OUR TEAMRobert Bovarnick Esq.

Managing MemberRobert M. Bovarnick

Rob focuses his practice in all aspects of businesses, including but not limited to: determining a business’ proper structure, drafting all types of contracts, purchasing and selling all or part of a business, renegotiating debts, bankruptcies or representing businesses and their principals and plaintiffs or defendants in all types of business litigation.

Background & Education

Rob started his career as a litigation associate at the Miami law firm of Rice & Reiser. After moving to Philadelphia in 1986, Rob spent three years at Astor, Weiss & Newman, where he was a business litigator. From 1989 through 1997, he honed his bankruptcy and litigation skills at Adelman Lavine Gold & Levin. In 1997, Rob was recruited to be the head of the Creditor’s Right Department at Abrahams Lowenstein Bushman & Kauffman. After three years, Rob joined one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most respected law firms, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, where he served as vice chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy Practice Group.

Rob left Montgomery McCracken in October, 2002 to start his own firm, Bovarnick & Associates, LLC.

Since 2006, Rob has been consistently named a Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine. Only 5% of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers. Rob was named a Super Lawyer in the areas of business transactions, business litigation and business bankruptcy. Of all the lawyers named Super Lawyer in business bankruptcy throughout Pennsylvania, Rob has the distinction of being one of only three lawyers to receive this honor in firms of less than 10 attorneys.

Rob is rated AV®, by Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating which is the highest rating a lawyer can receive.

Rob received his BA in political science from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and his J.D. from the University of Miami.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Union League of Philadelphia
  • Florida Bar Association

Columns, Articles, Seminar Materials and Media Appearances

  • “Good Counsel”, monthly column at forbes.com
  • “Ask the Attorney”, monthly column in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin
  • Various articles in The Bankruptcy Strategist
  • “The Intersection of Bankruptcy and Domestic Relations Law”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • “Using a Bazooka to Swat a Fly – One Lawyer’s Attempt to Hurdle the Broad, New Federal Bankruptcy Law”, Philadelphia Lawyer
  • “Aligning Your Practice with the Bankruptcy Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005”
  • “Bankruptcy Fundamentals”, National Business Institute
  • Basic Commercial Leases in Pennsylvania”, Lorman Educational Institute
  • “Using a Real Estate Appraiser in Pennsylvania (Section on appraisers in bankruptcy), Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • “Your Customer Goes Bankrupt – Do You Have Any Arrows in Your Quiver?”, The Alliance Report
  • “Purchasing Assets in Bankruptcy – A Sound Strategy?”
  • The Alliance Report Protecting Against Preferences” The Alliance Report
  • “Who’s On First? Lien Priority in Pennsylvania”, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • “Litigating the Automatic Stay.”, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • “Inside The Law Schools”, Contributing Author, Chapter 6, E.P. Dutton, 1983
  • “How to Avoid Meeting Me – Strategies to Keep Your Business Out of Financial Distress”
    (to be published)
  • “What to Do if You Are Sued in Bankruptcy Court”, The Alliance Report
  • David Asman Show–Fox Business Network (2009—multiple appearances discussing the Chrysler and General Motors bankruptcies)
  • Money Matters—Comcast Network (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)
  • LLC Operating Agreements—National Business Institute (June 18, 2019)
  • LLC Operating Agreements—National Business Institute (June 18, 2019)
  • Running Your Law Firm Like a Business—Pennsylvania Bar Institute (December 4, 2018)
  • Advanced LLC Issues—National Business Institute (April 27. 2017)
  • Handling the Sale of a Business—National Business Institute (February 27, 2017)
  • Buying and Selling a Business: Start to Finish—National Business Institute (February 24, 2016)
  • Top 8 LLC Mistakes to Avoid in Business Practice—National Business Institute (April, 2015)
    Choice of Entity—Comcast Network (April, 2015)

Boards and Committees Serving on

  • Board of Directors – International Student Athlete Association (Current)
  • Pennsylvania Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility (1987-1995, 2005-Present)

**CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.”

Bovarnick and Associates, LLC

Creative, practical problem solving,
to protect you and increase your success.

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Philadelphia, PA 19107

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