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Robert J. Diehl, Jr.

Member,Detroit

T 313-393-7597F 313-393-7579313-393-7597

competitive drive
Education
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • University of Michigan, A.B., high honors, high distinction
Admissions
  • Michigan
Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • Detroit Bar Association (DBA)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Turnaround Management Association®
Overview

Robert J. Diehl, Jr., represents clients in complex business law matters and commercial transactions with a focus on debtor-creditor rights and bankruptcy.

He represents lenders in out-of-court workouts and in bankruptcy proceedings involving all types of businesses and collateral, especially automotive-related businesses and real estate and construction businesses.

Mr. Diehl has special expertise in matters relating to postpetition financing, lifting the automatic stay and maximizing realization of collateral value.

Mr. Diehl has documented numerous complex, high risk financial transactions, highly leveraged financings, and asset based loans. He has expertise with syndicated loans, loan participations, foreign currency loans, and banker’s acceptances. Mr. Diehl has extensive experience in counseling lenders on loan structure and lender liability issues and in defending lenders on lender liability claims, especially those relating to the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fiduciary duty, equitable subordination, and fraudulent transfer.

Mr. Diehl is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 (for more than twenty years) under Bankruptcy and Debtor Creditor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 under Banking and Finance Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation-Banking & Finance, and Litigation-Bankruptcy. He is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 under Banking & Finance: Bankruptcy (achieving the highest "first band" ranking), in Michigan Super Lawyers 2016 under Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, and in DBusiness magazine as a 2017 “Top Lawyer.” Michigan Super Lawyers has also listed Mr. Diehl on multiple occasions as one of the “Top 100” lawyers in Michigan. He is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He was a national finalist for the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (March 2011).

Mr. Diehl serves in leadership roles with numerous organizations, including the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion (member and past chair, board of directors), the Catholic Foundation of Michigan (founding member, board of directors), the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce (member, board of directors), Henry Ford Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute (member, board of advisors), VIP Mentoring (member, board of directors), and the Grosse Pointe Club (member, board of directors).

 

Honors, Awards, and Recognition
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 1995-2017, Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Chambers USA 2016, Banking & Finance: Bankruptcy
  • Michigan Super Lawyers 2006-2016, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • DBusiness Magazine "Top Lawyer" 2009-2012, 2014-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence; Endorsed for High Ethical Standing
Civic, Cultural and Community Activities
  • Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Henry Ford Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute, Board of Advisors
  • VIP Mentoring, Board of Directors
  • Grosse Pointe Club, Board of Directors
Professional Activities
  • Federal Bar Association, E.D.Mich. Chapter
    • Bankruptcy Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association
    • Debtor-Creditor Rights Committee, Member
  • Detroit Bar Association
    • Debtor-Creditor Rights Committee, Member
  • Turnaround Management Association®, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Debtor-Creditor Rights Committee, Member

 

Practices & Industries Education
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • University of Michigan, A.B., high honors, high distinction
Admissions
  • Michigan
Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • Detroit Bar Association (DBA)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Turnaround Management Association®