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About Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
Robinson Bradshaw is a presence in the Carolinas—where it has deep roots. The firm specializes in corporate and commercial law, particularly complex corporate transactions and litigation.
Collaboration is Key
Founded in 1960 by Russell M. Robinson and Robert W. Bradshaw, Robinson Bradshaw has now grown to a firm with more than 140 lawyers across three offices in North Carolina and South Carolina. The firm prides itself in its collaborative work style. And unlike many of its peers, it eschews a billable-hours requirement so that lawyers can focus on the work itself rather than the compensation generated from the work.
Robinson Bradshaw has it covered when it comes to practice areas—the firm boasts experience in nearly four dozen practices. And because of its collaborative nature, lawyers often work across these practices to get the job done for clients. Its lawyers have been recognized by the likes of Chambers, Best Lawyers in America®, Benchmark Litigation. And closer to home, its lawyers have been named among Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite.”
The firm’s litigators are a stand-out bunch, handling all sizes of business-related litigation, as well as internal investigations. Its corporate lawyers have written the book on North Carolina corporation law—literally. Russell Robinson penned the treatise Robinson on North Carolina Corporation Law, and the firm’s lawyers continue to maintain and update it.
In addition to corporate and litigation matters, Robinson Bradshaw has developed for itself a niche in sports law. The firm's relationship with sports began in the 1990s, when it developed connections 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 (“SEC”) 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 and has been in the middle of conference realignments. The firm’s sports and entertainment lawyers also provide clients with IP counseling where needed.
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 health care, welfare, poverty, childcare, and higher education. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Davidson College for his service.
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 and the American Bar Association’s first Pro Bono Publico Award. Summer associates are even encouraged to get in on the do-gooding through a joint program with the North Carolina Bar. The firm helped create the Children and Family Services Center in Charlotte, a center that has become a national model for the effective delivery of services to urban poor families and children. Robinson Bradshaw attorneys handled all the legal work for this Center, from incorporation to leasing to loans. The firm received the Outstanding Firm Service Award in 2018 from Council for Children’s Rights.
101 North Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28246
Phone: (704) 377-8115
Managing Partner: Allen K. Robertson
Directors: Stephen M. Cox, W. Scott Dove, Kelly Luongo Loving, Mark W. Merritt, Angelique R. Vincent-Hamacher
Recruiting Committee Co-Chairs: Adam K. Doerr & Amanda Pickens Nitto
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
100 - 150
1st year: $150,000
Summer associate: $2,850/week
Attorney Recruiting Administrator
No. of U.S. Offices: 3
No. of International Offices: 0
Chapel Hill, NC
Rock Hill, SC
Corporate & Transactional
Tax & Wealth Management
Antitrust & Competition
Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
Employment & Labor
Fund Formation & Investment Management
Intellectual Property & Technology
Mass Tort & Product Liability
Mergers & Acquisitions
Nonprofit Organizations & Foundations
Sports & Entertainment
Startups & Venture Capital
*Plus 26 additional practice areas listed on the firm website