For nearly 30 years, Rob has focused on corporate restructuring, reorganization and counseling. Rob’s substantial experience extends to representations of debtors and creditors in all facets of pre- and post-Chapter 11 filings that include out-of-court reorganization and restructuring, acquisitions and complex lending arrangements.
He also provides corporate governance, fiduciary duty and strategic advice to boards of directors, special committees and executives.
Rob regularly works with inside and outside counsel, turnaround professionals, crisis management firms, investment and non-investment bank professionals, and debtors-in-possession (DIP) and exit financing lenders.
Rob’s representative experience spans diverse industry segments that include health companies, retail, airline, housing, steel manufacturing, insurance, mortgage brokerage and consumer finance. He has worked on behalf of distressed companies, boards of directors/special committees and/or individual members, and other parties such as official equity committees and ad hoc committees in insolvency-related matters.
A frequent speaker before business and professional audiences, Rob has addressed attendees at the Distressed Debt Conference, the Distressed Retail Summit: Turnarounds, Restructurings, Bankruptcies & Distressed Investing Conference, New York Institute of Credit/ABF Journal/TMA Philadelphia Conference, iiBIG’s Alternative Investment All-Star Forum, Distressed M&A and Investments Summit and VALCON. He has also spoken at conferences coordinated by the ABI Journal, the Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, Global Restructuring Practice and The Journal of Private Equity.
Prior to joining Morris Nichols, Rob was a law clerk to the Honorable Prudence Beatty of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and an attorney with Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City.
Lead counsel to failed start-up drone manufacturer Lily Robotics, Inc. in high-profile bankruptcy proceedings and negotiations conducted amid delicate regulatory and funding issues.
Represented biopharmaceutical company Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., advising on chapter 11 bankruptcy case and $75 million 363 bankruptcy asset sale.
Acted as bankruptcy counsel to oilfield services company Seventy Seven Energy Inc. in “lightning-quick” (Law360) chapter 11 taking just five weeks from filing to confirmation.
Represented oil well operator and exploration company Venoco in restructuring proceedings.
Served as debtor’s counsel for Seegrid Corporation in their bankruptcy proceedings in the U.S Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
Represent model and radio-control vehicle retailer as debtor in Delaware chapter 11 case. Successfully gained court approval of a series of asset sales.
Represented the Eureka Hunter pipeline joint venture entity in the chapter 11 restructuring of its joint venture partner, Magnum Hunter Resources Corp.
Served as lead bankruptcy counsel to Premium Transportation Services, Inc., a logistics provider offering drayage, long distance haul and freight management services in Southern California and Virginia.
Acted on behalf of secured lender in all aspects of the chapter 11 bankruptcy of rare earth mineral company Molycorp.
Represented Icahn Enterprises L.P. as secured lender in the Trump Entertainment Resorts bankruptcy.
Served as debtor’s counsel to an offshore contract drilling and liftboat services company in the oil and gas industry in its prepackaged chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
Represented Optim Energy, LLC and its affiliated debtors in possession in their chapter 11 cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
Served as counsel to the Official Committee of Equity Security Holders of Syms Corp. in the Filene’s Basement bankruptcy proceedings.
Represented Reorganized Syms Corp. in connection with the sale of a valuable leasehold interest.
Acted as company bankruptcy counsel in the bankruptcy of RG Steel, LLC, one of the largest flat-rolled steel companies in the United States.
Served a bankruptcy counsel to Security National Properties Funding III, LLC, a commercial real estate developer/owner of regional shopping centers and multitenant office buildings across 15 states.
Represented J. Silver Clothing, a women’s wear retailer in bankruptcy proceedings.
Acted as bankruptcy counsel to vertically integrated housing company Oakwood Homes.
Served as bankruptcy counsel to Rouge Steel, a vertically integrated steel manufacturer.
Represented Thaxton Group, Inc. in bankruptcy proceedings. The diversified company provided insurance, mortgage brokering and consumer loans and related services.
Served as counsel to EchoStar Corporation in the Delta Airlines bankruptcy cases.
Served as counsel to Fortistar in NRG’s bankruptcy.
Served as counsel to Gleacher Mezzanine Fund I, L.P. and Gleacher Mezzanine Fund P, L.P., in the bankruptcy case of Norstan Apparel Shops, Inc., d/b/a Fashion Centsand its affiliated debtors.
Acted as counsel to the largest unsecured creditor and landlord in Pharmaceutical Formulations, Inc. and the ad hoc committee of bonds in aaiPharma’s bankruptcy cases.
Gained substantial experience representing purchasers of assets, including McDonalds Corp., Echostar Corporation, IER Corp and Hancock Fabrics.
News & Insights
- Chambers USA 2021 Again Recognizes Morris Nichols in Band 1 in Four Delaware Practices; 27 Attorneys Named Among Leading Delaware PractitionersMedia Mention, Chambers USA, 05.20.2021
The 2021 edition of Chambers USA has again ranked Morris Nichols in the top tier in four Delaware practice categories.
- Firm News, 04.28.2021
Morris Nichols serves as lead counsel to Impresa Aerospace, a tier-one supplier to Boeing and other commercial and defense aviation companies. In December 2020, the Delaware Bankruptcy Court approved the going concern sale of Impresa’s business and assets, and on April 28, 2021 confirmed Impresa’s chapter 11 plan.
