Robert F. Vargo
Robert Vargo has over 35 years experience representing businesses and individuals in an extensive variety of corporate, commercial, technology and real estate law matters. During that time, he has enjoyed long standing relationships with many clients nationwide.
- Represented of an apartment project developer in the acquisition of various sites for the construction of multi-family apartment projects in several states.
- Representation of developers in acquisitions of tracts for single and mixed-use developments.
- Formation of commercial property owners associations and residential condominium associations.
- Represented the purchaser or seller in connection with the sale and purchase of commercial real estate in more than two hundred (200) such transactions.
- Represented the tenant or the landlord in connection with the negotiation of commercial leases.
- Represented developers of high-end hotels and residential condominiums, including the Ritz-Carlton in Aspen and the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach.
- Represented lenders in a wide variety of lending transactions aggregating in excess of $500 million.
- Represented buyers and sellers of various businesses and commercial real estate projects with aggregate consideration in excess of $350 million.
- Represented various companies at formation, including negotiation of formation agreements, partnership agreements and/or shareholders and members agreements.
- Represented a telecommunications equipment manufacturer in connection with a wide variety of matters from it founding through its sale to a publicly traded corporation, including employment matters; stock option agreements; intellectual property matters; strategic alliance agreements; and general corporate matters.
- Represented technology companies in connection with development and license arrangements.
- Represented founders, investors and employees in connection with shareholder agreements, stock option agreements, private placement of securities, employment agreements, intellectual property assignments and similar matters.
- Represented company issuers in more than five (5) private equity issuances of stock with aggregate proceeds in excess of $5 million.
- Successfully presented a novel argument on behalf of an institutional lender for an equitable versus literal interpretation of the Bankruptcy Code, preventing the avoidance of an insider guaranty. See, In re Aerco Metals, Inc., 60 B.R. 77 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 1986).
- Admitted to bar, 1975, Alabama; Texas, 1984
- Board Certified, Commercial Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1986 - 2001.
- Court Admissions:
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
University of South Florida (B.A., Economics, 1970); St. Mary’s University School of Law (J.D., 1975); University of Miami School of Law, Graduate Law Program in Real Estate Development and Finance (1983-1984).
Publications and Presentations
- Author/Speaker, Condominiums and Cluster Developments – Anti-trust and Securities Issues, Condominiums and Cluster Developments Course, University of Miami School of Law,June 13-14, 1983.
- Author, Federal Securities Coverage of Real Estate Transactions: The Existence of a Security, Cumberland Law Review, Volume 14, Pages 301-327, (1984).
- Author, Equity Participation By The Institutional Lender – The Security Status Issue, South Texas Law Journal, Volume 26, Pages 225-241 (1985).
- Author/Speaker, Condominiums and Cluster Developments – A Primer, presented to the San Antonio Apartment Association (1987).
- Co-Author/Speaker, From CONTRACT to CLOSING: Documents Used In a Real Estate Transaction, (Video Presentation), State Bar of Texas, Professional Development Program (1989).
- Mentor, Business Technology Development Center (BizTech), Huntsville, Alabama.
- Founder and President, Cold Cathode Component Manufacturers Association (C3MA)