Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. at a Glance


  • “The culture, the culture, the culture”
  • “No billable hours requirement”
  • “Responsibility and opportunity as soon as you show you are ready”


  • “Occasional long hours”
  • “Few real employment policies or formal training”
  • “No bonuses”

About Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.

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. 

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Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.

101 North Tryon St
Suite 1900
Charlotte, NC 28246
Phone: (704) 377-8141


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Allen K. Robertson
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 127

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $130,000

  • Summer Associate Offers
    7 out of 8 (2011)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust and Trade Regulation
    Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
    Community Banking
    Corporate and Commercial
    Corporate Transactions
    Employee Benefits
    Employment and Labor
    Finance and Capital Markets
    Fund Formation and Investment Management
    Genomics and Personalized Medicine
    Governmental and Tax-Exempt Finance
    Health Care
    Insurance Coverage
    Intellectual Property and Technology
    Life Sciences and Biotechnology
    Nonprofit Organizations and Foundations
    Real Estate Development and Finance
    Sports and Entertainment
    Startup and Emerging Growth Companies

Major Office Locations

  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Rock Hill, SC