Jesse Vogtle has delivered comprehensive and efficient solutions to major case participants in complex commercial Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases for more than 34 years. His practice has expanded to a national platform representing financial, healthcare, and energy companies and creditors in both in-court and out-of-court insolvency proceedings. He advises clients on the business aspects of bankruptcy and workout, and represents clients in matters in bankruptcy court, as well as in other state and federal courts. 

Represented Matters

  • Represented a major fast-food restaurant franchisee as local counsel in Chapter 11 proceedings involving a 363 sale of 166 of its 172 locations in five Southeast states; recovering approximately $58 million for the bank syndicate and creditors, allowing more than 2,500 employees to keep their jobs and continue operating the restaurants
  • Represented a lender in a $24 million loan restructure involving a vertically integrated fishing and fish processing operation in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Represented a franchisee with 30 quick service restaurants (QSRs) in Alabama and Tennessee, as the debtor in Chapter 11 proceedings involving a 363 sale via a stalking horse bidding process
  • Served as counsel to bondholders representative facilitating deed in lieu agreement on a $7 million bond issue secured by a senior living facility in Anniston, Alabama
  • Served as counsel to bondholders representative in litigation against the principals of an assisted living facility in Sarasota, Florida, with a defaulted $38 million bond indenture
  • Served as counsel to bondholders representative facilitating the appointment of a federal receiver to finish construction of $42 million defaulted bond issue for a Florida senior assisted living facility
  • Represented a large, multistate bank as Bond Trustee holding a security interest on all of the assets of a bankrupt biomass manufacturer and facilitated the bank's sale of those assets
  • Served as lead bankruptcy counsel to a large Alabama-based mining company and five of its affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases and in negotiating a plan of reorganization
  • Represented a research foundation in the negotiations and assignment of the license as part of the receivership assumption and assignment of executory contract


  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D.
  • The University of Alabama, B.S.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Alabama
  • Holland & Knight, Birmingham Hiring Partner, 2023
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, Past Executive Committee Member, Chairman, 2000
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Alabama Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, Chairman, 2009
  • Task Force to Evaluate Alabama State Bar Section Financial Management, Past Chairman
  • Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF), President, 2020-2022; 1st Vice President, 2019-2020; 2nd Vice President, 2017-2018; Chairman, Audit Committee and Legislative Committee, Nominating Committee, and Executive Committee
  • Friends of the Gardens, Board of Directors, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2021-2024
  • Five Star Plantation, Board of Directors, Management Council, 2013-2020
  • The Birmingham Zoo, Elected Director Emeritus, 2017; Board of Directors, 2006-2016, Chair, 2013 - 2015
  • Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, Board of Directors, 2000-2018; Chair, 2016
  • Alabama Symphony Orchestra Maestro's Ball, Ball Chairman and Host, 2022
  • Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Past Corporate Chair, Current Member; Corporate Committee, 2015-present
  • Mountain Brook City Council, 2006-2014; President Pro Tempore, 2006-2010
  • Leadership Alabama, Class of XXIII, Birmingham Regional Council, 2013-2023
  • Leadership Birmingham, Class of 2011
  • Synovus Financial Corp., Advisory Board, 2022-Present
  • BBVA Compass, Young Advisory Board, 1992-1998; Advisory Board, 2002-2021, National Advisory Board, 2020-2021
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2010-2013, 2015-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2010-2024; Commercial Litigation, 2010-2024; Litigation - Banking and Finance, 2010-2024; Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2010-2024; Litigation - Real Estate, 2010-2024
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, Bankruptcy: Business, 2009-2023, Business Litigation, 2022, 2023, Banking, 2022, 2023
  • Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorney, Bankruptcy Law, 2012-2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated