C. Edward Dobbs

C. Edward Dobbs


Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP

Recognized since 1983

Atlanta, Georgia

Practice Areas

Arbitration

Banking and Finance Law

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Corporate Law

Equipment Finance Law

Litigation - Bankruptcy

Mediation

Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Equipment Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Securitization and Structured Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2010 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
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Ed Dobbs is the founder and architect of the Parker Hudson commercial finance, debt restructuring, and ADR neural services practice areas. As a result of his focus in these practice areas over his 47-year career, Ed has acquired considerable knowledge about commercial matters generally and developed extensive transactional and litigation experience.

As a commercial lending attorney, Ed represents some of the largest financial institutions in the country in structuring and documenting commercial loans, including asset-based lending, factoring and receivable purchase arrangements. AS a debt restructuring attorney, Ed has participated in some of the largest bankruptcy cases in the country, both as counsel for bank groups, individual lenders, Chapter 11 debtors, and creditor committees. As part of his Chapter 11 practice, Ed is often called upon by clients to defend them in litigation involving alleged fraudulent conveyances, voidable preferences, and lender liability claims.

In addition, Ed is an accomplished mediator and, in that role, has assisted parties in resolving sizable commercial disputes with significant complexity. His leadership skills, client focus, and encyclopedic knowledge of this areas of practice drive strong confidence in his clients and aids in his coaxing parties to the settlement table in mediations. Ed serves on the American Arbitration Association (AAA) panel of neutrals for complex commercial cases in both arbitrations and mediations. Having developed a national reputation in his commercial lending and debt restructuring practices, Ed is frequently called upon to mediate complex disputes, sometimes involving billions of dollars, in civil suits in state or federal courts or in adversary proceedings in bankruptcy cases throughout the country. Ed is also trained in and prepared to conduct online mediations on the Zoom platform, which allows for videoconferencing in joint session as well as caucus rooms.

Ed is committed to assisting both clients and third-party disputants in resolving their differences and reaching their commercial goals as expeditiously and economically as possible. His experience, gravitas, and persuasive bargaining and communication skills help clients and mediation participants resolve what often appear to be intractable disputes. As a result of his past litigation experience and work as an arbitrator and mediator, Ed is able to assist clients in understanding the litigation risks and potential benefits of settlement, while at the same time prepared to put in play his considerable litigation experience for matters that a client is unwilling to settle.

Contact & Links

Location

  • 303 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 3600
    Atlanta, GA 30308

Languages

  • English

Education

  • Davidson College, AB, graduated 1971
  • Vanderbilt University , J.D., graduated 1974

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1974

Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association, National Roster of Neutrals - Member
  • American Bar Association - ABA Young Lawyers Division, Chairman 1981-1982; Member, House of Delegates, 1982-1984; Creditors' Rights Subcommittee, Chair, 1994-1995; Sundications and Participations Subcommittee, Chair 1996-1997, Member of Section of Business Law and Member, Section
  • American Bar Foundation - Fellow (2011-present)
  • American College of Bankruptcy - Fellow
  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators - Fellow
  • American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers - Fellow, past President (1996-1998)
  • American Judicature Society - Member, Board of Directors (1981-1982)
  • Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals - Faculty
  • Atlanta Bar Association - Member, Corporate Banking and Bankruptcy Sections
  • Atlanta Chapter of Turnaround Management Association - Board member, 2002-2010; President, 2007-2009
  • CFA Education Foundation, Inc. - Advisory Board of Directors; Annual Fundraising Chair, 2016
  • Davidson College - Board of Trustee (2009-2011)
  • Davidson College - Board of Visitors, 2005-present; Board Chair, 2009-2010
  • Emory Medical School, Department of Urology - Advisory Board, 2009-2013
  • Emory University School of Law - Adjunct Professor of Law (1987-1992)
  • Georgia Arbitration Forum - Member; Treasurer, 2018; Vice President, 2019; President, 2020)
  • Lawyers Foundation of Georgia - Fellow (1983-present)
  • Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute - Board of Directors, 1979-present; President, 1991-1992, 2005-2006; Chairman, 1992-1993, 2006-2007
  • State Bar of Goergia - Chairman, Section of Bankruptcy Law, 1978-1979; Section of Dispute Resolution
  • The Georgia Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators, a chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals - Member (2016-present)
  • The Georgia Conservancy - Board of Trustees, 2012-present; President, 2009-2013
  • Trees Atlanta, Inc. - Board of Directors, 2002-present; President, 2009-2013
  • Trinity School - Board of Trustees, 1992-1996
  • Vanderbilt University School of Law - Alumni Council, 1997-1999
  • W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court - Master of the Bench (2014-present)

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Courts for Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Michigan

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Equipment Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Securitization and Structured Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2010 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Equipment Finance Law, Atlanta (2015)
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law, Atlanta (2014)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Atlanta (2013)
  • Banking and Finance Law, Atlanta (2012)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Atlanta (2010)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Corporate Law
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Equipment Finance Law

Special Focus

  • Asset-Based Lending
  • Banking
  • Commercial Finance
  • Finance
  • International Business Transactions
  • Lending
  • Loan Documentation
  • Mortgage
  • Secured Transactions

Awards:

  • Davidson College Alumni Service Award
  • Recipient of the lifetime achievement David W. Pollard Award, awarded to the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association (2012)
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as the Securitization and Structured Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Atlanta (2014)
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as the Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Atlanta (2013)
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as the Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Atlanta (2012)
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for Arbitration, Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Corporate Law, Equipment Finance Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Mediation, Securitization and Structured Finance Law (1983-present; listed annually 35 consecutive years)
  • Listed by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Mediation (Nationwide), Banking and Finance, and Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2003-present)(and as a "Star Individual" in Bankruptcy/Restructuring)
  • Recognized as a Top 10 "Georgia Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine (2004, 2012-2013)
  • Recognized as a "Georgia Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine (2004-2020)
  • Recognized as one of Georgia's "Leading Lawyers" in Georgia Trend Magazine (2004-present)
  • Listed as one of the world's leading practitioners in the insolvency field in the "International Who's Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers" (2006-present)
  • Listed as a "highly recommended" Atlanta insolvency lawyer in Practical Law Company's "Cross Border Lawyer Handbook - Restructuring and Insolvency" (2006-present)
  • Listed as one of Georgia's leading banking law practitioners in Who's Who Legal: Georgia (2007-present)
  • Named a top AV Preeminent attorney in Legal Leaders: Banking and Finance Law
  • Recognized for outstanding business and professional achievements by Strathmore's Who's Who (2009, 2010)
  • Listed as one of the world's leading lawyers in the Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers
  • Recognized in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2012-present)
  • Recognized as one of Georgia's "Top Rated Lawyers" by Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent rating) and ALM (2012-present)
  • Listed in the field of Insolvency and Restructuring in Expert Guides - Banking, Finance and Transactional Law (2016)

In re Colonial BancGroup

Serve as Chapter 11 debtor''s counsel in a case that involves asserted claims of more than $1.4 billion, including a $900 million priority claim asserted by the FDIC. We have the first reported decision in which the capital maintenance priority claim of the FDIC was rejected and the first reported decision in which the FDIC''s asserted right to offset bank accounts of the Chapter 11 holding company that were at its failed bank and transferred to a purchaser of the failed bank''s assets by the FDIC was denied by the bankruptcy court for lack of mutuality. Both decisions are on appeal.

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