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.
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.
Mr. Middleton represents clients in sophisticated transactional, regulatory, finance, tax and litigation matters. His clients include municipal and investor owned utilities, joint action agencies, industrial end users, power producers 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.
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 a long 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. He is also experienced with doing state and federal grant work.
Mr. Middleton has provided extensive hands on experience advising clients in a broad range of corporate legal issues over the last 30 years. He has served in 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.