About Us

Robert M. Bovarnick, Esq. has represented businesses and their principals for more than three decades. In 2002 he founded his own firm based in Philadelphia, PA, Bovarnick and Associates, LLC. Previous to founding Bovarnick and Associates, LLC, he served as the Vice Chair of the Bankruptcy Practice Group at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, one of the largest law firms in Philadelphia.

Bovarnick and Associates, LLC offers a diverse range of business law services which include: determining business models; drafting all types of business-related contracts; representation in mergers and acquisitions; renegotiating debts and representing companies and creditors in bankruptcies; and representing businesses and their owners as both plaintiffs and defendants in business litigation. The Firm has represented businesses of all sizes across numerous industries.

In addition to overseeing a thriving law firm, Rob has also been featured as a legal analyst on the Fox Business Network and as a columnist for Forbes, the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin and Pennsylvania Law Weekly. For five years he was responsible for leading the Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar at Rutgers University Law School-Camden.

Since 2006, Rob has been selected as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” in the areas of business, business litigation and commercial bankruptcy.  Also since 2006, he has been consistently named as one of the “Preeminent Lawyers in America” by LexisNexis.  In 2015, Bovarnick and Associates, LLC, was a finalist for “Small Law Firm of the Year” by Smart CEO magazine.

 

Education and Bar Admissions

  • B.A. in political science from the University of Washington.
  • J.D. from the University of Miami.
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as admitted in numerous federal courts.

Media Appearances 

  • David Asman Show–Fox Business Network (2009—multiple appearances discussing the Chrysler and General Motors bankruptcies)
  • Money Matters—Comcast Network (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)
  • The Billable Hour (weekly radio show)–WHAT 1340 am Philadelphia, PA (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)

Columns, Articles and Seminar Materials 

  • New Jersey Bankruptcy Practice Guide—chapter on the Small Business Reorganization Act (to be published Fall, 2020)
  • The New Small Business Bankruptcy Law—Pennsylvania Law Quarterly—Fall Issue, 2019
  • “Ask the Expert” column in Forbes
  • “Good Counsel” column on forbes.com
  • “Politically Right” column in Pennsylvania Law Weekly
  • “Ask the Attorney” column in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin
  • Various articles in The Bankruptcy Strategist
  • LLC Operating Agreements—section on State Operating Agreement Law Update, Trends and Current Issues—National Business Institute
  • Advanced LLC Issues—sections on Current Pennsylvania Updates and Emerging Trends and Walking the Ethical Line—National Business Institute
  • Handling the Sale of a Business—section on Asset Purchase Agreements—National Business Institute
  • Small Business, Big Problems—Counseling the Small Business Owner Regarding Bankruptcy—Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Issues Relating to Commercial Leases—National Business Institute
  • 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
  • What to Do if You Are Sued in Bankruptcy Court–The Alliance Report
  • Inside The Law Schools–Contributing Author, Chapter 6, E.P. Dutton

Classes, Seminars, Speaking Engagements and Lectures 

  • Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar–Rutgers University Law School—Camden (1993-1998)
  • LLC Operating Agreements—National Business Institute (June 18, 2019)
  • Running Your Law Firm Like a Business—Pennsylvania Bar Institute (December 4, 2018)
  • Advanced LLC Issues—National Business Institute (April 27. 2017)
  • Handling the Sale of a Business—National Business Institute (February 27, 2017)
  • Buying and Selling a Business:  Start to Finish—National Business Institute (February  24, 2016)
  • Top 8 LLC Mistakes to Avoid in Business Practice—National Business Institute (April, 2015)
  • Choice of Entity—Comcast Network (April, 2015)
  • Issues Relating to Commercial Leases—National Business Institute (November 12, 2013)
  • 18th Annual Bankruptcy Institute—Pennsylvania Bar Institute (October 17, 2013) (Author of Small Business, Big Problems)
  • 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)

Boards and Committees Serving/Served on

  • Pennsylvania Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility (1987-1995, 2005-Present)
  • Board of Directors–International Student Athlete Association (2014-Present)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Management Committee (2010-2016)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association Small Business Committee (Co-Chair) (2007-2010)
  • National Republican Congressional Committee Business Advisory Board (2005-2009)
  • Board of Directors–Entrepreneurs Forum of Greater Philadelphia (2005-2008)
  • 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 nonprofit organization (2004-2005); Board Member (2000-2008)
  • Republican Co-Chair, Pennsylvania Campaign for Choice (2004-2008)
  • Finance Committee for Murphy for Congress (2004, 2006)
  • Board of Directors- HIAS and Council (1998-2005)
  • American Arbitration Association; Commercial Panel of Arbitrators (1990-1994)
  • United States Congressional Medicare Task Force (1999)

Memberships

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Associations\
  • Union League of Philadelphia
  • American Bankruptcy Institute