Davis Robinson is a member of Brock Capital Group LLP residing in Washington, DC. He is a retired senior partner of the law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP where his international practice involved trade, investment, finance, dispute resolution and boundary-related matters. More recently, he retired as a senior managing director of Richard C. Breeden & Co. LLC, a corporate governance and restructuring firm where he participated in the government-mandated monitorships of WorldCom and KPMG and in the board-appointed investigation of Hollinger and Conrad Black.
Mr. Robinson began his career as a Foreign Service Officer, with tours in Egypt, Jordan and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and as staff assistant to the Secretary of State of the United States. After more than a decade of corporate private law practice in New York and Washington, he was nominated by President Reagan, and confirmed by the Senate, as the Legal Adviser to the Department of State, the general counsel of that agency and the senior government attorney in international law. In this capacity, he supervised the establishment of the Iran-US Claims Tribunal on behalf of the United States and served as the Agent of the United States in two major cases before the International Court of Justice in The Hague. He was heavily engaged during his tenure in such issues as the extraterritorial reach of US law, foreign economic sanctions and complex trade and investment issues. He was deeply involved in the government’s response to such events as Grenada, the Falklands War and the first Lebanon War, the Law of the Sea Convention, the Siberian Pipeline sanctions and international law questions in government cases before the Supreme Court. He traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East and led missions, among others, to China, the Soviet Union and Japan.
Mr. Robinson is a member and Adjunct Senior Fellow in international law, at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the American Law Institute where he was an adviser to the Restatement (Third) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States. He serves as an international arbitrator and is one of four United States panel members of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, a World Bank affiliate in Washington. He is a former President of the American Refugee Committee in Washington, a former trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy and a former Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. Robinson is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School where he was the President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.