Robert M. Bovarnick

Rob BovarnickRobert M. Bovarnick
Managing Member

Overview

Rob focuses his practice in all aspects of businesses, including but not limited to determining a business’ proper structure, drafting all types of contracts, purchasing and selling all or part of a business, renegotiating debts, bankruptcies or representing businesses and their principals and plaintiffs or defendants in all types of business litigation.

In addition to his practice, Rob writes a monthly column for Philadelphia’s third largest daily newspaper, has authored numerous publications, co-authored a textbook for law students, lectured at legal conferences, has spoken to business groups, appeared as a guest speaker on radio and television shows and served on multiple legal, political and non-profit boards.

Background

Rob started his career as a litigation associate at the Miami law firm of Rice & Reiser. After moving to Philadelphia in 1986, Rob spent three years at Astor, Weiss & Newman, where he was a business litigator. From 1989 through 1997, he honed his bankruptcy and litigation skills at Adelman Lavine Gold & Levin. In 1997, Rob was recruited to be the head of the Creditor’s Right Department at Abrahams Lowenstein Bushman & Kauffman. After three years, Rob joined one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most respected law firms, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, where he served as vice chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy Practice Group.

Rob left Montgomery McCracken in October, 2002 to start his own firm, Bovarnick & Associates, LLC.

In 2006, Rob was named a Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine. Only 5% of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers. Rob was named a Super Lawyer in the areas of business transactions, business litigation and business bankruptcy. Of all the lawyers named Super Lawyer in business bankruptcy throughout Pennsylvania, Rob has the distinction of being one of only three lawyers to receive this honor in firms of less than 10 attorneys. Rob was named a Super Lawyer again in 2007.

In both 2006 and 2007 Rob was named one of the Preeminent Lawyers in America by LexisNexis. Rob is rated AV®, by Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating which is the highest rating a lawyer can receive.

Education

Rob received his BA in political science from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and his J.D. from the University of Miami.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court

Columns, Articles and Seminar Materials

  • “Good Counsel”, monthly column at forbes.com
  • “The Billable Hour”, weekly radio show on 1340 WHAT
  • “Ask the Attorney”, monthly column in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin
  • Various articles in The Bankruptcy Strategist
  • “The Intersection of Bankruptcy and Domestic Relations Law”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • “Using a Bazooka to Swat a Fly – One Lawyer’s Attempt to Hurdle the Broad, New Federal Bankruptcy Law”, Philadelphia Lawyer
  • “Aligning Your Practice with the Bankruptcy Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005”
  • “Bankruptcy Fundamentals”, National Business Institute
  • Basic Commercial Leases in Pennsylvania”, Lorman Educational Institute
  • “Using a Real Estate Appraiser in Pennsylvania (Section on appraisers in bankruptcy), Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • “Your Customer Goes Bankrupt – Do You Have Any Arrows in Your Quiver?”, The Alliance Report
  • “Purchasing Assets in Bankruptcy – A Sound Strategy?”
  • The Alliance Report Protecting Against Preferences” The Alliance Report
  • “Who’s On First? Lien Priority in Pennsylvania”, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • “Litigating the Automatic Stay.”, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • “Inside The Law Schools”, Contributing Author, Chapter 6, E.P. Dutton, 1983
  • “How to Avoid Meeting Me – Strategies to Keep Your Business Out of Financial Distress”
    (to be published)
  • “What to Do if You Are Sued in Bankruptcy Court”, The Alliance Report

