Robert Bailey Branson is an attorney who has focused on consumer and small business bankruptcy rights for over twenty seven years in the Orlando area. He served proudly in the United States Army from 1978 to 1983. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida in 1985, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida College of Law in 1988. He is a member of the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association, former member of the Middle District of Florida’s Steering Committee and former Chair of the Orange County Bankruptcy Bar Committee. Since 1990 he has been a mediator in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division and became a Florida Circuit Mediator in 2014. In 2010, he participated in the working group to assist in the implementation of the Residential Mortgage Modification Program in the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division. He has spoken at the NCBJ, NACTT, ABI National and Southeastern Conferences, National Loss Mitigation Summit and the Statewide Mortgage Modification Mediation Florida Summit. As a mediator he has performed countless adversary and sanction mediations and over 800 residential mortgage mediations. As Debtor Counsel he has completed nearly 400 mortgage modifications since the program’s inception. He is a leader in the area of mortgage modification mediation through bankruptcy; he has been teaching attorneys and their staff from Florida and other states around the country to understand the various Federal mortgage modification programs and how to effectively obtain these modifications through Residential Mortgage Modification Mediation since 2011. Throughout his career he has been proud to provide pro bono legal services to those in need. His firm has frequently interceded on behalf of pro se debtors at the request of the Bench and Chapter 13 Trustee’s Office. His firm assisted with the formation of the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division Pro Se Clinic and in 2013 provided the most hours of any law firm with over 100 hours provided by the firm’s three attorneys.