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Jesse S. Vogtle, Jr.


Strategic advice and bankruptcy litigation

For more than 30 years, Jesse Vogtle has earned the trust of debtors and financial institutions who value his ability to deliver comprehensive and efficient solutions to complex Chapter 11 commercial bankruptcy problems.

Vogtle has additional areas of focus, including advising banks on core bank operating contracts,  vendor agreements and loan workouts. His practice also includes advising public entities on the creation and related economic development of industrial parks. In addition, he represents Chapter 11 debtors, including clients in the coal industry.

He has litigated and protected the interests of clients in state, federal and bankruptcy courts across the country. His experience also includes advocating for clients in arbitration, mediation and multi-party financial disputes. Vogtle represents a range of clients in multiple sectors, including national, regional and community banks, commercial debtors, universities, public entities, medical research facilities, real estate developers, commercial landlords, and private equity and venture funds.

Prior to joining Waller, Jesse chaired the financial industries section of a Birmingham-based law firm. Jesse is recognized for his bankruptcy experience by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers.

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  • Related Services
  • Education
    • J.D., The University of Alabama School of Law, 1988
    • B.S., The University of Alabama, 1985
  • Bar Admissions
    • Alabama
  • Recognitions
    • Chambers USA
      • Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Alabama), 2010-2022
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings)
      • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2010-2023
      • Commercial Litigation, 2010-2023
      • Litigation - Banking and Finance, 2010-2023
      • Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2010-2023
      • Litigation - Real Estate, 2010-2023
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)
      • Bankruptcy: Business, 2009-2021
    • Birmingham Magazine

      Top Attorney, Bankruptcy Law, 2012 - 2013

    • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Professional Involvement
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Member, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
    • Member, Birmingham Bar Association
      • Past Executive Committee Member
      • Chairman, bankruptcy and commercial law section, 2000
    • Member, Alabama State Bar
    • Alabama Bar Association
      • Chairman, bankruptcy and commercial law section, 2009
    • Past Chairman, Task Force to Evaluate Alabama State Bar Section Financial Management
  • Community Involvement
    • Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF)
      • 2020-2022, President
        • 2019-2020, 1st Vice President
        • 2017-2018, 2nd Vice President
        • 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, 2013 - 2020, Board of Directors, Management Council
    • The Birmingham Zoo
      • Elected Director Emeritus, 2017
      • Board of Directors, 2006 - 2016
      • Chair, 2013 - 2015
    • Board of Directors, Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, 2000 - 2018
      • Chair 2016
    • 2022 Ball Chairman and Host, Alabama Symphony Orchestra Maestro's Ball
    • Alabama Symphony Orchestra, past Corporate Chair and present member Corporate Committee ASO, 2015 - Present
    • Mountain Brook City Council, 2006 - 2014
      • President Pro Tempore, 2006 - 2010
    • Leadership Alabama, Class of XXIII
      • Birmingham Regional Council, 2013 - Present
    • 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

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