Mr. Robbins is a partner in the New York City law firm of Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP and specializes in commercial arbitration, mediation and the representation of parties before regulatory agencies.1 He represents investors, brokers and firms and is a mediator and arbitrator. He is also an expert witness in malpractice and billing cases arising out of securities arbitrations. Mr. Robbins served as Special Deputy Attorney General of New York State, responsible for the civil and criminal prosecution of securities fraud cases. He was with the American Stock Exchange as its Director of the Compliance Department and Director of the Legal and Regulatory Policy Division, where his responsibilities included being Director of Arbitration and Director of Disciplinary Hearings. He has the highest Peer Review Rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Robbins is the author of Securities Arbitration Procedure Manual (Dec. 2014 Matthew Bender, a division of Lexis Publishing2), the primary text in this area of the law for 25 years. This two volume book presents pragmatic, balanced guides to the practice of securities arbitration and mediation for practitioners representing investors, brokers and firms. He has updated the book annually since its initial publication in 1990. It is used nationwide by law firms, brokerage firms and law schools. He regularly lectures at law schools that use the book in their courses. Since 1995, Mr. Robbins has written the annual Practice Commentaries to McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York, in Article 23-A of the General Business Law, on securities arbitration and mediation for New York attorneys.3 The latest editions of his book and of his McKinney’s Commentary were published in December 2014. He has written 61 published articles on securities law.
From 1986 through 2009, Mr. Robbins served as the Chairperson for all of the annual Practising Law Institute (PLI) continuing education programs on securities arbitration and mediation. He also edited and contributed to the program’s 23 course books. He is the recipient of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) lifetime achievement Golden Bow Tie Award in honor of one of its former presidents. He was a member of FINRA Dispute Resolution’s National Arbitration and Mediation Committee, where he chaired the Neutral Roster Subcommittee. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association, PIABA, the Compliance and Legal Division of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the Board of Editors of Securities Arbitration Commentator. The American Arbitration Association published his chapter “Calling All Arbitrators: Reclaim Control of the Arbitration Process – The Courts Let You” for its Handbook on Arbitration Practice.
In 2014, he co-chaired the New York State Bar Association program on securities arbitration, moderated a session on securities arbitration for the New York County Lawyers’ Association and was on a panel for the New York City Bar Association. In 2015, he will be returning to PLI as a panelist, be a panelist at the annual PIABA conference and will again co-chair the New York State Bar Association program.