, 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 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, 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

Perspectives

News

Speaking Engagements

  • Robbie Westermann Speaks on Understanding New Bankruptcy Proof of Claim Form in a Lorman Live Webinar
    11.2017
  • Litigating Relief Stay Motions in Commercial Cases, Annual Bankruptcy Practice Seminar
    03.2017
  • Bankruptcy Advice for Business Owners, Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association
    05.2016
  • Robbie Westermann Addresses Recent Developments at the 30th Annual Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice
    09.2015
  • Caveat Emptor:  The Purchase and Sale of Debt in Bankruptcy, ABI Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop
    08.2014
  • To Be or Not To Be Employed by a Debtor in Bankruptcy - A Consideration of Ethical Issues, VBA Bankruptcy Law Conference
    05.2011
  • Westermann Discusses Landlord Tenant Issues in Bankruptcy at Fredericksburg Area Bar Association Event
    03.2011

Community

Community

Professional Affiliations

Virginia State Bar, Member of Bankruptcy Section Board of Governors and Former Bankruptcy Section Chair, Member of Third District Disciplinary Committee

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

Virginia Bar Association, Member of Bankruptcy Section Executive Committee and Former Bankruptcy Section Chair

American Bankruptcy Institute, Member and Speaker

Business and Civic Organizations

ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, Board of Directors, 2017-2018

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, including their son’s travel soccer, spending time 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
  • Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
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