Robert W. Lee

Area of Focus: Corporate & Finance
Robert W. Lee

As a former in-house attorney to a fin-tech company, Robert W. Lee has extensive experience counseling clients on entity operations, growth, deal structuring, and other transactional work. A member of Bilzin Sumberg’s Corporate & Finance Group, Robert regularly counsels clients on a range of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial finance, and general contract negotiations. 

Additionally, Robert lends a strong tax background to his corporate work, allowing him to leverage his tax structuring abilities to provide clients with additional value beyond counseling on traditional transactional matters. Robert’s experience in the tech sector gives him unique insight into industry-specific issues applicable to his current practice such as deal planning and due diligence processes; negotiating licensing, vendor, partnership, sales, and master service agreements; and developing and implementing data privacy policies.

Q & A
What attracted you to become a business lawyer?
I don’t come from a purely legal background in terms of my professional journey. I graduated with a degree in business management, and then later in law school I acquired a strong interest in tax. I wanted to practice in an area that would utilize my business and tax background, and I found that corporate law was the area where I could truly practice as a business lawyer. What this means in practice is that in analyzing a transaction, I always want to understand the broader strategic business considerations at play, which allows me to properly anticipate the long term implications of the decisions made during the transaction. Beyond immediate issues of legal exposure and contractual constraints, I need to assess a transaction’s consequences on the company’s bottom line and how it will likely affect its longer-term operations.
How has your experience serving as in-house counsel strengthened the value you bring to clients?
My experience gave me insight into what corporate clients want from outside counsel. They want someone to help them think through legal and business issues with a big picture mentality. They want someone with the acumen to know what questions to ask so that they are in a position to make the best decision for their specific situation. My experience working as in-house counsel has attuned me to this need for strategic thinking that goes beyond what other transactional attorneys offer. 
  • Georgetown University, LL.M., dean's list and with distinction, 2017
    St. Thomas University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2016
    Florida State University, B.S., Business Management, 2010
  • Florida