Virgil Roberts joined Solar Records as Executive Vice President and General Counsel in 1981, became President of Dick Griffey Productions (DGP) in 1982, and President of Solar Records in 1990. One of the most successful African American-owned record companies in the 80s and 90s, Solar had an impressive roster of gold and platinum-selling artists including Babyface, The Whispers, The Calloways, Shalamar, Midnight Star, The Deele, Lakeside, Dynasty, Klymaxx, Absolute, Jody Watley, Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel, Vanity, and Richie Havens.
In 1996, Roberts left Solar/DGP to form the law firm of Bobbitt & Roberts which specializes in representing entertainment industry clients, concentrating on television, film, music, theater licensing, and merchandising. Mr. Roberts has represented clients such as Usher, Kanye West, Chaka Khan, Blackground Records, Slip ‘n’ Slide Records, the Ruff Ryders, the J. Walter Thompson Agency, and MTV.
Throughout his professional career, Roberts has been actively involved with the community and the legal profession. Currently, Roberts is Chairman of the Board of publicly traded Broadway Federal Bank and Trustee or Board of Directors member of The James Irvine Foundation, Families In Schools, Southern California Public Radio, the Fedco Foundation, Community Build, and the Alliance for College Ready Public Schools. He is also Vice Chairman of Usher’s New Look Foundation, and Chairman of African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI).
Virgil Roberts attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 1972 with a J.D. Roberts specialized in civil litigation, civil rights and civil liberties matters. He attended UCLA graduating with a B.A. in 1968.