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I respond to my clients’ needs in a very personable, professional way, placing myself in their position and dealing with their issues from that perspective. I try to view their issues through my personal experience, and I take their cases very personally. Clear communication and collaboration are essential on all matters. When litigation takes us into the courtroom I always seek to present the client’s case from a strategic advantage perspective and advocate vigorously for them.

In his national practice, Robin Cheatham advises clients in all aspects of bankruptcy transactions and litigation, including commercial litigation, oil and gas matters, construction law, asset acquisitions, general business counseling and complex commercial financial transactions.

Additionally, Robin works on energy and environmental matters and has experience in various aspects of oil and gas transactions, including owner disputes, preparation of royalty agreements, farm in/out agreements, litigation of lien interests under state oil lien acts, executory contract issues, federal and state royalty and regulatory issues and ranking of state lien and security documents.

On the transactional side, Robin handles contractual disputes and interpretation, bond claims, construction defects, additional compensation claims, fraudulent conveyances, voidable preferences, lien ranking, stay violations, enforcement of state lien provisions and executory contracts. He also advises clients with their issues related to covenants against competition, unfair trade practices and breach of contracts.

Robin particularly enjoys the complex, unique and challenging issues stemming from bankruptcy cases in the energy and oil and gas sectors. In the offshore arena, for example, oil wells no longer in use must be plugged and decommissioned, and pipelines must be buried or removed, structures such as platforms must be dismantled. From these actions, interesting legal questions and conflicts surface because there is no standard method of dealing with them and the courts disagree as to how these claims should be treated in bankruptcy.

Always striving to bring about expedient resolutions in the most economic manner, Robin balances those goals with the understanding that some issues require very detailed in-depth analysis and high-level preparation and involvement in legal proceedings. He willingly walks this tightrope to deliver optimal outcomes to his clients.

I enjoy being deeply involved with my clients’ business and partnering with them to help advance their interests and achieve their goals.

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 1979
  • University of New Orleans, B.S., 1976

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana

Court Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Acknowledgements

  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year, Financial Services Regulation Law, 2014
  • Best Lawyers® - Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Financial Services Regulation Law 
  • Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers®, Bankruptcy: Business
  • Leadership in Law, New Orleans CityBusiness 2009
  • New Orleans' Top Lawyers, New Orleans Magazine, 2017

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Jefferson Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit
  • American Bankruptcy Institute