Attorney - Robert J.  Middleton

Attorney:

Robert J. Middleton
Of Counsel
HBS Albany Office

P: 229-446-3936
F: 229-888-2156
E: bmiddleton@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

Bob Middleton is head of the firm's Energy, Regulatory and Utilities practice group.  He is also a member of the firm's Agriculture, Business Litigation, Government Affairs and Transactional practice groups.   Prior to joining HBS, Mr. Middleton was a partner at Alston & Bird, LLP in Atlanta.  After moving back to his hometown of Albany, Georgia, in 2001 he became a partner at Watson Spence LP and then started his own firm, Robert J. Middleton, Jr. LLC, for five years.  Mr. Middleton spends the majority of his time in the HBS Albany office but also maintains a presence in the firm's Atlanta office.

Mr. Middleton obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia.  While in law school he was a member of the ABA National Client Counseling Team and participated in the Tallmadge and Russell Competition.  Over his thirty years of practicing law, Mr. Middleton has represented both public and private clients, governmental entities and non-profits, in a broad range of legal matters including administrative and civil litigation and appeals, corporate law, transactions, complex contract negotiations, economic development and government affairs before agencies and legislative bodies. He has performed a broad range of services for his clients and has served in a general counsel capacity for many of them. During this time, he has developed particular areas of expertise involving transactions, electric power matters, natural gas, telecommunications, water law, municipal law and regulatory compliance.

Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Mr. Middleton and his team at HBS represent business entities in a broad range of issues including administrative, regulatory and civil matters before agencies and in state and federal court that affect the success of the clients.  He practices before the Georgia Public Service Commission in electric territorial and natural gas cases and other regulatory proceedings.  He also handles matters related to economic development negotiating tax incentives from state and local governments for clients.

Education

University of Georgia, J.D., 1982
ABA National Client Counseling Team; Appellate Practice Tallmadge and Russell Competition;
Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
University of Georgia, B.A. in Political Science cum laude, 1979
Honor's Program, Dean's List
Governor's Internship Program  Governor's Press Secretary's Office (1979 General Assembly)

Admitted

Georgia Bar, 1982
Georgia Supreme Court, 1983
Georgia Court of Appeals, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
U.S. Supreme Court, 1994

Membership

State Bar of Georgia
Dougherty County Bar Association
State Bar Advisory Committee on Legislation, 1992-2002
Chairman of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Georgia, 1989-1992

Activities

Member, First United Methodist Church, Sunday School teacher
Albany Rotary Club
Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, former Board Member, Technology Committee
Georgia Technology Authority, former Board Member

Awards

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell