Robert R. (Rob) Stephenson

Division Counsel, IP and Technology
Office of Legal Affairs

Office Address
3322 West End Ave., Suite 1100
(615) 875-7554

Assistant: Brenda Capers

Practice Areas: Commercial Agreements · Contracting (Procurement) · Copyrights · Information Technology · Intellectual Property · Patents · Trademarks

Rob Stephenson joined the Office of Legal Affairs in 2017 as Division Counsel, where his responsibilities include matters related to commercial agreements, information technology and intellectual property. Prior to Vanderbilt, he served as a Consulting Attorney with engagements that included serving as corporate counsel at a global logistics company negotiating, drafting and standardizing complex vendor contracts, and assisting VUMC with its software licensing and technology agreements related to a system-wide IT conversion. Prior to that, Rob served as in-house counsel at large national retailer in various roles. His work there started with commercial agreements and intellectual property, and expanded to include various topics, including financing matters, litigation management, social accountability and compliance in areas such as food and product safety, customs and international trade, advertising, antitrust and environmental regulations. Prior to serving as in-house counsel, Rob was an Associate with Morgan Lewis, where he was a member of the firm’s Technology, Commercial and Outsourcing Transactions practice group.  His practice there focused on representation of technology companies in a variety of industries relating to commercial agreements, mergers, acquisitions, financing transactions, intellectual property and general corporate matters. Prior to Morgan Lewis, Rob served as Law Clerk to Chief Judge Rambo of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. 

Rob is a licensed attorney in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations and the American Health Lawyers Association. He graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering before earning his Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude from The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.