Mr. Robinson works in areas where traditional law and litigation intersect with public policy and politics. Clients have called on him to litigate 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 where he served as both trial counsel and a media surrogate.
Among other matters, Mr. Robinson played a leading role, with his partner Eric Lewis, in obtaining a $1 billion judgment on behalf of the liquidators of a failed United Kingdom based bank in a RICO action against a bank front man. (BCCI Holdings (Luxembourg), S.A. v. Abdul Raouf Hasan Khalil) 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 counsels lawyers and law firms, as well as other professionals and their firms, on sensitive governance, professional employment and ethical issues. He played a major role in the firm’s successful state and federal legislative effort on asbestos litigation reform and has represented numerous individuals in responding to inquiries from congressional investigating committees.
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.
His public service and pro bono work at the firm includes representing the charities Reprieve and Reprieve US in their death penalty and international human rights work, and having served 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. Mr. Robinson also is active with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, including participation in litigation to protect funding for public schools.
- 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
Publications & Events
Later this year, when the three officers who stood by as Chauvin murdered Floyd go on trial for their own actions. What happens then will be just as important.The Independent, April 21, 2021
In the News
A lawsuit that sought information about the drugs Indiana plans to use in lethal injections
and that motivated the Legislature to use a late-night session to keep the veil of secrecy
intact has come to a close, with the state paying more than $800,000 in legal fees and
disclosing that its supply of lethal injection drugs has long been expired.The Indiana Lawyer, August 4, 2021
“When I made this public records request in 2014, I never imagined that the state would spend the next seven years fighting to prevent these records from being released to the public,” Toomey wrote in an email. “Transparency is a key principle of good governance and the rule of law. The state should not be operating in secret and refusing to disclose vital information to the public.”The Indiana Lawyer, March 17, 2021
The Indiana Supreme Court has ordered the Department of Correction to pay more than $500,000 in legal fees in a fight over one of the state's deepest, darkest secrets.
It all comes back to the convoluted legal fight that started in 2014 with a public records request from A. Katherine Toomey, a Washington, D.C., attorney who represents groups opposing the death penalty.Indianapolis Star, March 2, 2021
Justices divided 2-2 in a case brought by a Washington, D.C., attorney against the Indiana Department of Correction over Indiana’s “secrecy statute” that prohibits disclosure of the state’s lethal injection drugs and who supplies them.
With Justice Geoffrey Slaughter not participating, the remaining justices split in an order issued Thursday. By rule, the lack of a majority affirms the rulings of Marion Circuit Judge Sheryl Lynch, ordering DOC to disclose the records, awarding $538,000 in attorney fees to Washington attorney Katherine Toomey and granting other relief.The Indiana Lawyer, February 26, 2021
Even before all the votes are in, the Trump campaign is contesting them in several states. Some may wonder if this is Bush v. Gore all over again. But it’s a much different scenario. That race hinged on a few hundred votes in a few counties in just Florida.
Jeffrey Robinson was on the Gore legal team back then. He talks to KCRW about how the current challenges might proceed.KCRW: Press Play with Madeleine Brand, November 5, 2020
- AP, June 11, 2020
- Courthouse News Service, June 1, 2020
- Mohamed Soltan, U.S. citizen held as political prisoner, files torture lawsuit against Egypt’s ex-prime ministerThe Washington Post, June 1, 2020
- DC Circuit Orders Dismissal of DC Charter School Association’s Case That Challenged the DC Council’s Legislative Authority, Sought to Undermine Funding for DCPS & Alleged Underfunding for DC Charter SchoolsWashington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban AffairsJuly 24, 2019
- Bloomberg Law, July 19, 2019
- The New York Times, June 27, 2018
- Courthouse News Service, June 27, 2018
- The Washington Post, June 27, 2018
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 27, 2018
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
- January 20, 2016
- November 4, 2013
- Yale Law School (J.D. 1983)
- Lafayette College (A.B., summa cum laude, 1980)
- District of Columbia