Robert Nederhood



Rob Nederhood is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he advises public and private companies and their shareholders, as well as private equity firms, in connection with mergers and acquisitions (M&A), asset purchases, joint ventures, corporate governance, and state government regulatory matters.  He is experienced in general corporate matters, including incorporation, organization, operating agreements and shareholders’ agreements. He is a member of the firm’s Transactions Practice Group and Government Solutions Practice Group, and its Automotive, Manufacturing and Cannabis Industry Teams.

Rob’s clients benefit from his extensive experience and relationships in Michigan government.  He is a registered lobbyist who was formerly a deputy director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, where he where he helped launch, develop and manage the governor’s regulatory reform initiative, the Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR). He also had responsibility for administering the rulemaking process for all of state government.

Representative Experience

Mergers & Acquisitions

While Rob has deep experience representing manufacturing, automotive and defense clients, he has represented clients on significant transactions in the energy services, technology and software services, and food and beverage industries. Rob has represented clients on transactions with an aggregate value well in excess of $3 billion. Representative transactions include:

  • Represented Tech Data in its acquisition of DLT Solutions, a premier software and cloud solutions aggregator focused on the U.S. public sector.
  • Represented large utility construction and infrastructure service enterprise in multiple acquisitions of natural gas and electrical transmission and distribution construction firms.
  • Represented leading global supplier of support software and services to the energy transportation industry in sale to publicly traded company.
  • Represented U.S. based private equity firm in connection with acquisition of hydro-excavation platform company and follow-on growth acquisitions.
  • Represented leading tier one automotive supplier in acquisition of all of the assets of a plastic injection molding company.
  • Represented troubled tier one automotive supplier in conversion of debt to equity and eventual sale of its equity to a European competitor.
  • Advised Cummins Inc. in connection with its automated manual transmission joint venture with Eaton Corporation.
  • Represented non-profit Detroit Police Athletic League in its redevelopment of Tiger Stadium site into The Corner Ballpark facility.
  • Led creation and unwinding of a strategic Mexican joint venture for two tier one automotive suppliers.
  • During the height of COVID-19 pandemic, represented a clothing manufacturer in the creation of a joint venture to facilitate the production of medical gowns and other PPE.

Cannabis Experience 

  • Represented 3Fifteen on combination with Skymint Brands.
  • Represented licensee in sale of multiple licensed retail locations to publicly-traded multi-state operator (MSO) in transaction valued at $42 million.
  • Represented licensee in sale of multiple licensed retail locations and real estate to publicly-traded multi-state operator (MSO).
  • Represents vertically integrated Michigan cannabis company on regulatory, licensing, corporate and transactional matters.
  • Represents leading Michigan cultivator and processor on mergers and acquisitions, general corporate, and commercial matters.
  • Represents multiple multi-state operators (MSOs) on Michigan licensing and regulatory matters.
  • Represents national cannabis delivery platform on Michigan regulatory and government affairs matters.


Rob is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law. He received his bachelor’s degree from Calvin College.

Community Involvement

Rob’s community involvement includes serving as Chair of the State of Michigan Environmental Rules Review Committee, to which he was appointed by the Governor.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

His professional affiliations include memberships in the Association for Corporate Growth, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, and State Bar of Michigan.

Rob is a graduate of Leadership Detroit, Class XLI, and is a Michigan Political Leadership Program Fellow, Class of 2014


Rob is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan.