Bob Middleton is head of the firm's Energy, Regulatory and Utilities practice group. He is also a member of the firm's Agriculture, Business Litigation, Government Affairs and Transactional practice groups. Prior to joining HBS, Mr. Middleton was a partner at Alston & Bird, LLP in Atlanta. After moving back to his hometown of Albany, Georgia, in 2001 he became a partner at Watson Spence LP and then started his own firm, Robert J. Middleton, Jr. LLC, for five years. Mr. Middleton splits his time between the HBS Albany office and the firm's Atlanta office.
Mr. Middleton obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia in 1979 and 1982. Over his thirty-seven years of practicing law, Mr. Middleton has represented both public and private clients, governmental entities and non-profits, in a broad range of legal matters including administrative and civil litigation and appeals, corporate law, transactions, complex contract negotiations, economic development and government affairs before agencies and legislative bodies. He has performed a broad range of services for his clients and has served in a general counsel capacity for many of them. During this time, he has developed particular areas of expertise involving transactions, complex contracts, electric power matters, natural gas, telecommunications, solar projects, water law, municipal law and regulatory compliance.
Mr. Middleton represents clients in sophisticated transactional, corporate, regulatory, finance, tax and litigation matters. His clients include municipal and investor owned utilities, joint action agencies, industrial end users, electric power producers, solar companies, and natural gas companies. He regularly undertakes actions before the Georgia Public Service Commission and in state and federal courts that determine the success of his clients. Mr. Middleton seeks to ensure that his clients' interests are made known to federal and state policy makers in order to best represent his clients. He has also specialized in representing governmental entities including municipal, county, and joint action authorities in matters involving electric power, natural gas, telecommunications and water.