Bob Barton serves as the Taylor Porter Managing Partner and as a member of the firm's Executive Committee.
Mr. Barton’s practice is varied, consisting of representation of local and national businesses in matters involving commercial litigation and transactions, regulatory and compliance matters, and general litigation. He is the co-chair of the firm's Business and Commercial Litigation group.
Mr. Barton is a mediator with The Patterson Resolution Group. He received mediation training through the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. In 2023, Bob completed the American Arbitration Association Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators training program.
Mr. Barton has been selected for inclusion in both Louisiana Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America in commercial litigation. He has also been selected as a member of the Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc.
Recent notable matters he has handled include:
Mr. Barton graduated from Louisiana State University in 1990 and earned his J.D., cum laude, and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Georgia. He successfully completed mediation training through the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. In 2023, Bob completed the American Arbitration Association Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators training program.
Mr. Barton is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state and federal courts, in the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and in the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Barton is an active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Baton Rouge Bar Association, and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (former board member). He served as a member of the LSU National Collegiate Athletic Association Re-accreditation Committee. Baton Rouge Business Report named Mr. Barton as one of Baton Rouge’s “Top Forty Under 40” in 2003. He has lectured to lawyers, law students, and business groups on various topics related to his practice areas.
Mr. Barton was elected to the inaugural class of the Baton Rouge Business Report Leadership Academy. Elsewhere in the community, he is the Former Board Chair of HOPE Ministries. Mr. Barton is also on the Board of Directors for LABI (Louisiana Association of Business and Industry), the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, and the Manship Theatre. He has been an active supporter of the Capital Area United Way, chairing sections and divisions for the 2003, 2004, and 2005 campaigns, and served for six years as a member of the CAUW’s Board of Directors. He was also CAUW’s 2010-2012 Chairman of Community Investment. Mr. Barton has participated in the Baton Rouge Big Buddy Program and has coached various teams in youth sports.
Seminars and Presentations
Articles & Presentations
"Consolidated Appropriations Act Provides COVID-19 Relief, Including Changing Expense Deduction Rules," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, January 5, 2021
"Treasury and IRS Release Additional Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program Loans," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, December 7, 2020
"SBA Publishes New Paycheck Protection Program FAQs Regarding Loan Forgiveness," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, August 6, 2020
"Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 Signed Into Law," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, June 5, 2020
"SBA Issues Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness Requirements; Outlines Loan Review Procedures," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, May 27, 2020
"PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Available," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, May 18, 2020
"PPP Loan Forgiveness Update," The Taylor RePorter Legal Blog, May 13, 2020