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Robert J. Stark is an internationally recognized leader in complex corporate restructuring and one of the nation’s leading advocate for creditors in the “tough” Chapter 11 cases, many requiring extensive bankruptcy-related litigation. As Leader of Brown Rudnick’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Practice Group, Robert leads the firm in some of the largest and most important Chapter 11 cases in the United States, many of which often require: 

  • Contests over the value of the bankruptcy estates, 
  • Complex avoidance or other bankruptcy-related litigation, 
  • A change in the case dynamic and philosophy, and 
  • Arguments toward a change in the case law. 

In 2020 alone, Robert served as lead counsel to: (a) Official Committees of Unsecured Creditors in nine large Chapter 11 cases; (b) secured lenders in three large Chapter 11 cases; (c) unsecured bondholders in two large Chapter 11 cases; (d) private equity sponsors in two large Chapter 11 cases; and (e) post-confirmation liquidation/litigation trusts in three large Chapter 11 cases. 

Robert has been recognized and profiled by numerous directories and publications including Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 US, Best Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation, Law360, Turnaround & Workouts, Global M&A Network, IFLR1000, Lawdragon, Who’s Who Legal, Super Lawyers, PLC Which Lawyer, National Law Journal, and Bloomberg/ Business Week. 

In addition to his case work, Robert is also well known for his academic contributions. In 2020, he became an editor and chapter author for the nation’s leading treatise on bankruptcy matters, Collier on Bankruptcy. He wrote or co-wrote articles appearing in, among other academic periodicals, the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, Business Lawyer, California Law Review, and Journal of Corporation Law, which have been quoted/cited in trial and appellate court decisions and in the published writings of leading legal scholars. His most recent law review article, “Bankruptcy Hardball” (co-written with UC Hastings Law Professor Jared Ellias), was selected by law school faculty around the country as among the “Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2020” (announced in the Corporate Practice Commentator). 

He has also guest lectured on restructuring topics at numerous seminars and graduate schools around the country. 


Updated Sep 2021