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Robert Deutsch

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Robert J. Deutsch P.A.

 
I was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1947. I attended University of Michigan and graduated with a B.A. in Economics in 1969. From Ann Arbor, I moved to the Boston area, graduating from Harvard Law School in 1972 with a Juris Doctor degree.

In 1973, my wife Carol and I moved to western North Carolina, where I have been engaged in the general practice of law ever since. Over the years, I have handled a great variety of cases, from capital murder trials to complex commercial, real estate, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and product liability litigation. For the last decade, I have concentrated on business and real estate management issues, including transactions, negotiations, and litigation. I still represent personal injury clients in selected cases.

In addition to practicing law, I have experience owning and operating businesses, including a computer software company, a real estate management firm, and a large shopping mall. I have also served on the board of directors of an internet marketing firm, and an e-book licensing firm.

Perhaps most important, I am a strong advocate and supporter of the Asheville and regional communities. I have developed relationships with key people in government, education, business, and the non-profit sectors. Over the years, I have seen Asheville develop into a center for the arts, outdoor adventure, music, health care, and a prime destination for tourists. I have greatly enjoyed contributing to this growth, and am known as a booster of our city and region.

To protect the beauty of our region, I conceived of and have chaired the Mountain Green Conference on sustainable development in the mountains.

As past president of the Buncombe County Bar, I am proud that our legal community is one of the strongest in North Carolina, while maintaining a collegial atmosphere. I was honored to receive the 28th Judicial District Centennial Award for community service in 2005. I am a Board member of the Greensboro Jewish Foundation and a member of the Advisory Council of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

One particular interest of mine is the country of Israel, which I have visited 15 times. I currently serve on the boards of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and the advisory board of Tel Aviv University School of Management.

Recently, I have become certified as a mediator, after having participated as an advocate for clients in many mediation proceedings. I look forward to this new aspect of my practice.

I feel that all of the experiences listed above give me a unique perspective in handling legal matters, whether transactions, negotiations, or litigation. The legal system does not stand alone, but rather is integrally connected to the many other communities in society. In my opinion, my ability to see the “bigger picture” when analyzing a legal problem gives my clients an advantage. I look forward to discussing your legal issue, and hope that I can provide services which are of great benefit to you.
Jonathan Medved
Entrepreneur & Investor
 
Jonathan Medved is a serial entrepreneur and according to the Washington Post (Dec 5, 2007) “one of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists”. In the September, 2008 NY Times Supplement “Israel at 60” Medved was named one of the top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel.

Medved has been both an entrepreneur and investor: He has been part of the founding teams at several successful Israeli startups, and as a venture and angel investor over the past two decades he invested in almost 100 Israeli startup companies, helping to bring 11 of them to values in excess of $100Million. Medved has currently 14 startup companies in his personal angel investor portfolio.

Between 2006-2012, Medved was the co-founder and CEO of Vringo, a leading provider of software platforms for mobile social and video applications. Vringo successfully completed its IPO (Initial Public Offering) on the NYSE:AMEX in June, 2010 and trades under the symbol VRNG. Vringo was heralded by The New York Times as "the next big thing in ringtones" and USA Today said Vringo’s application has "to be seen to be believed." Vringo recently announced an agreement to merge with Innovate/Protect an intellectual property and technology firm.

Before founding Vringo, Medved was the founder and General Partner of Israel Seed Partners, one of Israel's leading venture capital funds. Started by Medved in 1995 in his garage; he co-managed the fund until January 2006. Israel Seed had $262M under management in four funds and has been an investor in 60 leading Israeli companies. Exits include: Shopping.com (acquired by Ebay), Compugen (Nasdaq: CGEN), Answers.com (Nasdaq: ANSW, acquired by Summit), Cyota (acquired by RSA/CA), Mobile Access (acquired by Corning), Tradeum (acquired by VerticalNet), Native Networks (acquired by Alcatel), Xacct (acquired by Amdocs), Business Layers (acquired by CA), and Digital Fuel (acquired by VMWare).

Prior to Israel Seed, Medved built several successful technology startups. Medved was a founder and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales at MERET Optical Communications, Inc. (Santa Monica, CA) between 1982-1991. MERET was an early pioneer in fiber optic communication systems for video transmission which was acquired by the Amoco Corporation (NYSE:BP) in 1990. Medved then came to Israel where he was part of the founding management team at Accent Software (Nasdaq:ACNTF) where he served as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales between 1992-1994.

Medved serves on the Boards of various non-profits including Ma’aleh Film School, The Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center, Artists and Musicians for Israel, Bnai David Eli, chairs the Aish HaTorah Boneh Yerushalayim Dinner and serves on the Board of Governors of the Jerusalem College of Technology.

Medved speaks regularly to groups both in Israel and abroad, and has briefed scores of journalists, business leaders and public officials on Israel's tech miracle. George Gilder in his book The Israel Test describes Medved as a “engaging, visionary, pioneering venture capitalist” and traces the origins of his book to meetings he held in Medved's Jerusalem office . Saul Singer and Dan Senor, in their best- selling book, Start-up Nation describe Medved as “one of Israel’s legendary business ambassadors….(he) has taken on a role that -- in any other country -- would typically belong to the local Chamber of Commerce, Minister of Trade, or Foreign Secretary”.

Medved is a frequent guest on US talk radio including regular Israel commentary on his brother’s show, The Michael Medved Show and his writing has appeared in USA Today, The Jerusalem Post, Townhall.com, and Aish.com.

Jon lives in Jerusalem with his wife Jane and his four children and three grandchildren, where he collects rare single malts and loud Hawaiian shirts.