Robert E. Gerber

Adjunct Professor

Office: United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York
One Bowling Green
New York NY 10004
Tel: (212) 668-5660
Email: rgerbe@law.columbia.edu
Robert E. Gerber is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York, having been appointed in 2000 and reappointed in 2014. Since his appointment to the bench, Judge Gerber has presided over a wide variety of chapter 11, chapter 7, chapter 15, section 304 and SIPA cases—including PSINet, Ames Department Stores, Global Crossing, Adelphia, ABIZ, Basis Yield Alpha Fund, Lyondell Chemical, BearingPoint, DBSD North America, Chemtura, Pinnacle Airlines, Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt and General Motors. He has presided over more than 20 cases with over $100 million in assets and debt, including 10 with over $1 billion in assets and debt. 

Judge Gerber has over 175 published opinions, principally in the business bankruptcy and corporate governance areas. 

Judge Gerber earned a B.S. degree in industrial engineering, with high honors, from Rutgers University (from which he graduated in 1967), and a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Columbia Law School, from which he graduated in 1970, and where, among other things, he was a James Kent Scholar. Before going on the bench, he practiced with the firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, in New York City, specializing in securities and commercial litigation and, thereafter, bankruptcy litigation and counseling. 

He is a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy, and a Fellow (and Director) of the American College of Bankruptcy. He has been named as one of the nation’s outstanding bankruptcy judges six times.