Attorney - Robert J.  Middleton

Attorney:

Robert J. Middleton
Of Counsel
HBS Albany Office
HBS Atlanta 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 splits his time between the HBS Albany office and the firm's Atlanta office.

Mr. Middleton obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia in 1979 and 1982.  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-five 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, complex contracts, electric power matters, natural gas, telecommunications, solar projects, 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. Mr. Middleton has negotiated and litigated a number of complex contractual matters. 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.

Energy, Regulatory & Utilities

Mr. Middleton represents clients in sophisticated transactional, corporate, regulatory, finance, tax and litigation matters.  His clients include municipal and investor owned utilities, joint action agencies, industrial end users, electric power producers, solar companies, and natural gas companies.  He regularly undertakes actions before the Georgia Public Service Commission and in state and federal courts that determine the success of his clients.  Mr. Middleton seeks to ensure that his clients' interests are made known to federal and state policy makers in order to best represent his clients.  He has also specialized in representing governmental entities including municipal, county, and joint action authorities in matters involving electric power, natural gas, telecommunications and water.

Government Affairs

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Middleton majored in political science at the University of Georgia where he graduated with honors in 1979 and began working as an assistant to Governor George Busbee.  He has thirty-five years history of working with elected leaders in state government including a number of campaigns for statewide office.  He represents a number of clients before the Georgia General Assembly and maintains key contacts with those legislators along with members of the Georgia Public Service Commission and other state agencies.  Mr. Middleton has served as special counsel to numerous city and county attorneys around the state. He is also experienced with doing state and federal grant work.

Transactional

Mr. Middleton has provided extensive hands on experience advising clients in a broad range of corporate legal issues over the last 35 years.  He has served and currently servesin a general counsel capacity for a number of companies providing legal advice and counsel to company executives.  He has negotiated, re-negotiated and resolved disputes in contract matters ranging in project values from thousands of dollars to large capital projects and financing involving hundreds of millions of dollars.  Day to day legal advice for corporate clients have also involved sophisticated corporate and transactional matters, tax, franchises, regulatory issues, service rights and risk of loss and litigation assessment.

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