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Robert W. McDonald

ROBERT W. MCDONALD is a partner in Taft's Business & Finance group. He focuses his practice on corporate, securities, venture capital and sports law work. Rob assists both private and public company clients with a variety of corporate and securities related matters, including mergers and acquisitions and offerings of securities. He also assists start-up and emerging companies with business formation, fundraising, compensation, securities, commercialization, and other matters that entrepreneurial businesses encounter.

Rob is a co-founder of The Brandery, a top business accelerator. In addition to his work with The Brandery, Rob co-manages Vine Street Ventures, a venture capital firm dedicated to investing in web and mobile technology companies.

Civically, Rob serves on the Executive Committee of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the board of advisors of the Dan Beard Council (Boy Scouts of America), and the board of directors for the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cincinnati. With The Brandery team, Rob was the winner of the 2012 Association for Corporate Growth Dealmaker Award and the 2013 Cincinnati Business Courier Innovation Award. He was also named to the Cincinnati Business Courier's list of Forty Under 40 for 2012, in The Best Lawyers in America® under Mergers & Acquisitions law, Securities/Capital Markets law and Venture Capital law and selected as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star for Mergers & Acquisitions.  He has also been awarded the Gentlemen of Style & Substance award by the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, the Whitney M. Young Service Award and the Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America. He is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and venture capital.

Rob received his bachelor's degree from Duke University and MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He earned his Juris Doctorate at Washington University School of Law, and during his last term of law school, he clerked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Rob grew up in the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Japan and Belgium.