Robert E. Gerber joined the New York law firm of Joseph Hage Aaronson in 2016 upon his retirement from the federal bench, having served, for 15 years, as a United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Southern District of New York. During his tenure as a federal bankruptcy judge, he presided over a broad array 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 was appointed in 2000 and reappointed in 2014. During his judicial tenure, he presided over more than 20 cases with over $100 million in debt, including 10 with over $1 billion in debt. Over the course of that time, he issued about 200 published opinions, principally in the business bankruptcy and corporate governance areas.
Gerber earned his 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 was a partner 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.
Gerber is a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy, and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.
He was named as one of the nation’s outstanding bankruptcy judges six times.