Rob Garagiola

Managing Partner

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rgaragiola@compass-law.com

301-801-9678

Rob has nearly 20 years of legal experience on corporate and business matters. He brings creative solutions to addressing clients’ legal issues and works to see the client issue from the client’s perspective.

 

He has represented businesses and individuals in every sector, including accounting firms, developers, engineering companies, insurance brokerage firms, restaurants, physician practices, IT firms, non-profits, trade associations, and retail.

Rob has negotiated and drafted complex partnership agreements, various contracts, commercial leases, and corporate governance documents, including by-laws and resolutions. In addition, he has advised clients on business formation matters such as choosing the most appropriate type of entity for the business, business succession planning, and admission/exit/termination of business partners. Rob has also been involved with mergers and acquisitions of various businesses. He has successfully navigated client business disputes and has drafted settlement agreements memorializing resolutions of such disputes.

Rob is a business owner, real estate investor, and former airborne soldier who served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1995-2003. He is married to Hannah Powers Garagiola, the founder of successful Mid-Atlantic lobbying and public relations firms. He has five children and a Jack Russell Terrier named Oyster. He enjoys boating, running, reading, and cooking.

Practice Areas

 

Boards & Affiliations

  • Maryland State Senator (Senate Majority Leader 2011-2013), 2003-2013

    • Member, Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, which has jurisdiction over corporate and civil law matters (2003-2007)

    • Member, Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over employment/labor issues (2007-2013)

  • Maryland Chamber of Commerce (2019 – Present; Policy Committees: Business Regulation & Operations; Energy & Environment; Taxation)

  • State Law Resources (Board of Directors 2018), 2015-2018

  • Montgomery Hospice Board of Directors, 2007-2011

  • BlackRock Center for the Arts Board of Directors, 2007-2010 

Education

  • George Washington University School of Law, J.D.

  • Rutgers University (Rutgers College), B.A.

Licensed to Practice

  • Maryland

  • District of Columbia