Patrick D. Robbins is the Head of the firm’s San Francisco and Menlo Park offices.
Mr. Robbins represents companies, officers, directors and employees in internal and regulatory investigations, and criminal and civil litigation. His matters involve foreign corrupt practices, antitrust, accounting and securities fraud, insider trading, trade secret, and health care violations, and obstruction of justice. His company clients have included Toyota Motor Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, Adobe Systems, United Continental Airlines, Bechtel Corporation, SAP S.E., and MGM Resorts International. The publication Chambers and Partners has recommended Mr. Robbins, citing his “great judgment and ability to bring a wealth of experience in an effective and valuable way.” Legal 500 similarly endorsed Mr. Robbins for his “intelligence, common sense, integrity, diligence and wisdom.” Mr. Robbins has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating, for legal ethics and ability, and has been named a Northern California “Super Lawyer” for white collar matters every year since 2006.
Before becoming a partner at the firm, Mr. Robbins was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of California (San Francisco) for ten years, prosecuting white collar cases involving securities, commodities, mail and wire fraud, insider trading, money laundering, theft of trade secrets and obstruction, as well as organized crime, narcotics, firearms, and bank robbery cases. He represented the United States in numerous federal jury trials and appellate arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Robbins served as Pacific Regional Coordinator for DOJ’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and as Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Section. From 2002 to 2004, he was Chief of the Office’s Securities Fraud Section and led the Department of Justice’s investigation into criminal manipulation of the California electricity markets by Enron and others during the State’s energy crisis.
Mr. Robbins first joined Shearman & Sterling in 1988 as a summer associate, and again as an associate in 1990 after a federal clerkship. Throughout his tenure with the firm, Mr. Robbins has defended companies and individuals in civil securities class actions, antitrust, merger and tender offer litigation in state and federal courts. He has also successfully litigated and tried commercial disputes in international and domestic arbitrations.
Mr. Robbins is a member of the firm’s Global Pro Bono Committee.
J.D., summa cum laude (ranked first in class)
B.A. in Political Science (with honors)