Virgil Roberts

Virgil Roberts is the managing partner and founder of law firm Bobbitt & Roberts, which specializes in representing professionals from the entertainment industry. Roberts is known for his extensive work in the entertainment industry, with a heavy focus in music and television. He is the former president of esteemed Black-owned record company Solar Records. Roberts’ law work includes being a civil rights attorney with Manning & Roberts, in which he represented NAACP in the 1982 Los Angeles school desegregation case Crawford v. Board of Education. In fact, Roberts is also a huge advocate for public education, and he has served as chairman of the Los Angeles Education Partnership, chairman of the Board of the California Community Foundation, treasurer of the Los Angeles Private Industry Council, and vice chairman of the Public Education Fund Network. He also served as board chair of the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project, in which he directed more than $120 million in funding for education reform.

Currently, Roberts serves on several boards, including Community Build, Claremont Graduate School, Families in Schools, the Alliance of Artists and Record Companies, Southern California Public Radio, Broadway Federal Bank, Great Public Schools Now and the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools. Recently, the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles awarded Roberts with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Roberts received his juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School.