Gregory Robinson

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Irvine, California

Robinson & Robinson LLP
Gregory Robinson
Robinson & Robinson LLP

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Business & Corporate, Real Estate

Licensed in California since: 1983

Education: University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Italian

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024

Robinson & Robinson LLP

One Park Plaza
Suite 600
Irvine, CA 92614 Visit website

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Attorney Gregory Robinson is a founding partner with the Robinson & Robinson, LLP, law firm in Irvine, California. Nationally recognized as one of the top attorneys in the country, Mr. Robinson has more than 25 years of legal experience. He provides exceptional representation to a diverse range of clients throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties who are facing complex disputes involving commercial contracts, uniform commercial code claims, partnership and corporate co-ownership disputes, construction issues, securities matters, commercial lease disputes, and other issues.

Along with maintaining a successful trial practice, Mr. Robinson has extensive experience with commercial transactions. He has also assisted numerous company owners, executives and managers with their needs involving mergers and acquisitions, business formation, co-ownership matters, commercial real estate finance and sales, and other transactional matters.

Whether fighting for his clients in court or helping them handle matters that affect their company's operations, Mr. Robinson has proven himself a dedicated and skilled legal ally who strives to help his clients achieve their goals and obtain the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. In recognition for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding service, he has earned an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with numerous other accolades from his peers.

A 1980 graduate of Brigham Young University, Mr. Robinson attended the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he served as writer for the school's law review. He obtained his Juris Doctor with honors in 1983, and The State Bar of California admitted him to practice that same year. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

In addition, Mr. Robinson earned a diploma in Trial Advocacy Skills from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and he is a licensed real estate broker in California. He has also served as chair of the Orange County Bar Association's Business and Corporate Section, and he is a former instructor and panelist for the California Continuing Education of the Bar.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Business/Corporate, Real Estate: Business
  • 60% Business Litigation
  • 20% Business/Corporate
  • 20% Real Estate: Business

