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 45-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 and on the Delaware bankruptcy court's roster of neutrals. 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.