Robert L. Eisenbach III, who goes by Bob, is Of Counsel in Cooley’s Business Restructuring & Reorganization group. He joined his Firm in 1986 and served as Partner from 1993 to 2011. He is resident in the San Francisco office.
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, and recognized as one of Northern California’s Super Lawyers®, Bob focuses his practice on restructuring, bankruptcy, distressed M&A, and related litigation. He is regularly involved in cases throughout the country, including California, Delaware and New York.
For more than 30 years, Bob has guided companies and their boards of directors through Chapter 11, out-of-court restructurings, and recapitalizations, whether a billion dollar company restructuring publicly-held debt, a middle market company or a technology start-up. He is often asked to bring his distressed M&A expertise to bear in helping private equity and company clients navigate the unique issues involved when buying or selling assets of financially troubled or bankrupt companies.
On the creditor side, he frequently represents unsecured creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 cases in a range of industries, including retail, semiconductor and storage technology, biotechnology, and healthcare. In addition, he has specific expertise in Chapter 15 cross-border bankruptcy cases involving companies in Europe and Asia. He has also litigated a wide variety of bankruptcy-related disputes, director and officer liability litigation, complex commercial litigation and intellectual property cases.
Bob has developed a national reputation for helping clients deal with the intersection of intellectual property and bankruptcy law, representing licensors, licensees and others on these complex issues. He has served as Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Technology-Oriented Bankruptcies of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, has testified before the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, and is a frequent speaker on the interplay between bankruptcy and intellectual property law, as well as other aspects of bankruptcy law. He is also a regular commentator on bankruptcy issues in the press, having been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Venture Capital Journal (Thomson Reuters), Distressed Debt Investor, and the legal newspapers The Recorder and Daily Journal, among others.
Before joining Cooley, Bob served as a law clerk to the late Judge Albert Tate Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. He received a J.D. in 1985 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, and completed his undergraduate education at Louisiana State University, where he graduated in 1982, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in political science and economics. Upon graduation from LSU, he was awarded the University Medal for Highest Academic Achievement and received a Phi Kappa Phi National Graduate Fellowship.