Mr. Hartley has been actively involved in virtually every type and aspect of bankruptcy, creditor’s rights and insolvency litigation for more than twenty years. His practice regularly includes advising clients in matters of financial restructuring, workout transactions and receivership proceedings. Although Mr. Hartley’s practice focuses primarily on the southeastern United States, he has handled matters in numerous other state and federal courts, including international matters in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Canada and South Korea.Mr. Hartley has been recognized as a leading bankruptcy attorney by Chambers USA, the Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. He has obtained the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell and has been chosen as one of the top 50 attorneys in Alabama by Super Lawyers and as the top bankruptcy litigation attorney in southwest Alabama by Best Lawyers.Mr. Hartley is currently a member of the Alabama State Bar (Past Chairman and Board Member of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section), the Mobile County Bar Association (Past Chairman of the Bankruptcy Section), the Paul W. Brock Inn of Court, the Federal Panel of Neutrals (for the Southern District of Alabama), the Bankruptcy Court Local Rules and Practice Advisory Committee, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts in Alabama, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
In 1994, Mr. Hartley was appointed by the Majority Leader of the United States Senate to be a Commissioner on the National Bankruptcy Review Commission. This commission was established to study and evaluate the modern bankruptcy system and to make formal recommendations for legislative reform to the President, the Congress and the United States Supreme Court. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Hartley was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Margaret A. Mahoney, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of Alabama. Mr. Hartley formerly served as a Majority Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. His areas of legislative responsibility included bankruptcy, antitrust, intellectual property and judicial nominations. From 1991-1993, Mr. Hartley was Majority Senate Liaison to the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal. Mr. Hartley was also a longtime campaign and legislative aid to United States Senator Howell T. Heflin.
Mr. Hartley is a frequent speaker and lecturer on bankruptcy, insolvency matters, and the legislative process. He has addressed such organizations as the American Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, American Bankers Association, Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Commercial Law League of America, American Land Title Association, and numerous state and local bar associations.