Classes, Seminars, Speaking Engagements and Lectures

  • “The Intersection of Bankruptcy and Domestic Relations Practice” – Pennsylvania Bar Institute, November 15, 27, 30, 2007, (Course Planner)
  • “Basic Commercial Leases in Pennsylvania” – Lorman Educational Institute, September, 2007
  • “20 Lethal Legal Small Business Land Mines to Avoid” – Main Line Continuing Professional Education, June, 2007; Technology Professionals Networking Group, April, 2007; Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, April 2007; Philadelphia Business Leaders Alliance, March, 2007; Havertown Rotary Club, March, 2007; Glen Mills Rotary Club, March 2007; Glenside Rotary February 2007.
  • “Litigation Tactics” – Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference Spring Program, Philadelphia, PA, May, 2007
  • “The New Bankruptcy Law—One Year Later” – National Business Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, December 2006
  • “Sports as a Metaphor for a Turnaround” – Main Line Continuing Professional Education, King of Prussia, PA, January 12, 2006
  • “Should Business Bankruptcy Lawyers Represent Consumer Debtors After October 17, 2005?” – National Business Institute, National Web Cast, October 10, 2005
  • “Attorney Liability Under the New Bankruptcy Code” – National Business Institute, Pittsburgh, PA August 5, 2005
  • “This Time It’s Real, A First Look at the New Bankruptcy Law” – Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference Spring Program, Philadelphia, PA May, 2005
  • The Interrelationship Between Commercial Leases and the Bankruptcy Code” – Lorman Educational Institute, Philadelphia, PA February, 2005
  • “Professional Responsibility and Ethics Under the Bankruptcy Code” – Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference Sixteenth Annual Forum, Princeton, NJ, January 29, 2005
  • “Basic Bankruptcy” – Allentown, PA, June 2004
  • “Basic Commercial Leases in Pennsylvania” – Lorman Educational Institute, May 2004
  • “Forward Contracts, Swap Agreements and Derivatives Under the Bankruptcy Code” – Eastern District of Pennsylvania Fifteenth Annual Forum, Princeton, NJ, January 31, 2004
  • “Current Issues in Chapter 11 Practice, Lockup Agreements, Solicitation and Distribution of the Plan and Disclosure Statement, Pre-Packaged and Fast Track Bankruptcies” – Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference Annual Forum, Princeton, NJ, January 31, 2003
  • “Litigating the Automatic Stay” – Pennsylvania Bar Institute Fifth Annual Bankruptcy Institute, Philadelphia, PA August, 2000
  • Licensing, Royalties and Committee Liability in Chapter 11 Cases” – Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference Spring Program, Reading, PA April 27, 2000
  • “Bankruptcy Remoteness – Structured Financing Techniques” – Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference Fall Program, Philadelphia, PA December 1, 1999
  • Rutgers University at Camden Law School, Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar, Co-Instructor 1993-1998

Media Appearances

  • The Billable Hour (weekly radio show) WHAT 1340 am, Philadelphia, PA
  • Money Matters – CN8, Philadelphia, PA December 31, 2008
  • Money Matters – CN8, Philadelphia, PA April 6, 2008
  • Executive Leaders – WWDB, Philadelphia, PA June 8, 2007
  • Wealthy Choices Radio – Boston, MA, September 4, 2006
  • Smallbiz Radio – Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 17, 2006
  • Positive Talk Radio – Tampa, Florida, May 6, 2006
  • Executive Leaders – WWDB, Philadelphia, PA, April 7, 2006
  • Venture Talk Radio – WWDB, Philadelphia, PA, March 24, 2006
  • Michael Smerconish Show – WPHT, Philadelphia, PA April 25, 2005

Boards and Committees Served/Serving on

  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference (Chair 2003-2004) (Vice Chair 2002-2003) (Treasurer 2000-2002), (Secretary 1998-2000), (Steering Committee 1997-1998), (Education Chair 1996-1997)
  • President of the Board for the Pennsylvania affiliate of a national non profit organization (2004-2005); Board Member (2000-Present)
  • United States Congressional Medicare Task Force (1999)
  • National Republican Congressional Committee Business Advisory Board (Current)
  • Board of Directors – Entrepreneurs Forum of Greater Philadelphia (Current)
  • Board of Directors – International Student Athlete Association (Current)
  • Republican Co-Chair, Pennsylvania Campaign for Choice (Current)
  • Finance Committee for Murphy for Congress (2004, 2006)
  • Board of Directors – HIAS and Council (1998-2005)
  • Pennsylvania Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility (1987-1995, 2005-Present)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association Small Business Committee (Co-Chair) (Current)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Management Committee (Current)
  • American Arbitration Association; Commercial Panel of Arbitrators (1990-1994)

Memberships

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Union League of Philadelphia
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association

**CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.”