Robert J. Diehl , Jr. - Bodman PLC

Robert J. Diehl , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Mr. Diehl represents clients in complex business law matters and commercial transactions with a focus on debtor-creditor rights and bankruptcy. He represents lenders in out-of-court workouts and in bankruptcy proceedings involving all types of businesses and collateral, especially automotive-related businesses and real estate and construction businesses. He has special expertise in matters relating to postpetition financing, lifting the automatic stay, and maximizing realization of collateral value.

Mr. Diehl has documented numerous complex, high risk financial transactions, highly leveraged financings and asset based loans. He has expertise with syndicated loans, loan participations, foreign currency loans, and banker’s acceptances. Mr. Diehl has extensive experience in counseling lenders on loan structure and lender liability issues and in defending lenders on lender liability claims, especially those relating to the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fiduciary duty, equitable subordination, and fraudulent transfer.

Mr. Diehl is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 (for over 10 years) under Bankruptcy and Debtor Creditor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 under the categories Banking and Finance Law, Litigation-Banking & Finance, and Litigation-Bankruptcy. He is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012 under Banking & Finance: Bankruptcy (achieving the highest “first band” ranking), in Michigan Super Lawyers 2007 under “The Top 100,” and Michigan Super Lawyers 2012 under Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights. He was a national finalist for the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (March 2011). He is listed as a 2012 Top Lawyer by DBusiness magazine.  He is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Diehl is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, Detroit Chapter.  He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion and of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.

University of MichiganBA 1977University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D. 1979
Turnaround Management Association, Detroit ChapterMichigan Roundtable for Diversity and InclusionDetroit Regional Chamber of Commerce

Client Comments

"Bob Diehl has a grasp of all the issues that are involved in these very emotional, confusing, and troublesome matters. He keeps his eye on the strategic issues as well as the tactical considerations at all times."

"Bob Diehl combines an encyclopedic knowledge of both bankruptcy/insolvency law and practice with an in depth knowledge of the credit issues confronted by the bank. He is able to distill his counsel into clear and practical advice to both junior Special Asset's officers as well as bank executives. For example, his counsel has been vital in addressing the myriad credit and operational issues in working with the auto companies and their suppliers. He is regarded as a critical factor in our success."

-Keith M. Altenburg
Senior Vice President & General Counsel Michigan Market
Comerica Bank

"Bob is one of those guys that you know will give timely, practical, and correct advice every time. He does his best to make the complicated as understandable as possible. He also does not waste a lot of time. The point is to get to a solution to the problem, and Bob gets you there efficiently. He is also very easy to work with and I have always appreciated his friendly and professional demeanor. I put him in the top few of the list of lawyers that I retain that I am very glad to have on my side. "

"I have known Bob Diehl for 25 years and have always found him to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Bob's business and legal knowledge position him well to give practical advice to clients. He is very solution-oriented and helps his clients get to the best outcome, even in the most difficult of situations."

"Robert Diehl is the best workout attorney I have ever dealt with."

Office Location

Ford Field, Sixth Floor
1901 Saint Antoine Street
Detroit, MI 48226
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Detroit Metro Area2010 Lawyer of the Year in Banking and Finance Law of the Detroit Metro Area
Robert J. Diehl, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Robert J. Diehl, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law (Acquisition Finance, Asset-Based Lending, Bankruptcy and Workouts, Commercial Finance, Distressed Debt Transactions, Finance, Leveraged Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Restructurings, Secured Transactions, Syndicate Transaction Lending, Transactions, Uniform Commercial Code)
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Acquisition Finance, Banking, Chapter 12, Commercial, Creditors' Rights, Lender Liability, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Out-of-Court Workouts, Workouts and Restructurings)
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Bankruptcy