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Robert D. Aicher Lawyer Profile

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Biography

ROBERT D. AICHER is a retired partner of Sidley Austin LLP where he concentrated in derivatives and structured finance. He is currently working as part of the founding team of ZeekBeek.com, an interactive, computerized attorney advertising service owned by CloudLaw, Inc. Mr. Aicher graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. degree in Political Science, and holds a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Aicher practiced in finance and bankruptcy law from the time of his original licensing as a lawyer in 1976. From 1998 to 2011 he concentrated his efforts on the convergence of the insurance, banking and investment banking industries with a particular emphasis on the finance and derivatives components of such convergence. He has extensive experience in structuring transactions as counsel to banks and insurers providing credit and liquidity support for both publicly offered and privately placed debt in municipal, health care, asset backed securitization and project financings.

 

 

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Employment History

Sole Practioner
September 2011 - Present Robert D Aicher
Partner
June 2000 - June 2011 Sidley Austin LLP
Partner
June 1995 - June 2000 Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Partner
June 1976 - June 1995 Chapman and Cutler

Education

The University of Michigan Law School
Year Graduated: 1976
Masters Law
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
The University of Michigan
Year Graduated: 1973
Bachelors Political Science
The degree is from the School of Literature, Science and the Arts. I graduated Magna Cum Laude

Bar Associations

American Bar Association
July 2016 - Present
New York State Bar Association
January 2016 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association
September 2015 - Present
State Bar of Michigan
September 2011 - Present

Speaking Engagements

Modern Law Practice Series: Consumer Facing Service and the Impact on Law Practice; Tennessee Bar Association;
June 2017 Nashville, Tennessee
Hosted by the Tennessee Bar Association
The Changing Landscape of the Legal Profession
May 2016 - May 2016 Albany, New York and via live webcast
The program is organized by the New York State Bar Association. It provides two CLE credits. I am on the third panel, titled "Lawyer Referral Service - What Does the Future Hold?" Here is a link to the program: http://www.nysba.org/store/events/registration.aspx?event=0EI71

Other Experiences

Testimony Given Before The National Bankruptcy Review Commission
The National Bankruptcy Review Commission was an independent commission established by Congress in 1994. Among other issues studied by the Commission was the question of revisions to Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code (the "municipal" bankruptcy provisions) in light of the then recent filing of Orange County, California, for bankruptcy. In testimony given by Robert Aicher to the Commission in 1996 he delivered to the Commission the “Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Municipal Bankruptcy Reform” . The “Ad Hoc Committee on Municipal Bankruptcy Reform” was a municipal finance industry work group formed in the wake of the Chapter 9 bankruptcy of Orange County, California. It's purpose was to suggest revisions to the bankruptcy code in the area of municipal finance. Many aspects of the Ad Hoc Committee's Report's recommendations were included in the Commission's Final Report issued to Congress on October 20, 1997. Some of these recommendations were eventually enacted as amendments to Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code as part of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.

Legal Task Forces or Working Groups

State Bar of Michigan 21st Century Task Force - Modernizing the Regulatory Machinery Committee
April 2015 - April 2016
New Task Force to Tackle Challenges of 21st Century Legal Practice 3/5/15 State Bar of Michigan President Thomas C. Rombach has appointed distinguished legal leaders to a new 21st Century Practice Task Force to recommend how the State Bar can best serve the public and support lawyers' professional development in a rapidly changing legal marketplace. The task force will also look at the potential for modernizing Michigan's attorney regulation in response to those changes. SBM Past Presidents Bruce Courtade, of Grand Rapids, and Julie Fershtman, of Farmington Hills, will co-chair the task force. Other members of the task force include Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly, Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Kevin Cotter, the deans of all five Michigan law schools, former American Bar Association President Robert Hirshon, and former Judge James Redford, Governor Snyder's legal counsel. "The willingness of such exceptional leaders to serve on the task force reflects the growing awareness in Michigan of how technology and globalization are profoundly changing the world in which lawyers practice," Rombach said. He emphasized that the task force will focus on recommending concrete, practical steps to keep Michigan a leader in promoting improvements in the delivery of legal services. The 21st Century Practice Task Force will build on the work of the State Bar of Michigan Judicial Crossroads Task Force. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. has credited the 2011 Crossroads report with making valuable contributions to the transformational, cost-saving changes now underway in Michigan's court system at the direction of the Michigan Supreme Court. The task force will work for a year and release a public report in March of 2016. Meetings of the task force will be held in open session so that State Bar members and the public can follow its work and offer comment through the 21st Century Practice Task Force website. The task force recommendations will be developed from the work of three committees comprised of prominent Michigan attorneys, judges, academicians, and public officials. The three committees are Affordability of Legal Services: New Tools for Breaking through the Access Barrier; Building a 21st Century Practice: Developing and Maintaining Professional Excellence in a Dynamic Marketplace; and Modernizing the Regulatory Machinery: Building Resilience and Capacity in the Delivery of Legal Services. The foundation for the new task force was laid in November of 2014 at a forum on the future of legal services convened by the State Bar in Lansing. The forum was held in conjunction with the American Bar Association Commission on the Future of Legal Services. ABA President William Hubbard told those gathered at the forum that the justice system is at an inflection point, and he challenged the legal profession to develop a new model to meet the needs of the underserved while enhancing the opportunities for lawyers to thrive in their practices.
Ad Hoc Committee on Municipal Bankruptcy Law Reform
January 1996 - December 1996
This was a municipal finance industry work group formed in the wake of the Chapter 9 bankruptcy of Orange County, California. It's purpose was to suggest revisions to the bankruptcy code in the area of municipal finance.

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