Robert Elwood

Robert Elwood

Partner and Co-Founder
Philadelphia, PA
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ABOUT

A client once described Bob as “a lawyer who thinks like a venture capitalist.” It’s no surprise then that Bob co-founded Practus, LLP. Although Practus disrupts the traditional law firm model, one thing that hasn’t changed is Bob’s role as a trusted advisor to national and international clients. He has a knack for explaining complex subjects in a way that allows clients to make wise decisions.

Bob’s practice focuses primarily on investment funds and technology companies. He also serves as outside general counsel to several wealth managers and tech start-ups. As a business lawyer with tax savvy, he regularly advises entrepreneurs and owners of new companies on tax planning ideas, and he has handled hundreds of reorganizations, mergers, and acquisitions. Whether doing pro-bono counsel to special needs children or launching an innovative law firm, Bob solves legal problems with the wisdom and good judgement that comes from 30 years of experience.

Bob has appeared on Nasdaq Trade Talks and has been quoted in U.S. News & World Report, ABA Journal, and other leading publications. But he’s most proud of the ridiculous amount of music trivia floating around in his head at all times – which he routinely uses to wow his wife, his hard-to-impress sons, and complete strangers at cocktail parties. Do you know what two #1 hits were sung by two different people with the same name? Bob does.

ADMISSIONS

  • Pennsylvania 1989

LANGUAGE

  • English
  • French

EDUCATION

Boston University School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude & member of Law Review
Haverford College
B.A., Economics

AWARDS

  • Named “Best of the Bar” in 2021 by the Philadelphia Business Journal
  • Two-time winner of the West Publishing Award (ranked first in law school class two years in a row)
  • Seven-time winner American Jurisprudence Book Award (top grade in law school class)
  • Nine-time winner of the Scarlet and Black Award (top fundraising volunteer at Haverford College)
  • William E. Sheppard Award (for service to Haverford College after 9/11)
  • Charles Perry Award (for volunteer fundraising service to Haverford College)

FUN FACTS

FAVORITE QUOTE

Favorite Quote

For your life to be worth anything you must sooner or later face the possibility of terrible, searing regret. Though you must also manage to avoid it or your life will be ruined

Richard Ford, The Sportswriter
  • Favorite Song
    Favorite Song

    As

    by Stevie Wonder

  • Favorite Movie
    Favorite Movie

    Picnic at Hanging Rock

  • Favorite Vacation
    Favorite Vacation

    Cape Cod

  • Favorite Artist
    Favorite Artist

    Michael Massaia

ALTERNATE CAREER PATH

Alternate Carrer Path

If I weren’t a lawyer, I would be playing third base for the Boston Red Sox.

ADMISSIONS

  • Pennsylvania 1989

LANGUAGE

  • English
  • French

EDUCATION

Boston University School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude & member of Law Review
Haverford College
B.A., Economics

AWARDS

  • Named “Best of the Bar” in 2021 by the Philadelphia Business Journal
  • Two-time winner of the West Publishing Award (ranked first in law school class two years in a row)
  • Seven-time winner American Jurisprudence Book Award (top grade in law school class)
  • Nine-time winner of the Scarlet and Black Award (top fundraising volunteer at Haverford College)
  • William E. Sheppard Award (for service to Haverford College after 9/11)
  • Charles Perry Award (for volunteer fundraising service to Haverford College)

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Bob spent the majority of his career as an equity partner at Dechert LLP. He has also taught at Yale Law School and Haverford College.

Bob’s areas of expertise include:

Tax, Investment Advisers, Technology, 1940 Act, Federal Income Tax, Corporate, Emerging Growth, Start-Ups, Cybersecurity, Finance, Technology, Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds, Real Estate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership Agreements, Limited Liability Company Operating Agreements, Licensing, Patents, Intellectual Property, REITs, REMICs

 

TALKS/SEMINARS

Bob has spoken at countless professional conferences, including the Investment Company Institute, American Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, Cohen & Co., numerous conferences organized by clients, and events sponsored by Practus.

CONNECT WITH ME

At Practus, we handle complex and challenging legal matters. I look forward to talking to you about how we can best meet your goals.

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