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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, a founding partner of the firm, concentrates 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 Americacorporate 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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