- Speaking Engagement, Virtual, November 5, 2020 through November 6, 2020
- Firm News, Benchmark Litigation, 10.05.2020
- Firm News, 08.20.2020
Thirty-one Morris Nichols attorneys were recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 67,000 eligible attorneys.
- Firm News, 05.28.2020
- Chambers USA 2020 Ranks Morris Nichols Band 1 in Four Delaware Practices; 24 Morris Nichols Attorneys Recognized Among Leading Delaware PractitionersFirm News, 04.23.2020
- Article, Global Restructuring Review, The Art of the Pre-Pack, 01.2020
Morris Nichols partners Robert J. Dehney and Matthew B. Harvey co-authored a book chapter, “Seeing the Future: The Case of Seegrid Corporation” in Global Restructuring Review’s new book The Art of the Pre-Pack.
- Article, TMA Journal of Corporate Renewal , 06.01.2019
Congress designed Chapter 11 to be flexible to promote the twin goals of rehabilitating distressed businesses and maximizing stakeholder returns. Several recent decisions from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and District Court for the District of Delaware highlight how Chapter 11’s inherent flexibility promotes these goals.
- IFLR1000 United States Guide Ranks Morris Nichols in Top Delaware Bands for Financial and Corporate Law FirmsFirm News, 09.17.2018
Wilmington, DE (September 17, 2018) - The 2018 edition of IFLR United States - The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Firms has been released. Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP appears at the top of the two Delaware tables ranking the leading M&A law firms and the leading restructuring and insolvency law firms.
- Speaking Engagement, New York, New York, 02.23.2018
- Speaking Engagement, Wilmington, Delaware, 09.13.2017
- Firm News, 08.15.2017
Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2017) - Thirty-two attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 83,000 eligible attorneys.
- Morris Nichols Represents Terminal Investment Limited in Acquisition of Controlling Stake in Total Terminals InternationalFirm News, 02.06.2017
Wilmington, DE (February 6, 2017) - Morris Nichols successfully represented Terminal Investment Limited SARL (“TiL”) as lead counsel in its cross-border acquisition from Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd. (“Hanjin”) of a controlling stake in Total Terminals International, LLC (“TTI”), a Delaware limited liability company which operates two marine terminals on the U.S. West Coast. The complex deal successfully closed on February 1, 2017.
- Firm News, 01.27.2017
Wilmington, DE (January 27, 2017) - Today, The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 11th Annual Turnaround Awards. Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP was recognized in two categories for restructuring work and for reorganization in the energy sector.
- Firm News, 01.30.2015
- Article, 09.01.2008
Rob Dehney and Curtis Miller co-authored “The Dealmaker’s Guide to Buying Distressed Assets - Section 363 Sales and the Alternatives.” The article is featured in the September 2008 edition of Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law. Geared toward that deal professional seeking an introduction to purchasing distressed companies (or pieces thereof) under Bankruptcy Code Section 363, the authors paint not only the legal landscape but also discuss the competing considerations in which business decisions in this context are made in the real world.
- Article, 06.01.2007
Robert J. Dehney, Curtis S. Miller, “Covering Your Tail: Court Approves Advancement of Legal Fees to Directors and Officers under §363,” ABI Journal, Vol. XXVI, No. 5, p. 26 (June 2007)
- Article, 02.01.2006
Robert J. Dehney, “Public Sector Restructurings, Recoveries and Insolvencies: A Trend for the Future?” Developmental Specialists, Inc., CLE Program (February 2006)
- Article, 09.01.2005
Robert J. Dehney, Curtis S. Miller, Daniel B. Butz, “Restructuring Under Delaware Law: An Attractive Alternative,” Financier Worldwide - Global Restructuring Review 2005, at 47-48 (Sept. 2005)
- The Importance of Good Corporate Form: Preventing the Involuntary Distribution of Your Assets to Creditors of a Bankruptcy Affiliate or SubsidiaryArticle, 04.01.2005
Robert J. Dehney, Curtis S. Miller, Daniel B. Butz, “The Importance of Good Corporate Form: Preventing the Involuntary Distribution of Your Assets to Creditors of a Bankruptcy Affiliate or Subsidiary,” The Journal of Private Equity (Spring 2005)
Honors & Recognitions
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, ranked in Delaware bankruptcy/restructuring, 2012-2021
IFLR1000 United States, leading Delaware lawyer, 2018-2020
The Best Lawyers in America, listed in bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization, 2013-2021, and litigation - bankruptcy, 2021
Delaware Super Lawyers, included in bankruptcy: business, 2007-2020
Who’s Who Legal, listed for restructuring and insolvency, 2014, 2018-2019
Professional & Civic
American Bankruptcy Institute
American Bar Association
Delaware State Bar Association
Turnaround Management Association
- Law Clerk to The Honorable Prudence Beatty, US Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of New York
Pace University School of Law, JD, 1990
Pace Environmental Law Review, Managing Editor
Dickinson College, BA, 1987
- Connecticut, 1990
- Delaware, 1997
- Pennsylvania, 1997
- New York, 1995