BANKRUPTCY - Robert M. Marino

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Robert M. Marino
Redmon Peyton & Braswell LLP

Title: Partner
Other legal specialties: Creditors’ rights, workouts
Birthplace: Norfolk
Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science, LeMoyne College; law degree, Georgetown University Law Center
Current professional activities: Board of directors, Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association; master, Walter E. Chandler American Inn of Court; member, Standing Committee on Local Bankruptcy Rules for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Family: Married 23 years; wife, Jacqueline; children: Elisa, 16; Nick, 13
Hobbies: Comic books, science fiction, anime, action movies, running
Previous employer: Reed Smith LLP (1994-2007); Hazel & Thomas (1986-1994)
Fan of: “Paul VI High School Panthers fast pitch softball team, where my daughter, Elisa, is the starting pitcher; watching my son pitch for his travel baseball team.”
Favorite vacation spot: Any place with a palm tree, some sand and a warm breeze.
Recently read: Stephen King’s “Dark Tower”series
Mentor: “Frank Dicello, my former partner at Reed Smith and Hazel & Thomas, who taught me the finer points of preserving integrity and honor in this profession.  He also reminded me to keep the home fires burning, no matter the demands of the law practice.” 

Why did you decide to specialize in bankruptcy law? 
“If someone had suggested that I would be a bankruptcy specialist coming out of law school in 1986, I would have laughed at them.  But I had taken a basic bankruptcy course during my second year and the firm that I clerked with that following summer had need of someone who had familiarity with the basic concepts.  It turned out to be interesting work with just the right mix of litigation and business law.  I ended up taking a job offer with the firm’s bankruptcy group and I’ve never looked back.”

How has the recession affected your practice? 
I joined Redmon Peyton in May 2007, hoping to build a practice touching on all aspects of business bankruptcy.  The timing of the current recession could not have been better.  The business bankruptcy work has picked up substantially in the past year or so, and I’ve had the good fortune to be retained in some really interesting matters.  So I’d say that the recession has been a blessing for me.  I’m now just waiting for the commercial real estate market to start producing its own share of bankruptcy work.

Are law firms competing for bankruptcy lawyers?
“Although I’ve seen some of my colleagues move their long-standing practices to different firms over the last year or two, I’ve not really heard that firms are actively competing for those types of lawyers.  However, I think that we can all anticipate that firms will be looking to expand their bankruptcy practices as the pipeline of work continues to increase.  That may bode well for bankruptcy lawyers searching for greener pastures.”

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