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Duke University, LL.B., 1956, Order of the Coif; Willis Smith Award (highest academic average in graduating class); Editor-in-Chief, Duke Law Journal, 1955-56

Princeton University, Phi Beta Kappa


Russell Robinson is founder emeritus of the firm. He concentrated his practice in the areas of corporate and commercial law, securities, and charitable foundations and other nonprofit organizations.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, corporate/M&A, 2003-17
  • The Best Lawyers in America, corporate governance, corporate, international trade and finance, mergers & acquisitions, 1983-2017; Charlotte International Trade and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year, 2012; Charlotte Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year, 2014 
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, business/corporate, 2006-17
  • Business North Carolina, Power 100 Icon, 2018-19
  • North Carolina Chief Justice's Professionalism Award, 2018
  • Mecklenburg Bar Foundation Ayscue Professionalism Award, 2006
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite Hall of Fame, business law and corporate counsel
  • The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers, 2006
  • Judge John J. Parker Award, North Carolina Bar Association, 1993
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Law Institute, Member, 1987-present
  • Business Corporation Act Drafting Committee, North Carolina General Statutes Commission, Chairman, 1968-73, 1985-91
  • Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Director, 1971-74 and 1986-89
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1981-84; Executive Committee, 1981-82
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, President, 1970-71
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Chief Justice’s Commission of the North Carolina Business Court
  • Governor’s Commission on Business Laws and the Economy

Community Affiliations

  • Duke University Law School, Board of Visitors, 1983-present
  • UNC Charlotte Foundation, Board of Directors, 1997-present; Chairman, 1997-present
  • YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Board of Trustees
  • Greater Enrichment Program, Board of Directors
  • North Carolina Humanities Council, Advisory Board
  • The Duke Endowment, Trustee, 1987-present; Chairman of Board of Trustees, 2001-present; Chairman of Health Care and Child Care Divisions, 1990-2001
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Trustee, 1987-97; Chairman, 1989-97
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