Robert J. Welhoelter

Rob Welhoelter employs a pragmatic approach to complex bankruptcy and corporate restructuring matters. Companies faced with insolvency and the prospect of bankruptcy – as well as lenders and guarantors involved with insolvent businesses – value this efficiency. Rob successfully represented multiple landlords in a restaurant chain bankruptcy, with each lease having been assumed, and also represented a national restaurant franchisor in litigation regarding its claims against a bankrupt franchisee.  He provided counsel to an insolvent real estate development company and its guarantor in the sale of stalled development project covering more than 500 acres. Rob represented an international automaker in crisis management situations involving supplier insolvencies and bankruptcies, and he advises a commercial lender to middle-market businesses in forbearance, foreclosure and workout situations. Rob has also represented indenture trustees in revenue bond defaults. 

In addition to his bankruptcy and restructuring experience, clients also engage Rob in complex litigation and commercial disputes outside of the bankruptcy sphere. He served as co-counsel to a trucking company in a high-profile dispute with a truck stop operator and coordinated counsel for an entrepreneur involved in multiple lawsuits and commercial disputes as well as a government investigation.

Rob practiced as an associate at Waller from 2005 to 2009, maintained a solo practice from 2009 through 2014,  and rejoined the firm in 2014.


  • Member, Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations

Prior Affiliations

  • Robert J. Welhoelter, Attorney at Law, 2009-2014
  • Associate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, New York, N.Y.
  • Judicial Law Clerk, the Honorable Mary F. Walrath, United States Bankruptcy Court, Wilmington, Del.


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2002
    • American Bankruptcy Institute Medal
    • Academic Excellence Award - Bankruptcy
  • B.A., Yale University, Mathematics, 1999

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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Rob participates each year in “Bike to Jack and Back,” a two-day, roundtrip cycling event between Nashville and the Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn. He is a member of a team that has raised approximately $200,000 to support individuals living with multiple sclerosis by riding in the event.