Vedder Price

Robert J. Hankes

Shareholder

Robert J. Hankes is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the firm’s Global Transportation Finance team, whose performance led Vedder Price to be named Airline Economics Aviation 100 Law Firm of the Year in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Mr. Hankes focuses his practice on commercial aviation and railcar finance, and acts on behalf of lessees and equity and debt participants in a variety of domestic and international leasing and finance transactions, including operating leases, leveraged leases, mortgage financings, structured financings, and purchase and sale transactions. He was a member of the team advising on the $1.21 billion asset backed securitization transaction named North America Deal of the Year.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Hankes, also a Certified Public Accountant, served as an auditor for Arthur Andersen and as the Finance Supervisor for an international law firm.

Mr. Hankes has been recognized by Legal 500 United States in the Transport: Aviation and Air Travel—Finance category since 2017, and has been acclaimed by the guide as a Next Generation Lawyer. He was also selected as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers from 2014 to 2017. Mr. Hankes has been named as a Rising Star in both the Airfinance Journal and Super Lawyers publications.

Robert J. Hankes

Shareholder

Education

  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2005, with honors
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A., 1998
  • Certified Public Accountant, 1998

Robert J. Hankes

Shareholder

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2006
  • New York, 2015

Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association

Member, International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading