Robert S. Hertzberg is a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Detroit and New York offices. He is past co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group.
Mr. Hertzberg, an accomplished bankruptcy lawyer and fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, has been practicing almost exclusively in the bankruptcy and restructuring field for more than 40 years, representing secured lenders, debtors, debtors-in-possession, trustees, creditors and creditors’ committees. He also has specialized in handling complex litigation matters in bankruptcy court and federal district court.
Mr. Hertzberg is a past president of INSOL International (2003-2005), the leading international organization of bankruptcy professionals. He also was a member of the board of INSOL International from 1997 to 2006, and is past chairman of INSOL’s Technical Electronic Newsletter Editorial Board. Mr. Hertzberg was recently appointed to the Panel of INSOL International College of Mediation. In addition to INSOL and the American College of Bankruptcy (in which he sat on the Sixth Circuit Admissions Council from 2003-2006), he is active in many other professional organizations, including the Turnaround Management Association, the Commercial Law League of America (past chairman of the Bankruptcy Section), and the American Bankruptcy Institute (past chairman of the Central States Workshop program). Mr. Hertzberg also is a member of the International Insolvency Institute.
Mr. Hertzberg is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, the International Who’s Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers (USA and International editions) and Michigan Super Lawyers. He received the Consumer Bankruptcy Association’s Award of Recognition in 2000 for his accomplishments in the bankruptcy field.
Mr. Hertzberg has written extensively on numerous bankruptcy topics and was on the advisory board of the “Global insolvency” Web site. He also has lectured throughout Europe, Africa, Middle East, the Americas and the Far East on bankruptcy and restructuring issues, and participated in several colloquiums at the United Nations that were hosted by UNCITRAL (1999, 2000 and 2007). The colloquiums covered topics including bankruptcy guidelines and secured transactions.
Mr. Hertzberg argued before the United States Supreme Court in January 2014; United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., Case No. 12-1408.
Recently, Mr. Hertzberg acted as special litigation counsel for the City of Detroit Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.
Mr. Hertzberg was co-chair of the Administrative Claims, Critical Vendor and Other Pressures on Liquidity Advisory Committee for American Bankruptcy Institute Commission to Study Bankruptcy Reform (2014).
Mr. Hertzberg has acted as a senior consultant on behalf of the World Bank on projects related to Mongolia, Laos, Saudi Arabia and MSME’s.
In the community, Mr. Hertzberg has served as chairman of the board of trustees of Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) from 2006 to 2008 and is currently a member of the executive board. He is also a past co-chair of Partnership2Gether (2015 – 2017), co-chair of the Israel and Overseas Committee (2018 – current), on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Detroit, and on the board of governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel in Jerusalem.