Mr. Robinson works in areas where traditional law and litigation intersect with public policy and politics.  Clients have called on him to litigate and try complex commercial and civil rights matters, respond to governmental and congressional investigations, develop legislative strategies, and address media inquiries.  He has the expertise and experience of a litigator as well as those of a government affairs practitioner.

An example of Mr. Robinson’s work at the intersection of law and politics is his work on behalf of Vice President Al Gore during the 2000 election Florida vote-count challenge.  In addition to serving as trial counsel, he served as a media spokesman, making numerous appearances on behalf of the effort.

Mr. Robinson returned to the firm following five years’ service as Associate Director-Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF).  While at LDF, he continued his work at the intersection of law and policy, including helping lead the successful effort to reform California’s Three Strikes law through a ballot initiative and playing important roles in multiple legislative efforts including the inclusion of civil rights protections in the Affordable Care Act and advancing criminal justice reform measures before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees.

Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Directors (former co-chair), Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
  • Trustee of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service (former)
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee of the ABA Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section (former)


  • Associate Director Counsel for Programs and Administration, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Deputy Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice
  • Principal Deputy Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia
  • Minority Chief Counsel, United States Senate Constitution Subcommittee
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Representative Matters

  • BCCI Holdings (SA) v. Khalil
  • Hargraves, et. al. v. Capital City Mortgage Corp
  • Bush v. Gore
  • Represented a major health care provider in an investigation by the District of Columbia Inspector General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit into alleged over-billing for services
  • Represented a national service provider in an investigation by the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s Office and District of Columbia Inspector General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in an investigation regarding claims processing
  • Provided testimony on behalf of major international company and represented the company in congressional negotiations concerning asbestos reform legislation

In the News


  • Yale Law School (J.D. 1983)
  • Lafayette College (A.B., summa cum laude, 1980)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia