Practice Areas

David E. Robbins

David E. Robbins

Partner
Location:
New York, New York
Phone:
212-705-0815
Fax:
212-755-3174

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 agencies1. He represents investors, brokers and firms and is a mediator and arbitrator. He is also an expert witness in malpractice cases arising out of securities arbitrations. Mr. Robbins served as Special Deputy Attorney General of New York, responsible for the civil and criminal prosecution of securities fraud cases. He was the American Stock Exchange Director of the Compliance Department and later its Drector 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. This two volume book presents pragmatic, balanced guides to the practice of securities arbitration and mediation. 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. Mr. Robbins writes 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 attorneys3.

From 1986 through 2009, Mr. Robbins was the Chairperson for all of the annual Practicing Law Institute (PLI) continuing education programs on securities arbitration and mediation. He 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 memory of its former president who stood for integrity, the highest standards of professionalism and fairness in arbitration. He was a member of FINRA Dispute Resolution's National Arbitration and Mediation Committee, where he chaired the Neutral Roster Subcommittee. He is an arbitrator and mediator and 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 AAA has 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 and mediation, was a speaker at the New York City Bar Association and New York County Lawyers Association programs on the subject and was on a panel at the annual PIABA convention in California: "The Arbitrator's Perspective."

Year Joined Firm

  • 1986

Areas of Practice

  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Employment Contracts -- Employee
  • State & Local Agencies
  • Securities Fraud & Insider Trading
  • Securities Regulation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1975

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1974
    • Honors: Award for Meritorious Service. Philadelphia Community Legal Services Assoc.
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1971

Published Works

  • Securities Arbitration Procedure Manual, Matthew Bender, Lexis Publishing, December, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Golden Bow Tie Award, Public Investor Arbitration Bar Association - Lifetime Achievement Award for Protection of Investor Rights, 2003
  • Highest Peer Review Rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Practicing Law Institute (PLI), Chair of Annual Securities Arbitration and Mediation Program, 1986 - 2009
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Arbitrator and Mediator, 1985 - Present
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA), Arbitrator and Mediator, 1985 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association, Arbitration Committee, 1998 - Present
  • New York County Lawyers' Association, Securities and Exchange Committee, 1985 - Present
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), Member, 1991 - Present
  • Compliance and Legal Division of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Member, 2007 - Present
  • Securities Arbitration Commentator, Board of Editors, 1997 - Present
  • FINRA Dispute Resolution's National Arbitration and Mediation Committee, Member
  • New York State Bar Association Program, Co-Chair, 2012

Past Employment Positions

  • Special Deputy Attorney General of New York, 1976 - 1980

Pro Bono Activities

  • Director, Compliance Department, American Stock Exchange, 1980 - 1985