Robert Gonzales Nashville Chapter 11 Business Bankruptcy Attorney

Practice Areas     

  • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

  • Workouts

  • Corporate Crisis Management

  • Business Transactions and Commercial Real Estate

  • General Corporate Practice

  • Outside General Counsel



  • Vanderbilt Law School - JD 1994

  • Louisiana Tech University - BA 1990



  • Tennessee

  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Middle District of Tennessee

  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern District of Tennessee

  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Western District of Tennessee

  • 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals


Seminar Presentations

  • SBRA in Tennessee - The New Frontier in Chapter 11

  • Turnaround Planning & Execution During COVID-19

  • Chapter 11 and Alternatives for Businesses in Financial Distress

  • Making the Best of a Bad Situation: Dealing with Companies Facing Bankruptcy or Insolvency

  • Business Insolvency and Chapter 11

  • Chapter 11 Practice Under the New Bankruptcy Code

  • Uncharted Waters: Deciphering the New Bankruptcy Code

  • Workout or Chapter 11: Legal Strategies for Overleveraged Businesses 

  • Business Insolvency in Tennessee: Exploring Bankruptcy Issues

  • Bankruptcy Law and Procedure from Start to Finish in Tennessee

  • Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law and Procedure in Tennessee

  • Bankruptcy Basics

  • LLCs: Advising Small Business Start-Ups And Larger Companies In Tennessee

  • Bankruptcy: An Introduction To Business Cases


Memberships and Distinctions

  • Rated "AV" Preeminent (highest) by Martindale-Hubbell®

  • Turnaround Management Association, Board of Directors, 2021-present

  • Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, Board of Directors, 2005-2010

  • Nashville Bar Foundation, Fellow

  • Past Chair, Nashville Bar Association Bankruptcy Court Committee and Corporate and Commercial Practice Committee

  • Included in: Best Lawyers in America; Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers; Nashville Business Journal's “Best of the Bar”; and Mid-South Super Lawyers


Robert's practice is focused on Chapter 11 bankruptcy and out-of-court workouts. He has guided hundreds of businesses through Chapter 11 reorganizations, sales, orderly wind downs, and out-of-court restructurings. His clients come from every sector, ranging from small enterprises with a few employees to public companies with thousands. He also has extensive experience representing creditors and Unsecured Creditors' Committees in Chapter 11 cases.

Although he works with companies across the spectrum of industries, a significant portion of Robert's practice involves restructurings of manufacturing, retail, automotive, farming and agribusiness, healthcare, sports and leisure, construction, and real estate enterprises.  

Robert has built a reputation regionally with fellow attorneys, bankers, and business and accounting professionals as a lawyer with a sharp business sense adept at solving complex problems with multiple parties and competing interests. 

Robert earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1994, and was board certified in 2005 as a Business Bankruptcy Law Specialist. He has been consistently recognized as a standout among Tennessee insolvency lawyers by publications including Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Nashville Business Journal's Best of the Bar, and Mid-South SuperLawyers.


In addition to his insolvency practice, Robert represents businesses and their owners in a wide range of corporate and transactional matters, including the buying and selling of businesses, commercial real estate, and other assets. Robert also serves as outside general counsel to a number of companies.