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Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, J.D., 1972
College of William and Mary, A.B., 1969
Articles Editor, William and Mary Law Review (1971-72).

Virginia State Bar

Professional Affiliations
American Catholic Lawyers Association
Virginia Bar Association
City of Richmond Bar Association
Virginia Law Foundation
Greater Richmond Bar Foundation
John Marshall Foundation, Board of Directors and Vice President

As a lawyer, investment banker and investor in several enterprises, Bob brings extensive experience in buying, selling and recapitalizing operating companies. His legal expertise is strengthened by his business experience. In 1988, Bob co-founded Carter Kaplan & Co., a Richmond-headquartered investment and merchant bank. There, he headed the firm’s corporate investment banking practice while managing a municipal underwriting practice as well.

In 1996, Bob co-founded the leveraged buyout sponsor firm, Columbia Naples Capital, where he served as a managing director. During the ensuing six years, Columbia Naples Capital deployed in excess of $25 million in equity investments in companies in the outdoor recreation, industrial distribution, natural foods and maintenance outsourcing industries, many of which investments were led by Bob.

In 2001, Bob left Columbia Naples Capital to join LeClairRyan as a specialist in mergers, acquisitions and sophisticated corporate transactions. Also in 2001, Bob co-founded North American Propane, Inc., where he served as an officer, director and general counsel and which at the time of sale (2012) to a strategic purchaser was a holding company for an approximately $125 million run-rate, 70 million gallon, residential and commercial energy distribution business that operated in New England and the Mid-Atlantic markets.

Bob has chaired the Development Committee and currently is Chair of the Program Committee of the John Marshall Foundation, and he is a former member of the boards of directors of the William and Mary Law School Association, Commonwealth Catholic Charities and the Advisory Council of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. As a parishioner of the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, he has served on the Finance Council and as chair of the Parish Building Committee.

In his spare time, Bob is an avid hunter, fisherman and Chicago Cubs fan.