Attorney - Robert J.  Middleton


Robert J. Middleton
HBS Albany Office

P: 229.436.4665
F: 229.888.2156
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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.

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Mr. Middleton has provided extensive hands on experience advising clients in a broad range of corporate legal issues over the last 35 years.  He has served and currently servesin a general counsel capacity for a number of companies providing legal advice and counsel to company executives.  He has negotiated, re-negotiated and resolved disputes in contract matters ranging in project values from thousands of dollars to large capital projects and financing involving hundreds of millions of dollars.  Day to day legal advice for corporate clients have also involved sophisticated corporate and transactional matters, tax, franchises, regulatory issues, service rights and risk of loss and litigation assessment.


University of Georgia, J.D., 1982
ABA National Client Counseling Team; Appellate Practice Tallmadge and Russell Competition;
Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
University of Georgia, B.A. in Political Science cum laude, 1979
Honor's Program, Dean's List
Governor's Internship Program  Governor's Press Secretary's Office (1979 General Assembly)


Georgia Bar, 1982
Georgia Supreme Court, 1983
Georgia Court of Appeals, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
U.S. Supreme Court, 1994


State Bar of Georgia
Dougherty County Bar Association
State Bar Advisory Committee on Legislation, 1992-2002
Chairman of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Georgia, 1989-1992


Member, First United Methodist Church, Sunday School teacher
Albany Rotary Club
Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, former Board Member, Technology Committee
Georgia Technology Authority, former Board Member


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