Rob represents developers, retailers, financial institutions and others in retail and office development projects, shopping center anchor tenant leasing, purchases and sales of commercial properties and financing transactions.

Rob is also the former Managing Partner of Willcox Savage (2001-2021).

In addition, Rob concluded (as of the end of 2014) serving for six years as the Chairman of the Old Dominion University Real Estate Foundation, which has been responsible for the development of the area east of Hampton Boulevard in Norfolk, including the University Village mixed use project.

Practice Areas
    • Professional Recognition

      • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
      • Norfolk Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law
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      • American Bar Association
    • Leadership

      • Old Dominion University Real Estate Foundation:
        Board of Trustees (served since 1998)
        Chairman 2009-2014
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      • J.D., University of North Carolina, 1982
      • B.S., University of Delaware, 1975

  • Represented Developer in long term fully net lease transaction with Publix Supermarkets pursuant to which Publix leased the entire shopping center exclusive of outparcels and redeveloped the site.
  • Negotiated long term ground lease with Wegmans Food Markets for 130,000 square foot store in the Virginia Beach Town Center. 
  • Represented The Kroger Co. in relocation of one of its Charlottesville, Virginia stores to an existing shopping center and negotiation of ground lease for 93,000 square foot store, with premises owned by two different partnerships.
  • Lead counsel in leasing of office and retail space in the Wells Fargo Center, a mixed use development that opened in 2010 in downtown Norfolk. Project includes 250,000 square feet of space in 22 story office tower, 35,000 square feet of retail space, 125 multi-family units and two integrated municipal parking garages. Negotiated leases with anchor tenants, including UBS Wells Fargo Bank, KPMG, Buffalo Wild Wings and Applebees.
  • Represented shopping center owner in termination of KMart lease and negotiation of subsequent long term ground lease of 11 acre site for a 130,000 sq.ft. Sam's warehouse club.
  • Represented developer in connection with KMart's store downsizing and sublease to Kroger, including agreements for developer to directly lease to Kroger when KMart lease expires.
  • Structured public-private partnership between Old Dominion University Real Estate Foundation and Residential Housing Development under a 75 year ground lease for a $52,000,000 private student housing development with 900 beds. Transition from outright purchase to ground lease structure facilitated developer's procurement of bond financing.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in its acquisition of headquarters building in a like-kind exchange transaction that had a closing deadline of two weeks. Transaction included negotiation of a long-term lease with Bank of America concluded within the same timeframe.
  • Structured and negotiated a long-term subordinated ground lease for a 245 acre site for development as a Fazio signature golf course on behalf of family partnership.
  • Serve as principal leasing counsel for developers and owners of regional and community shopping centers, including negotiation of anchor tenant leases with Sam's Club, Target, Home Depot, Barnes & Noble, Kroger, Harris Teeter, TJ Maxx, Office Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond and Ross.
  • Negotiated sale of 70 acre farm to the City of Virginia Beach on behalf of local family under City's open space program, including structuring favorable installment payment terms to facilitate family's tax and personal planning.
  • Represented elderly owner of 75 acres of prime commercial property fronting on U.S. Route 13 in its redevelopment and disposition. This included negotiations of long-term ground leases with Target and developers and personal planning for the disposition of owner's real estate portfolio to six charitable organizations. Property value of gifts to charities now exceeds $60,000,000.

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