Patrick D. Robbins serves as a Global Litigation Practice Group Leader and as an Americas Regional Managing Partner.
Mr. Robbins represents companies, officers, directors and employees in civil and criminal investigations and 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 Wells Fargo, Uber, UPS, Softbank, Toyota, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, Adobe Systems, United Continental Airlines, Bechtel, SAP, and LG Electronics. The industry leading publication, The Legal 500, has recommended Mr. Robbins for his “intelligence, common sense, integrity, diligence and wisdom.” Chambers and Partners has similarly endorsed Mr. Robbins, saying that he earns “praise for his strategic thinking” and “in-depth expertise,” and citing his “great judgment and ability to bring a wealth of experience in an effective and valuable way,” and that he is “cool under pressure.” Most recently, Benchmark Litigation, the leading litigation and disputes-specific directory, has recognized Mr. Robbins as a Litigation Star. Mr. Robbins has also 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 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 participated in the Enron Task Force, leading 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 clerkship in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Mr. Robbins is a member of the firm’s Global Pro Bono Committee, as well as the firm's Policy Committee. He has served on the trial advocacy faculty for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in the Hague for several years.
J.D., summa cum laude (ranked first in class)
B.A. in Political Science (with honors)