Founded in 1960 by Russell M. Robinson and Robert W. Bradshaw,
Robinson Bradshaw is one of the most respected and consistently
highly-ranked firms in its region. The firm specializes in
corporate and commercial law, particularly complex corporate
transactions and litigation. Robinson Bradshaw lawyers are regulars
on lists like "Best Lawyers in America," Chambers USA's
"Top Leading Lawyers for Business" and Business North
Carolina magazine's "Legal Elite."
Bill Those Hours Somewhere Else
Robinson Bradshaw is notable for its absence of a billable hours
requirement. No, that's not a mistake. The firm believes that by
refraining from internal examinations of individual billable hours,
its lawyers focus more on the work itself rather than the time
spent on or compensation earned from the work. Perhaps this feature
is what led to the firm being described by the book America's
Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree as having "an
amazing management philosophy, one of a kind," and why the firm
tied for 12th place in The American Lawyer's
2012 national rankings of "The Best Places to Work."
Not Just Business
Robinson Bradshaw's tradition of community service has strong
roots in one of its founding fathers, Russell Robinson. Robinson is
a trustee of the Duke endowment and a leader in Charlotte nonprofit
organizations on issues of healthcare, welfare, poverty, childcare
and higher education. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws
degree from Davidson College for his service. Robert Bradshaw,
meanwhile, was politically active and a major player in North
Carolina Republican party. He also had a habit of writing letters
to the editor of the Charlotte Observer from his dog when
he disagreed with editorials.
The firm's lawyers are consistently recognized for their
commitment to pro bono work, and the firm itself has received
several local accolades, including the North Carolina Bar
Association's Large Firm Pro Bono Award. Summer associates
are even encouraged to get in on the pro bono goods through a joint
program with the North Carolina Bar.
The firm was the first recipient in the country of the American
Bar Association's Pro Bono Publico Award for serving as lead
counsel in Hyatt v. Barnhart, a class action lawsuit
challenging the denial of Social Security benefits to thousands of
North Carolina residents with disabilities.
J.D., ABA, and…ESPN??
Robinson Bradshaw has developed for itself a niche in sports
media law. The firm's relationship with sports began in the 1990s,
when it developed connections and clientele with NASCAR teams and
drivers while securing licensing for one of its clients who had
bought a NASCAR-licensed sportswear line. Soon after, the firm
represented UNC Charlotte and South Florida college teams during
the Conference USA merger. Conference USA's commissioner later
moved to the Southeastern Conference and brought his connection to
the firm along for the ride. As a result, the firm has negotiated
television contracts with CBS, Turner and ESPN for the SEC and the
NCAA, been in the middle of the recent conference realignments, and
is heavily involved in the restructuring of the BCS.
Robinson Bradshaw's affair with sports has continued to grow.
The firm's attorneys have negotiated high-profile deals like Bank
of America's New York Yankees sponsorship, the Southeastern
Conference's $3 billion deal with CBS and ESPN, and the NCAA's $11
billion deal with CBS and Turner Sports. Today, the firm counts
racing celebrities like Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Danica
Patrick among its client roster.