Meet the New Trustee

By Academy Staff

Optimus Trustee

Optimus Trustee

On October 1, 2016, Robert S. Thomas, II, was appointed as the Chapter 13 and Chapter 12 Standing Trustee for the District of Maryland, Baltimore Division with offices in Townson. Prior to appointment as Standing Trustee, Mr. Thomas was a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee and Managing Partner of the law firm Thomas Trattner Malone, LLC, in Akron, Ohio. He began private practice in 2005 specializing in bankruptcy and commercial law, real estate law, foreclosure defense, and asset protection. He has represented clients in chapters 7, 13 and 11 bankruptcy proceedings and trustees in adversary proceedings. While in private practice, Mr. Thomas represented clients in municipal and state court proceedings as well as individuals and corporate creditors in chapters 7, 13 and 11 proceedings. He has served as Chapter 11 Liquidating Trustee/Disbursing Agent. During his time as a Chapter 7 Trustee and while in private practice, Mr. Thomas was a frequent CLE speaker.

For ten-years immediately prior to leaving Akron, Mr. Thomas served as Adjunct Professor at The University of Akron, School of Law, teaching Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights. He was the 2012 recipient of the John R. Quine Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award presented by the University of Akron College of Law. Mr. Thomas considers teaching to be one of his favorite pass-times.

In 1992, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics with a Minor in History, from George Mason University. He followed this up with a J.D. in 1996 from The American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C.

In Robert, we have another new trustee who enjoys exercise and physical activity. He is an avid weight lifter and loves all things sports. As a matter of fact, his favorite TV show is ‘anything on ESPN’. In line with his love of sports, for the 2016 season he served as Assistant Football Coach for North High School which is part of the Akron Public School System.

Robert loves the Pittsburg Steelers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. As one might expect, his favorite athlete is Lebron James. Robert and “King” James share an alma mater – Akron’s St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

Robert adores attending the sporting events of his children. These events include soccer, basketball and football. Along with his kids, he is a fan of the superhero craze. Although his favorite hero is The Hulk.

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