2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The endless opportunities to work on sophisticated matters.”
“Clear path to partnership.”
“Sometimes when assignments rain, they pour.”
“Sometimes client demands are overwhelming.”
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. 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 from Council for Children’s Rights. Many of the firm’s attorneys have been inducted into the North Carolina and South Carolina Pro Bono Honor Societies.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly evolving, and Robinson Bradshaw is continuing to serve clients while doing our part to keep our employees and communities safe. Our recruiting efforts during this time are focused on hiring outstanding candidates with the hope and expectation that each will become a partner of the firm. We will visit the same number of schools and job fairs that we typically visit on an annual basis. We also accept applications from students that attend law schools that are not on the list of schools we visit. All interviews will be virtual to maintain the safety of the candidates and our lawyers. We held a nine-week virtual summer program during the pandemic that provided a meaningful experience to our summer associates. Our firm did not cut salaries, cut bonuses, or furlough any employees during the pandemic. Everyone, including summer associates, remained employed at the same salary levels as before the pandemic.
News & Awards
Robinson Bradshaw represented the State of North Carolina in its sale of $700 million tax-exempt, limited obligation bonds. The bond issue is the second tranche of the up to $3 billion Build NC statewide transportation financing program. The sale was covered in a recent Bond Buyer article, “North Carolina Preps Its Third Infrastructure Deal This Month.”
A judge recently ordered the North Carolina Department of Revenue to extend the deadline for low-income families to apply for the $335 Extra Credit Grants coronavirus relief aid. The order came as a result of a pro bono suit filed by Robinson Bradshaw on behalf of Legal Aid of North Carolina, the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, and several low-income state residents. Robinson Bradshaw is now working with Legal Aid and the Advocacy Center on a statewide outreach campaign.
Robinson Bradshaw advised Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs Bank USA as joint book runners and joint lead arrangers in connection with a $10.65 billion bridge financing for the acquisition by Intercontinental Exchange Inc. of all of the equity interests of Ellie Mae Intermediate Holdings I, Inc. In addition, Robinson Bradshaw advised Wells Fargo Securities, LLC as the lead book runner and lead joint arranger of $3.75 billion in revolving credit facilities, and a $750 million delayed draw term loan facility for Intercontinental Exchange Inc. in support of the acquisition.
Forbes released its inaugural list of top U.S. corporate law firms, along with an accompanying article that touts Robinson Bradshaw as an exemplary firm.
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 2021:
150 - 250
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $160,000
Summer Associate: $3,075/week
Attorney Recruiting Administrator
General Recruiting Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
No. of U.S. Offices: 4
No. of International Offices: 0
Chapel Hill, NC
Charlotte, NC (HQ)
Rock Hill, SC
Antitrust & Competition
Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
Corporate & Transactional
Employment & Labor
Fund Formation & Investment Management
Intellectual Property & Technology
Mass Tort & Product Liability
Mergers & Acquisitions
Sports & Entertainment
Startups & Venture Capital
Tax & Wealth Management
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.