Robert K. Dakis

Robert Dakis is an accomplished litigator and transactional lawyer who has practical experience in a wide range of corporate, bankruptcy, compliance, restructuring, litigation, and other insolvency-related matters. Robert also has considerable experience in international and cross-border insolvency matters and has been named a “Fellow” of INSOL International, the international bankruptcy bar.  

Robert has represented debtors and creditors throughout the country in some of the nation’s largest and most complex insolvency matters. Robert specializes in cross-border matters, and his accomplishments in this area have been recognized by international organizations, including INSOL International. 

In addition to advising on core bankruptcy matters - including 363 sales, plan confirmation, debtor in possession financing, and avoidance actions - Robert has advised clients on complicated matters such as the unwinding of debtors’ financial products portfolios. Robert has also represented companies in both out-of-court restructuring and pre-bankruptcy planning.

Outside of his core practice, Robert has considerable experience representing boards of directors on governance and compliance issues.  Robert has represented all sides in compliance-related matters, including representing an SEC appointed receiver in an investigation arising out of a failed broker-dealer. He also has experience representing counterparties to complex derivatives transactions.

Robert was previously a partner in the Business Solutions group at a leading law firm.  Prior to entering private practice, Robert was the law clerk for the Honorable Allan L. Gropper, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Robert is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey only.

Professional Activities

  • American Bankruptcy Institute INSOLInternational
  • Turnaround Management Association


  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • Graduation Award for Service to the Seton Hall Center for Social Justice
  • Articles Editor, Seton Hall Law Review Order of the Coif
  • Fellow, INSOL International

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Author, “Rejection Equals Breach, Not Termination: Trademark Licensor Cannot Use Bankruptcy to Terminate License,” Westlaw Journal Bankruptcy, July 11, 209
  • Co-Author, “INSIGHT: Distressed Companies Should Prepare for Employee Rights Realities,” Bloomberg Law, May 22, 2019
  • Co-Author, “Bankruptcy Courts Struggle with Debtor’s § 363 Rights and Its Nondebtor Contractual Counterparty’s § 365 Rights,” American Bankruptcy lnstitute’s Business Reorganization Committee Newsletter, February 2015
  • Co-Author, “Bridge Over Troubled Water: Rubin v. Eurofinance Ruling Facilitates Transatlantic Enforcement of Judgments Entered In US Bankruptcy Proceedings,” International Corporate Rescue, Vol. 7, Issue 6, 2010
  • Co-Author, “Can Bankruptcy Code Limitations on Rejection Damages Be Circumvented by the Use of a Letter of Credit?” The Secured Lender, May/June 2006
  • Co-Author, “Supreme Court Rules That States Are Not Immune From Avoidance Actions,” Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law, April/May 2006
  • Co-Author, “Practical advice for cross-border practitioners: Paying homage to the prior recognition requirement,” Euromoney Global Insolvency & Restructuring Yearbook 2006/07
  • Panelist, INSOL International Regional Conference, Offshore Ancillary Meeting, “Claw Back Actions,” Miami, Florida, May 20, 2012
  • Panelist, INSOL International British Virgin Islands One Day Seminar, “Important Judicial Decisions in Cross-border Insolvency,” British Virgin Islands, May 19, 2011