2017 Speakers

Rob Lavet

General Counsel, Social Finance (SoFi)

                                                                                         
General Counsel, Social Finance (SoFi)
Rob Lavet is responsible for managing all legal affairs, compliance and government relations for SoFi and its affiliate entities.  SoFi is a leading marketplace lender based in San Francisco and was named one of the ten top startup companies by CNBC in 2012.  SoFi has originated more than $10 billion in loans, including approximately $8 billion in student loan refinance loans to early career professionals.  SoFi also began originating mortgage loans and unsecured personal loans in 2015.   Prior to joining SoFi, he served as a Principal in the Education and Litigation practice groups of the Washington, DC law firm of Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville (PPSV) where he represented financial institutions and post-secondary institutions on a wide variety of regulatory, litigation and transactional matters.  Prior to PPSV, Rob served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Sallie Mae, a Fortune 300 company and the largest provider of education finance.  At Sallie Mae Rob was responsible for all legal affairs of Sallie Mae and its subsidiaries as well as Corporate Compliance and Loan Servicing Policy.   He also served on Sallie Mae’s Operations Committee and Credit Committee and was a board member of a joint venture between Sallie Mae and JPMorgan Chase.  Before his 16 year career with Sallie Mae, Rob served as a Partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Cole Corette & Abrutyn specializing in corporate and securities litigation, and before that as a Trial Attorney for the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice where he received a Special Achievement Award as well as a Commendation from the Office of the Judge Advocate General. He served as member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel from 2002 through 2007, and was President of the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) in 2001.  He was named a top Washington D.C. lawyer in 2007 and received the Career Achievement Award from WMACCA in 2007.

Rob graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in economics and obtained his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.
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