Robert "Rob" L. Swartwood II

Counsel

Direct

404.844.2756

Office

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 myriad industry sectors, Rob adds value as a true advisor and trusted influencer to the leaders with whom he works. 

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 the nation 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
  • Nobis Works, Inc. – Board of Directors
  • Ministry activities include involvement with North Metro Church, Radical Mentoring, the Legion and Apex

Awards + Recognitions

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

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 a joint venture in the energy space in its $965 million majority recapitalization with a West coast equity firm
  • Represented an $860 million 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 top, national property management firm in its $170 million sale to a financial acquirer
  • 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 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 heavy civil construction firm in its $40 million sale to a strategic acquirer
  • 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 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 with an 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
  • 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: Connie Bush
Title: Legal Assistant
Phone: 404.997.6024

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