Rob Masri is a startup attorney and entrepreneur in Charlottesville with far-reaching legal, finance, and business experience. He advises companies in all phases of the life cycle, from startup to market fit, to pre-venture guidance, IP protection, scale, maturity and exit strategy.

Rob also counsels clients in contract negotiation, licensing, joint ventures, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions.

He has started several businesses, including a mobile marketing company with a focus on developing customer loyalty. He has also served as Chief Development Officer for the University of Virginia Law School Foundation and as an EVP/General Counsel for a provider of online communication software and an on-demand, gig economy mobile marketplace.

As an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, Rob teaches the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and co-teaches Legal Practice and the Start-Up Company: An Inside Look and Law and Finance of Venture-Capital Backed Firms.


Virginia Institute of Autism, Board Member

Playing ACES Chess Organization, Board Member

Thought Leadership


The Future of Money: How Real is Virtual Currency?


Speaking Engagements:

27th Annual Darden BBSF (Black Business Student Forum) Conference 2015, Speaker

6th Annual Darden Entrepreneurship Conference 2014, Speaker

SEVC (Southeast Venture Conference) 2012, Presenter

UVA Venture Summit 2012, Presenter

Capital Connection 2012, Presenter

NAMA (National Automatic Merchandising Association) Coffee, Tea & Water Show 2011, Speaker

DEMOfall 09 (Emerging Technology Conference), Presenter

Mobile Marketing: Easy as 1, 2, 3″, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Free Enterprise magazine

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