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.
At the firm, Mr. Robinson played a leading role, with his partner Eric Lewis, in obtaining a $1 billion judgment on behalf of the liquidators of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) in a RICO action against a BCCI front man. He has been active in litigation and other matters involving the District of Columbia government, achieving a favorable settlement for a national health care services provider in the then largest health care fraud investigation conducted by the District of Columbia Inspector General and representing senior District of Columbia officials in various investigations. An experienced civil rights litigator, Mr. Robinson was lead counsel in the case establishing that racially targeted predatory lending is a violation of the Fair Housing Act.
In non-litigation matters, Mr. Robinson played a major role in the firm’s successful state and federal legislative effort on asbestos litigation reform and is active in legislative and policy matters nationally and in the District of Columbia. He counsels lawyers and law firms, as well as other professionals and their firms, on sensitive governance, professional employment and ethical issues. He has also represented numerous individuals in responding to inquiries from congressional investigating committees.
Following his return to the firm, Mr. Robinson has remained active in public service and pro bono matters. Among other work, he serves as a consultant to the Conviction Integrity Unit of the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s Office – the unit charged with reviewing innocence claims brought by previously convicted individuals. He represents the charities Reprieve and Reprieve US in their death penalty work. And he also is active with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, including participation in litigation to protect funding for public schools.
- 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
- 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
The men’s lawyer, Jeffrey D. Robinson, said that they should be given the right to contest their inclusion on any list that could get them killed. “Before the state applies its power in force to lead to my death, give me an opportunity to show that you got the wrong person,” said Mr. Robinson.The New York Times, March 31, 2017
Jeff Robinson comments to Politico on new litigation filed by Lewis Baach on behalf of two journalists against the Trump administration. The new suit contends that plaintiffs Zaidan and Kareem have been mistakenly included on the U.S. “kill list.” And must have a mechanism to challenge their status. "This is a very deliberate process that needs to give some access to people who deny they should be included," Robinson said.Politico - Under the Radar, March 30, 2017
“This is a really important action for this court,” Ali Jaber’s attorney Jeffrey Robinson said to the D.C. Circuit’s three-judge panel Tuesday morning.
Robinson called on the court to decide whether it will be held hostage to the political-question doctrine that prevents courts from interfering in executive policymaking – one of the primary reasons cited by U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle for dismissing the lawsuit back in March.December 13, 2016
For the first time ever, the victim of an apparent U.S. drone strike got a hearing in a U.S. court.December 13, 2016
The justices directly confronted the issue of race in their questions, said Jeffrey Robinson, an attorney with Lewis Baach PLLC in Washington. Robinson extensively worked on civil rights and death penalty cases and formerly worked at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, though not in connection with Buck.Bloomberg BNA, October 12, 2016
Mr. Robinson's is quoted sharing his impression to the June 23 Supreme Court decision regarding affirmative action.June 24, 2016
Mr. Robinson is quoted in the article sharing his perspective on Justice Kennedy's decision.Forbes, June 23, 2016
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