The Masters Conference announces with great sorrow that Founder and CEO, Robert Childress III, passed away on Monday night, April 12, 2021. He bravely finished his 6-year fight with brain cancer, after overcoming skin cancer.
Robert founded the Masters Conference, a leading educational conference, over 16 years ago and it has long been a place for education, learning and networking. He built a community within the legal tech industry, and has touched almost every legal tech professional out there.
Vince Perez, who will continue the Masters format, commented that "Robert was a brilliant, warm and fun loving professional. He truly was unique and truly will be missed." The Masters Conference will continue in his honor with more information to come.
Robert was born October 12, 1972 in Joliet, Illinois, and attended University of Colorado. He was the winner of the Florida Small Businessman of the Year award in 2005. Robert was a pioneer in the legal technology industry, first as the co-founder of Wave Software, where he won the 2008 Socha-Gelbmann Top Provider award, later achieved LTN “Presidents Corner” and won the “IT Florida” award in 2009, plus multiple LTN Awards over the years. He was the President and Founder of CXA, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Lawyer Charity Challenge and Founder of the Lawyer Invitational. Robert served on many advisory boards, including ACEDS, LTPI and as an advisor for Legal Tech.
Robert was a fan of soccer, paintball, and snorkeling in the Florida Keys. He was also a loving father who enjoyed coaching soccer and planning extravagant Halloween festivities. An avid sci-fi fan, who loved watching Dr. Who, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. Robert is survived by 3 children and will be dearly missed.
Robert has requested that donations be made to Children’s Cancer Research Fund and Children’s Burn Foundation. Memorial service details will be provided at a later date.
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