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Robert Lavet
General Counsel
10701 Parkridge Blvd., Suit 120
Reston, VA 20191
(703) 972-2039

Rob Lavet is responsible for managing all legal affairs, compliance and government relations for SoFi and its affiliate entities. He also has management responsibility for SoFi’s Internal Audit group. SoFi is a leading online lender based in San Francisco and was named one of the ten top startup companies by CNBC in 2012. SoFi currently originates more than $1 billion per month in consumer credit and has originated more than $25 billion in loans since commencing operations in late 2012, including student loan refinance loans to early career professionals, mortgage loans and unsecured personal loans. He has been instrumental in SoFi’s asset backed securitization program and has also led numerous transactions involving the sale of loan portfolios to depository institutions. At SoFi, he has built a compliance team from the ground up and was instrumental in establishing a business development function that accounts for approximately 20 percent of loan originations.

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 served on Sallie Mae’s Credit Committee and Operations Committee and was a board member in 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 in 2001. He was named a top Washington D.C. lawyer in 2007 and received the Career Achievement Award from WMACCA in 2007. He was also named as one of the Washington area’s leading Corporate Counsel in 2015 by Trending 40.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington DC and also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of New Hope Housing, a non-profit that operates homeless shelters in Fairfax County. He is also a member of the Conference of State Banking Supervisors Fintech Advisory Panel and in addition is a member of the board of directors of the National Council of Higher Education Loan Resources.

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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