Rob is a member at Kaufman & Canoles. His practice focuses on business advice for transactions, legal aspects of commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, sales of businesses, commercial and land leases, formation of business entities, major system procurements, and split-up of family businesses. In addition to his commercial work, he works closely with families and family businesses in generational and estate tax planning, other tax issues, family dynamics, and charitable objectives. His strength is negotiation and creative solutions.

Representative Matters

  • Handled negotiations and legal advice for sales and acquisitions for, and investments in, sand and gravel, aggregates, concrete products and brick, ready mix, asphalt paving, building supply service stations, breweries, restaurants and various distribution and sales entities (including consumer products, petroleum and furniture)
  • Developed numerous companies’ legal forms and contracts consistent with the companies’ branding and risk management objectives
  • Negotiated land and commercial leases for both landlords and tenants
  • Innovative Uses of Condominiums for Industrial Sites
  • Formation of business entities with special control and management concerns
  • Problem-solving negotiation and advice with respect to product licenses, joint use and service agreements, joint ventures, agreements with executives, employees and contractors
  • Assisted with advice and legal work in procurement of major software, hardware and manufacturing systems and related project construction
  • Represented surviving entities in family business split-ups
  • Assisted transition of family businesses to the next generation
  • Implemented wealth transition plans with family values
  • Financial and business advice in connection with most matters

Recognition & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, 1999-2021
  • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2006-2013
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition; Law & Politics
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine
  • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow; Virginia Law Foundation, 2012- present
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association Community Service Award 2000
  • Hampton Roads Community Foundation Barron F. Black Community Builder Award 2013


  • American Bar Association; Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section, Taxation Section
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Virginia Treasury Board, 2007–2010; appointed by the Governor
  • Hampton Roads Community Foundation Work Force Development Study Group Member 2013
  • Virginia Beach Vision; Director, Member of Executive Committee, 1997–present; President, 2006–2007
  • Envision Virginia Beach 2040; Member – appointed by City Council, 2011
  • Blue Ribbon Tax, Fee and Spending Task Force; Member of Task Force appointed by City Council, Revenue Subcommittee Chairman, 2007
  • Resort Area Strategic Action Plan Advisory Committee
  • Citizens Steering Committee for Virginia Beach Convention Center; Chairman, 2000–present; Chairman Video Art Committee; Chairman Headquarters Hotel Committee
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School; Chairman, Development Committee, 1979–1980; Member, Development Committee, 1975–present
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation; Trustee, 1995–present
  • Tidewater Jewish Foundation; Director, 2014-present; Member, Investment Committee
  • Ohef Sholom Temple; President, 1995–1997, Honorary Director, 1975–present
  • Ohef Sholom Temple Foundation; Board Member 1995; President 2013, 2014
  • Virginia Beach Foundation; Founding Director, 1987 – 2010; Chairman, 2001–2005; Member of Executive Committee; and Investment Committee
  • Children’s Health Foundation; Chairman of the Board, 1984–1989
  • Children’s Health System, Inc.; Treasurer, 1990–1994; Director, 1990–1998
  • United Way of South Hampton Roads; President and General Campaign Chairman, 1986; Campaign Volunteer, 1972-1986
  • Diabetes Institutes Foundation; Founding Director, 1987; Secretary, 1988–through merger
  • Norfolk Academy; Board of Directors, 1985–1995
  • Norfolk State University Foundation; Director, Secretary, Executive Committee, 1986–1998
  • Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads; Past Director
  • Virginia Stage Company; Past Director
  • SHARE Program, South Hampton Roads; Past Funding Raising Chairman
  • Junior Achievement; Past Director
  • Virginia Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee of the Young Lawyer’s Section; Founding Chairman
  • Virginia Beach Tomorrow Study Group
  • United Jewish Federation of Tidewater; Past Director
  • Volunteer Hampton Roads; Director, 1999–2005
  • Bank of Tidewater; Director, 1985–2001
  • SouthTrust Bank; Advisory Director, 2001–2004


  • Dartmouth College; A.B., 1964
  • London School of Economics, 1965
  • Harvard Law School; J.D., 1969

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