Robert Auritt has over 22 years of experience as a business transactions attorney practicing at the intersection of the entertainment, sports, and technology spaces. He has served as in-house counsel to industry-leading companies and worked at law firms, both large and small. Rob has advised a diverse range of clients from creative artists to founding entrepreneurs to multinational corporations.
Prior to re-entering private practice in 2018, Rob spent nearly a decade working in legal roles across the Comcast NBCUniversal family of companies. Most recently he was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel to Comcast Spectacor, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Comcast that owns the Philadelphia Flyers, of the National Hockey League, and the Philadelphia Fusion, an esports team in the Overwatch League. Prior to joining Comcast Spectacor Rob served as the lead digital media lawyer for NBC Sports, and before that, in the same capacity for Comcast’s regional sports networks.
Rob’s focus on the digital space was an early passion. After graduating from law school, he joined the late Lance Rose, the author of Netlaw, the first book on Internet law, as a research assistant to work on the second edition of the book, and as an associate in Mr. Rose’s software-focused law practice. Following his tenure with Lance Rose, Rob worked with Steve Masur (with whom he is thrilled to be reunited) to build a boutique law firm focused on the exploding New York internet start-up scene at the turn of the last century. At MasurLaw Rob represented website designers and developers, content creators, authors, musicians, technologists and some of the earliest movers in the digital music space.
His experience in the formative years of the online music business led to Rob’s work as Senior Counsel to the Harry Fox Agency, Inc., the primary agency representing music publishers in connection with the licensing of mechanical reproduction rights, where he played a key role in the development of HFA’s shift to the digital world.
From 2006 – 2008 Rob served as a senior associate in the intellectual property group at Pepper Hamilton, where, among other things, he advised clients on intellectual property aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Rob is deeply involved in community work. He has held leadership roles at a variety of institutions and currently sits on the International Council of the New Israel Fund.