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Phillip L. Robinson

Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

T: 202-289-1800
F: 202-289-1804

  • The George Washington
  • University Law School, J.D.,
  • 1986

  • Cornell University, M.A., 1974

  • Whittier College, B.A., M.A. with
  • honors, 1971
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia

  • Maryland

  • United States Court of Federal
  • Claims

  • United States District Courts:
  • District of Columbia,
  • Maryland

Mr. Robinson has broad experience representing companies and financial institutions in corporate and commercial matters, including corporate formation, mergers, acquisitions, and complex financing and restructuring transactions.  He also advises clients on the legality and structuring of off-shore currency, tax and banking transactions.

Mr. Robinson has represented commercial, savings and investment banks and other financial services companies in regulatory matters before the OCC, OTS, FDIC, Federal Reserve, and state banking agencies.  He has acted as transaction or regulatory counsel in acquisitions of several failed banks and thrifts, and served as an expert witness on money laundering.  He has also served as legislative counsel for commercial and investment banks, before members and committees of both houses of Congress.  

Mr. Robinson has been an Adjunct Professor of International Law at The George Washington University Law School where he taught International Financing and Banking Law.  He has served as counsel to the American Political Science Association, counsel to the Navaho Tribe, counsel to the American University of Kuwait, and counsel ad litem for children in abuse and neglect cases before the D.C. Superior Court.

Representative Experience

  • Served as expert witness in defense of federal prosecution for international money laundering

  • Advised national medical association on corporate, contractual, and insurance matters

  • Represented international university on corporate organization, intellectual property, and employment matters

  • Represented German manufacturer in renegotiating contracts with U.S. supplier for the purchase of solar cell equipment

  • Served as corporate counsel for export consulting company

  • Advised internet sports company in corporate restructuring and raising capital

  • Represented restaurant franchisee in corporate, shareholder, and litigation matters

  • Represented a large specialized lender in connection with federal and state oversight relating to lending practices and its relationships with insured financial institutions

  • Represented community bank in regulatory enforcement proceedings relating to loan-to-one-borrower limits and other lending regulations

  • Represented upscale restaurant in corporate, intellectual property, and employment matters

  • Advised client in real estate transactions

  • Represented pedestrian in personal injury action against motorist

  • Represented servicemen in predatory lending class action

  • for violation of Truth in Lending Act and other laws: Robinson, et al. v. Loans 4 Military, et al. (D.D.C. 2004)  

  • Represented bank in Winstar-related breach-of-contract suit

Prior Related Experience

  • Represented the British Liquidators of BCCI in proceedings to recover portion of $4 billion insolvency from  British unit of Price Waterhouse:  Liquidators, Bank of Commerce and Credit Int’l v. Price Waterhouse, et al. (Queens Bench 1999)

  • Represented banker in D&O insurance coverage litigation related to civil penalty proceedings by FDIC and Comptroller of the Currency:  Bluebonnet Savings Bank v. FDIC (E.D. Tex. 1998)  

  • Defended bank in publicized litigation concerning obligation to reimburse officers and directors for legal fees incurred by plaintiffs in prosecution related to the failure of BCCI: Clifford and Altman v. First American Bankshares Corp. (D.D.C. 1997)

  • Represented department store in action against auditors to recover $800 million in bankruptcy losses, obtaining pretrial settlement:  Ames Dept. Stores, Inc. v. Deloitte & Touche (Bankr., S.D.N.Y. 1994)

  • Represented director in D&O insurance coverage litigation related  to alleged acts and omissions prior to bank's failure: National Bank of Washington v. Boggs (D.D.C. 1993)

  • Represented defrauded shareholders of Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI) in liquidation proceedings in Luxembourg, Paris and London, and related actions

  • Represented former chief financial officer of nationwide hospital chain in connection with an SEC investigation concerning accounting practices

  • Represented investment bank in successful effort to enact modernization legislation

  • Represented foreign bank before Federal Reserve on permissible activities of bank holding companies operating in the U.S.

  • Represented several Federal Land Banks in successfully challenging regulatory assessments in litigation:  Federal Land Bank v. Farm Credit Admin., 676 F. Supp. 1239 (D. Mass. 1987), and in lobbying before Congress