Jennifer M. Robbins

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Madel PA
 | 800 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 800
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-605-0630
Fax: 612-326-9990
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%)
Attorney Profile

An attorney at Madel PA, Jennifer M. Robbins divides her practice between criminal defense matters and complex civil litigation. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she provides representation to clients throughout the state and other parts of the Midwestern United States. Admitted to practice in Minnesota, Ms. Robbins is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota; the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 8th, 9th and District of Columbia Circuits; and the Supreme Court of the United States.

In her criminal defense practice, Ms. Robbins has worked on cases involving state and federal white collar charges as well as legal malpractice, and her background has included government investigations. Her cases have included felony medical assistance fraud and theft, and Ms. Robbins has been able to obtain numerous positive results through dismissals, acquittals, and the negotiation of favorable plea agreements with the prosecution. In recognition of her successful track record, she has been named by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys as one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys under 40 in Minnesota.

Ms. Robbins has an active civil litigation practice as well, and she has represented both defendants and plaintiffs throughout her career. Her experience has included antitrust defense, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, false advertising and trademark infringement.

As an undergraduate, Ms. Robbins attended St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, where she majored in psychology and received a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in 2003. Her legal education was obtained at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, and she was the managing editor of the Texas Journal of Women and the Law before obtaining her Juris Doctor in 2007.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Business Litigation
  • 50%Criminal Defense: White Collar


Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2014 - 2017

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About Jennifer Robbins

Admitted: 2007, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:


  • Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award (1989) 
  • John M. Dozier Award (1988)
  • Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2015 & 2016) 
  • “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics (1998-2002) 
  • Fellow, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (2017) 
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2016-2017 editions) 
  • “Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation (2014, 2015, & 2016) 
  • Selected “Top 40 in Criminal Defense” by Minnesota Law & Politics 
  • “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer (2011, 2012, and 2013--first lawyer to win in three consecutive years) 
  • Named to the “Circle of Excellence,” Minnesota Lawyer (2012 and 2013) 
  • Selected to "America's Top 100 Attorneys" (2017) 
  • “Top 100 Trial Lawyer,” The National Trial Lawyers Association (every year since 2012) 
  • Selected as "Top 100 Super Lawyer" for State of Minnesota 
  • Selected “Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers (every year from 2003-present) 

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin 
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota 
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado 
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia 
  • U.S. Supreme Court 
  • Georgia
  • Policy Fellow, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
  • Minnesota
  • Member, Board of Directors, Innocence Project of Minnesota 
  • Member, Board of Directors, Illusion Theatre 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Winning By The Rules - Tactics and Consideration in the Application of The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. (January 23-24, 2004) 
  • Expert Witness Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. (November 1-3, 2001, February 14-17, 2001 and March 14-17, 2001)
  • Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., White Collar Crime Seminar: Pinstripes to Jail Stripes (September 17, 2002) 
  • Enron & Beyond:  Accountants Are No Longer Boring & Roundtable Discussion:  Responding to the Corporate Crisis
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P Trial Advocacy Program (March 5-8 & April 9-12, 2003) 
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Conducting Internal Investigations in the Wake of Sarbanes-Oxley (July 24, 2003) 
  • Considerations Regarding Hiring Individual Counsel, Joint Defense Agreements, and Corrective Action 
  • Maintaining the Integrity of Internal Investigations: The Fiesta Bowl Case Study, Keynote Address, Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (April 27-29, 2011) 
  • Joint Defense and Indemnification, Minnesota CLE, White-Collar Criminal Law Summit 2005 (October 31, 2005) 
  • IP Crimes: When Civil Infringement Turns Criminal, Napa Valley, California, Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California 30th Annual Intellectual Property Institute (November 5, 2005) 
  • What Criminal Defense Lawyers Should Know About Social Media Web Sites, Webinar (August 2010) 
  • Court Orders Warn Against Foot-dragging in Government Investigations, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Antitrust Bulletin (February 2, 2011) 
  • Internal Investigations: Reveal and Remediate vs. Deny and Defend, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (September 11-14, 2011) 
  • Maintaining the Integrity of Internal Investigations: The Fiesta Bowl Case Study, Minnesota State Bar Association (September 27, 2011) 
  • Maintaining the Integrity of Internal Investigations: Fiesta Bowl Case Study, Ethics and Compliance Officer Association, Waltham, Massachusetts (June 12, 2013) 
  • Medicare and Medicaid Fraud: Government's Use of the False Claims Act, Minnesota State Bar Association, Corporate Healthcare Symposium, Rochester, Minnesota (September 12, 2013) 
  • What Civil Lawyers Can Learn From Criminal Lawyers and Vice-Versa Panel, The 40th Annual Federal Practice Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 26, 2014) 
  • "Yeah, but I Didn’t Really Mean That…’ How to Effectively Use Social Media Postings at Trial, Robins Kaplan LLP Trial Advocacy Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 6, 2015) 
  • The Importance of Diligence and Independence When Conducting Internal Investigations, The American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Birmingham, Alabama (February 26, 2016) 
  • The Modern RICO Enterprise: The Inoperation and Mismanagement of Reves v. Ernst & Young, 71 Tulane Law Review 1133 (1997) (cited in Sikes v. AT&T, 179 F.R.D. 342, 354 n.12 (S.D. Ga. 1998), Emcore Corp. v. PriceWaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. 102 F. Supp. 2d 237 (2000))
  • The Modern RICO Enterprise: The Inoperation and Mismanagement of Reves v. Ernst & Young, 71 Tulane Law Review 1133 (1997) (cited in Sikes v. AT&T, 179 F.R.D. 342, 354 n.12 (S.D. Ga. 1998), Emcore Corp. v. PriceWaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. 102 F. Supp. 2d 237 (2000))
  • Predatory Conduct Under Section Two of the Sherman Act: Dead or Alive?, 2 Sedona Conf. J. 73 (Fall 2001) 
  • Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the Age of Obama, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. (April 19, 2010) 
  • Chris Madel & Jenny Robbins, How to Promote Opportunities for In-Court Experience on a Practical Level, With Equal Right (Spring 2018). 
  • Barriers to Discovery in Criminal Defense, Inside The Minds: Managing White Collar Legal Issues (February 1, 2013) 
  • Maintaining the Attorney-Client and Work-Product Privileges in an Internal Investigation (March 19, 2014) 
  • Essential Considerations for Cross-Border Internal Investigations, 39 American Journal of Trial Advocacy 577 (Spring 2016) 

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan Law School (1992), J.D., cum laude   
  • Macalester College (1989), B.A., magna cum laude, Majors:  Economics & Political Science, Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award, Phi Beta Kappa, John M. Dozier Award, Senior Honors Thesis (received Highest Honors for same):  Takeovers: Insider Trading, Poison Pills, and Market Efficiency        
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800 Hennepin Avenue
Suite 800
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Phone: 612-605-0630

Fax: 612-326-9990

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