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David Edward Robbins

Securities Industry Disputes
  • Arbitration & Mediation, Securities Law
  • New York, New York
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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.

Villanova University School of Law
J.D. (1974) | Law
Honors: Recipient of Law School Award for Meritorious Service because of offices held and work done for the Philadelphia Community Legal Services Association. Legal intern for the Juvenile Court Public Defender Program. Judge in Moot Court.
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Syracuse University
B.S. (1971) | Political Science
Honors: B.A. in Political Science, Cum Laude. Member of Phi Kappa Phi [National Honor Society] and Pi Sigma Alpha [Political Science Honorary]. Selected by the University Chancellor for "Who's Who Among Students in American University," the Faculty Promotion Committee and Committee to Revise the University Charter.
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Professional Experience
Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP
- Current
My practice focuses on securities industry disputes - between customers, brokers and firms and before regulatory authorities - commercial arbitration and mediation, expert witness services and author of legal texts on securities arbitration and mediation.
Articles & Publications
McKinney' Consolidated Laws of New York - Practice Commentary
Thomson Reuters
Securities Arbitration Procedure Manual
Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender
Speaking Engagements
Securities Arbitration, Practicing Law Institute, New York City
1986 - 2009 Chaired annual PLI program on securities arbitration in New York and, in the early years, also in California.
Securities Arbitration and Mediation, New York State Bar Association - Chair, New York City
New York State Bar
1997 - 210 Speaker and Moderator 2012 - 2020 Co-Chair of Program
Securities & Corporate Finance
Super Lawyers -
2016 – 2017, 2020 - present
• 2003 Recipient of PIABA “Golden Bow Tie Award,” given in honor of the late James E. Beckley, former president of PIABA. •
Public Investors Advocate Bare Association
Professional Associations
Public Investors Advocate Bar Association (PIABA)
- Current
Activities: Editor of PIABA Bar Law Journal and recipient of Golden Bow Tie Award for contribution to investor rights.
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The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Robert B. McKay Community OutreachLaw Program
- Current
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New York State Bar  # 1061670
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 1061670
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New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 1061670
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  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Our hourly rates are billed by the tenth-of-an-hour and while we do take contingency cases where clients cannot afford counsel, we prefer hourly or hybrid (half hourly/ half contingency).
Practice Areas
Arbitration & Mediation
Business Arbitration
Securities Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
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Contact & Map
767 3RD AVE., 30TH FL.
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 755-3100
Cell: (917) 509-1428
Fax: (212) 755-3174
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: I can be reached on my cell any day of the week - 917-509-1428.