Mr. Robbins is a partner in the New York City law firm of Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP and specializes in commercial arbitration and mediation. He represents investors, brokers and firms in disputes and brokers and firms before regulatory agencies. He is also an expert witness in malpractice cases arising out of securities arbitrations. He and his firm have been responsible for the return of tens of millions of dollars to investors and have represented many brokers accused of wrongdoing in arbitrations and regulatory matters. Mr. Robbins served as Special Deputy Attorney General of New York State, responsible for the civil and criminal prosecution of securities fraud cases, and was the American Stock Exchange Director of Compliance and Director of its Legal and Regulatory Policy Division, where his was Director of Arbitration and Director of Disciplinary Hearings. He has the highest Peer Review Rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell and in 2016 and again in 2020 was approved as a “Super Lawyer” in securities law. Securities Arbitration Commentator wrote: “We’ve heard David E. Robbins called ‘the Dean of Securities Arbitration’ and there is ample reason why.”
Mr. Robbins is the author of Securities Arbitration Procedure Manual (Dec. 2020 Matthew Bender, a division of Lexis Publishing, the primary text in this area of the law for 30 years. This two volume, 4,000+ page hardcover and electronic book presents pragmatic, balanced guides to the practice of securities arbitration and mediation for attorneys representing investors, brokers and firms. He updates the book annually with new cases and revised sections. He regularly lectures at law schools that use the book in their courses. Since 1995, Mr. Robbins has also written the annual Practice Commentary to McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York, Article 23-A of the General Business Law - on securities arbitration and mediation for New York attorneys.