Robbins, David E.

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Address: 767 Third Avenue, 30th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Lawyer Firm: Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP
Phone: 212-755-3100
Fax: 212-755-3174

Areas of Practice Regulatory Enforcement, Arbitration, Mediation, Employment Contracts — Employee, State & Local Agencies, Securities Fraud & Insider Trading, Securities Regulation

Mr. Robbins is a partner in the New York City law firm of Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP and specializes in commercial arbitration, mediation and the representation of parties before regulatory agencies1. He represents investors, brokers and firms and is a mediator and arbitrator. He is also an expert witness in malpractice cases arising out of securities arbitrations. Mr. Robbins served as Special Deputy Attorney General of New York, responsible for the civil and criminal prosecution of securities fraud cases. He was the American Stock Exchange Director of the Compliance Department and later its Drector of the Legal and Regulatory Policy Division, where his responsibilities included being Director of Arbitration and Director of Disciplinary Hearings. He has the highest Peer Review Rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Robbins is the author of Securities Arbitration Procedure Manual (Dec. 2014 Matthew Bender, a division of Lexis Publishing2), the primary text in this area of the law. This two volume book presents pragmatic, balanced guides to the practice of securities arbitration and mediation. He has updated the book annually since its initial publication in 1990. It is used nationwide by law firms, brokerage firms and law schools. He regularly lectures at law schools that use the book in their courses. Mr. Robbins writes the annual Practice Commentaries to McKinney’s Consolidated Laws of New York, in Article 23-A of the General Business Law, on securities arbitration and mediation for New York attorneys3.

From 1986 through 2009, Mr. Robbins was the Chairperson for all of the annual Practicing Law Institute (PLI) continuing education programs on securities arbitration and mediation. He edited and contributed to the program’s 23 course books. He is the recipient of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) lifetime achievement Golden Bow Tie Award in memory of its former president who stood for integrity, the highest standards of professionalism and fairness in arbitration. He was a member of FINRA Dispute Resolution’s National Arbitration and Mediation Committee, where he chaired the Neutral Roster Subcommittee. He is an arbitrator and mediator and is a member of the New York City Bar Association, PIABA, the Compliance and Legal Division of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the Board of Editors of Securities Arbitration Commentator. The AAA has published his chapter "Calling All Arbitrators: Reclaim Control of the Arbitration Process – The Courts Let You" for its Handbook on Arbitration Practice. In 2014, he co-chaired the New York State Bar Association program on securities arbitration and mediation, was a speaker at the New York City Bar Association and New York County Lawyers Association programs on the subject and was on a panel at the annual PIABA convention in California: "The Arbitrator’s Perspective."

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