First Admitted: 1983, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.rrlawyers.com/attorney/robinson-gregory-e/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (“CEB”), Instructor/panelist
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Past Chair of the Business and Corporate Section of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Mr. Robinson served a 6 year term on the Board and Executive Committee of the Orange County Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. The Orange County Chapter is an Affiliate Bar of the Orange County Bar Association.  Mr. Robinson was Chair in 2017, and concluded his term in 2018. During his tenure, the Chapter secured speakers from prominent judicial and governmental figures, including Judge Kent A. Jordan, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and Sandra Jolley, Vice Chairwoman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom., 2018
  • Greg Robinson was admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit., 2017
  • Greg Robinson was admitted to the United States Court of Federal Claims, in Washington, D.C., 2014
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association, for many years., 2019
  • Member, American Bar Association, for many years., 2019
Educational Background:
  • Trial Advocacy Skills from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), 2004
  • BA English, cum laude, Brigham Young University, 1980
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Robinson & Robinson, LLP celebrated the 20th Year Anniversary of the Firm's founding in 1997., 2017
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • In August 2019 the Firm held its 12th Annual “Summer Celebration,” in which we raise funds for local charitable organizations. For approximately 8 years, the Summer Celebration has benefitted Laura’s House, a nonprofit organization providing housing and services for battered women and families., 2019
  • Mr. Robinson volunteered pro-bono services in connection with a Citizenship/Naturalization Fair sponsored by the Public Law Center., 2018
  • Mr. Robinson completed seven years of volunteer service on Tuesday mornings for his local church., 2018
  • Mr. Robinson volunteered pro-bono services in connection with a Citizenship/Naturalization Fair sponsored by the Public Law Center., 2017
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Mr. Robinson represented a U.S. manufacturer who was threatened with a lawsuit by a bank equipment lessor, after the manufacturer had been defrauded by a purported equipment leasing vendor.  Mr. Robinson was able to assist his client by aggressively asserting the application of Uniform Commercial Code defenses, and by securing an early mediation with the bank.  This resulted in an a prompt settlement, avoiding lengthy and costly litigation.  , 2024
  • Mr. Robinson represented the U.S. subsidiary of a prominent Japanese manufacturer in order to protect against infringement of its intellectual property rights by a former distributor.  Mr. Robinson was able to assist in-house counsel in resolving the matter without litigation. , 2024
  • Mr. Robinson represented the largest owner of a high tech consulting business, who was ousted by a combination of other members who wielded a majority vote.  After buyout negotiations were unsuccessful, and after the majority faction unilaterally re-wrote the Operating Agreement buyout clause and claimed to have bought out the owner, Mr. Robinson led a litigation team and brought suit against the majority faction for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and other claims.  Following more than four years of litigation, Mr. Robinson was able to successfully secure a confidential settlement shortly before jury trial was scheduled to begin.   , 2023
  • Mr. Robinson represented the plaintiff real estate purchaser in a 5-day trial held in San Bernardino County Superior Court. The case involved allegations that the seller and listing agent intentionally failed to disclose material defects in property.  Mr. Robinson secured a judgment against the owner, including an award of punitive damages in the amount of $200,467.50.  Mr. Robinson undertook post-judgment enforcement, including a levy on real property. Mr. Robinson secured payment from the judgment debtor and filed a Full Satisfaction of Judgment on behalf of his client., 2021
  • Gregory Robinson represented the owner of a multimillion dollar hotel located near a major Southern California tourist destination.  The owner was in escrow to sell the hotel upon completion of a major renovation.  Mr. Robinson advised the owner in connection with various disputes that arose during the sale escrow, including disputes relating to the buyer's conduct, closing conditions, and contractor performance. Mr. Robinson assisted in negotiations and drafted and reviewed various documents prepared to resolve the disputes.  The escrow closed successfully., 2020
  • Gregory Robinson represented a restaurant franchisee in an arbitration claim against the franchisor, relating to the franchisor's failure to timely oversee the construction of the franchised restaurant within the agreed budget and construction cap. The case involved a non-uniform modification of the standard franchise agreement, under which the franchisor undertook certain oblgations to develop, construct and open the restaurant.  Mr. Robinson was brought into the case mid-stream. He represented the franchisee in a 5 day arbitration hearing under the auspicies of the American Aribitration Association.  The hearing involved defenses relating to interpretation of the contract obligations and alleged delays caused by the franchisee.  Mr. Robinson secured an arbitration award in favor of the franchisee, defeating the contract interpretation defenses. The award included the total amount of the principal cost overruns and was subsequently paid in full., 2019
  • Gregory Robinson represented the owner of a San Clemente townhouse in a lawsuit against the homeowners association, management company and water district for major subsidence damage due to water intrustion from common area property onto the townhouse lot.  Mr. Robinson worked with geotechnical engineer experts, and developed a solid evidentiary basis for the legal claims.  Mr. Robinson secured a settlement shortly before the scheduled jury trial, with confidentiality required by the settlement agreement. , 2019
  • La Amapola v. Honeyville, Inc., U.S. District Court, Central Dist. of Calif., Case No. 2:17-cv-01946. Represented Food Distributor in multi-million dollar federal district court lawsuit, involving 23 rail cars of white corn purchased for resale to Hispanic stores to make tamales. A major Hispanic store group experienced catastrophic customer tamale returns on the eve of Christmas, which brought significant negative TV publicity. We defended the Food Distributor and brought a third-party complaint against the Nebraska Grain Elevator, one of the largest grain distributors in North America.  We investigated causation and developed significant proof that the cause of the tamale failure was the Grain Elevator's sale of white corn that had been contaminated with a new-type of GMO corn created for the ethanol industry, not food use.  After defeating a motion for summary judgment, the case was when jury trial preparation was substantially complete. Settlement terms are highly confidential., 2018
  • Gregory Robinson represented a medical device company in connection with a dispute between multiple ownership factions regarding a business reorganization involving multiple limited liability companies, overlapping co-ownership, and claims of breaches of fiduciary duty by managing officers and directors. Mr. Robinson advised in connection with governance issues and general strategy. He secured coverage under a Directors and Officer's liability policy, leading to a prompt resolution of the dispute without costly and protracted litigation that could have jeopardized the future of the company., 2018
  • Gregory Robinson was selected to serve as independent corporate counsel in connection with a dispute between two 50% shareholders following the death of the dissident shareholder's spouse. Mr. Robinson advised on governance and buy sell matters, and including the conducting of contentious shareholders and board of director meetings., 2018
  • In a case challenging the IRS' actions against a private business through its Criminal Investigation Service, the firm obtained a published opinion in favor of its client from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a Federal Tort Claims Act case. Greg Robinson served as co-counsel on the appeal. Snyder & Associates Acquisitions LLC v. U.S. 859 F.3d 1152 (9th Cir. 2017). The litigation also involved a case in the United States Court of Federal Claims, in Washington, D.C., asserting takings claim under the United States Constitution.  Snyder & Associates Acquisitions LLC v. U.S., Case No. 14-736C., 2017
  • Gregory Robinson defended a manufacturer licensee of licensed sports team fan products against co-owner claims for a preliminary injunction. Mr. Robinson secured a confidential settlement preserving the right to continue the business., 2016
  • Gregory Robinson served as local counsel for an international automobile manufacturer, Lotus Cars USA, in connection with the defense of consumer litigation., 2016
  • Prosecute claim for unpaid commissions on behalf of independent sales representatives under state statute allowing for treble damages and attorney's fees. Secure confidential settlement before trial., 2016
Honors/Awards:
  • Highest possible peer-review rating in legal ability and ethical standards., Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubble, 2024
Representative Clients:
  •  Honeyville, Inc., Innovasc, LLC, Lotus Cars USA, Inc., Wood Oil Company, National Blending Co., 2020
Industry Groups:
  • High Tech
  • Automobile
  • Consulting
  • Food
  • Insurance Services
  • Manufacture and Distribution
  • Medical Device
  • Real Estate
  • Software

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Superior attorney, highly responsive and thoughtful practitioner.”

“If I needed top notch litigators to be on my side I would hire Gregory and Jeffrey Robinson. In addition, I would be happy to refer clients to them and know that the client would be pleased with the quality of their representation by the Robinson brothers and thank me for the referral. Gregory Robinson and Jeffrey Robinson are a very powerful and professional pair that reflect some very important qualities. They are polite, treat opposing counsel with civility and most important are always prepared. I met the Robinson brothers as opponents. Through out our difficult, protracted and complex litigation I came to know and respect them. ”

“Greg is a thoughtful, insightful attorney who listens to his clients and works hard to obtain great results. ”

“An outstanding attorney; listens to client concerns and does what is best for them.”

Office location for Gregory Robinson

One Park Plaza
Suite 600
Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: 949-752-7007

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5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024

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