Robert "Rob" L. Swartwood II

Of Counsel

Phone

404.844.2756

Phone2

404.997.6020

Fax

404.997.6021

Location

Atlanta

Biography

Rob provides comprehensive corporate counsel to businesses throughout the country, with a specific emphasis on mergers, acquisitions and other transactions in the middle market. With a breadth of experience leading business leaders through buy- and sell-side engagements, across a broad variety of industry sectors, for financial and strategic buyers and sellers alike, Rob’s experience adds value to his clients as a true advisor and trusted counselor throughout the lifecycle of the enterprises that he represents.

Prior to joining James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP, Rob was an Associate at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP in Atlanta, Georgia and Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers, LLC in Marietta, Georgia. Prior to becoming an attorney, Rob was an infantry officer in the United States Army, and he served his country faithfully for fourteen years, including multiple overseas tours. He is a two-time recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for combat service.

Rob is an avid reader and outdoor enthusiast. He is active in the metropolitan Atlanta faith community, and the veteran community nationwide. Rob resides in Marietta, Georgia with his wife, Mandy, and their three children.

Practice Areas

Professional Organizations/Activities

  • American Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta Bar Association and Cobb Bar Association
  • 11th United States Congressional District Service Academy Nominating Committee – Congressman Barry Loudermilk
  • West Point Society of Atlanta 
  • Leadership Cobb (2012)
  • Nobis Works, Inc. – Board of Directors 
  • Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Radical Mentoring alumnus (2010), and Legion group leader (2014, 2016)

Awards + Recognitions

  • Named a "Legal Elite" in corporate law, Georgia Trend Magazine, 2013 and 2014
  • Named "Top 20 Under 40," Cobb Life Magazine, 2013
  • Received the Ross Adams Younger Lawyer Award, Cobb County Bar Association, 2013
  • Received the Ernest Barrett Leadership Award, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, 2012

Education

  • United States Military Academy (B.S., 2001)
  • University of Georgia School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2009)

Admitted

  • Georgia, 2009

Recent Experience

  • Represented an $860 million dollar building products distributor in a competitive auction resulting in a sale to a financial acquirer
  • Represented a global agricultural concern in its $187 million acquisition of the stock of the nation’s third largest peanut processor
  • Represented a large, private manufacturing company in its acquisition of $75 million in assets from a global competitor
  • Represented a national building products company in its strategic acquisition of a $40 million Southeastern competitor
  • Represented an investment fund in its $42 million divestiture of an energy service company
  • Represented a global agricultural concern in its $85 million acquisition of Alabama’s largest peanut processor
  • Represented a large, private manufacturing company in its $12 million acquisition of a tool manufacturing company
  • Represented a public-to-private, national trucking company in its acquisition of a $22 million Southeastern competitor
  • Represented a national building products distributor in six strategic acquisitions of smaller competitors, with aggregate enterprise values in excess of $100 million
  • Represented a $50 million merchant financing company in a majority recapitalization to a Wall Street equity firm
  • Represented a private investment fund in its $40 million acquisition of timberland and subsurface mineral rights
  • Represented a $200 million foreign real estate holding company in its divestiture of US holdings, and formal dissolution
  • Represented a global payment processing company in five bank and merchant transactions with strategic relationship partners
  • Represented a large media conglomerate in a subsidiary acquisition of an auction platform

Administrative/Legal Assistant Contact

Name: Jordan Jenkins
Title: Legal Assistant
Phone: 404.844.2772

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