Jim Robinson | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Jim Robinson
Jim Robinson

Jim Robinson

Partner, Miami

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For commercial disputes in the United States involving both domestic and international clients, Jim Robinson has extensive experience leading trial teams from the earliest motion practice all the way through jury trial and appeal.

Overview

Drawing on his significant experience in state and federal courts handling virtually every type of civil case, Jim's practice is primarily focused on commercial trial work. He works to limit his clients' exposure and to protect their interests.

Jim has particular experience of representing regional and national law firms in legal malpractice lawsuits. In such cases he takes a thorough, hands-on approach, managing all aspects of the lawsuits.

Many of Jim's recent commercial cases include representation of clients connected to the banking industry. Such cases include representation of financial technology (fintech) companies involved with merchant services and credit card processing in both domestic and international disputes. In addition, Jim has represented a series of banks against multimillion dollar lender liability lawsuits, most of which were resolved with summary judgment in Jim's clients' favor For banking clients, Jim also brings his experience of prosecuting dozens of commercial foreclosure lawsuits on loans totaling over US$1.5 billion.Jim represents foreign and domestic corporations in contract disputes, regulatory and compliance matters, and consumer class actions at various stages, including appeals. He has successfully defended numerous director and officer liability actions, and has successfully represented real estate developers and contractors in real estate disputes throughout the United States.

Jim is an active member of a number of professional associations, including the Federal Bar Association, the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, the International Law Section of The Florida Bar, the Miami-Dade County Bar Association and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

He has taken lead roles in a significant number of professional committees, including as the Chair of the International Litigation and Arbitration Committee (2008), the Chair of the International Litigation and Arbitration Committee Conference (2007), a Steering Committee Member on the International Litigation Update (2005–2006), and as a Chair of the FGCU Alumni Association Board of Directors (2009–2011). He has also served on the Law Alumni Council, University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Bars and Courts

  • Florida State Bar
  • US District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • US District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US Court of Federal Claims

Education

  • JD, University of Florida
  • BS, Florida Gulf Coast University

Languages

  • English

Experience

Trial court victory for national law firm, 2016

Jim led the White & Case team that secured a complete victory on behalf of a national law firm that was sued in Miami-Dade County. The lawsuit was brought by a successor trustee, who was the opposing party in an underlying probate lawsuit. Under claims for conspiracy and fraudulent transfers, among others, the successor trustee sued a series of law firms and other professionals for disgorgement of fees earned over a multi-year period. While all of the other firms settled, our client wanted to take the case to trial. A few weeks before trial, the trial judge granted final summary judgment in favor of our client on all claims.

Trial court victory for banking client, 2016

Jim led the White & Case team that obtained a complete victory for our client, Ocean Bank. The Bank filed suits against a pair of developers who had signed deficiency promissory notes on behalf of the Bank. Before the parties undertook any discovery in the cases, we obtained final judgment in favor of Ocean Bank – for amounts totaling over $30 million – following successful motions for judgments on the pleadings.

Trial court victory for credit card processor, 2015

Jim led the White & Case team that obtained summary judgment in favor of our client, an international fintech company that focuses on credit card and payment processing, in a dispute with one of its merchants stemming from improper credit card chargebacks totaling millions of dollars.

Successful resolution of lawsuit against Miami-Dade County, 2015

Jim led the White & Case team in a lawsuit filed by our client, First-Citizens Bank & Trust Co., against Miami-Dade County. The suit stemmed from a multi-million dollar loan extended by the Bank's predecessor, and which resulted in losses by the Bank. Following discovery, and with the case scheduled for trial a few months later, the Bank worked with a third-party developer to resolve the matter amicably. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

Trial court victory for banking client, 2015

Jim led the White & Case team that obtained final summary judgment in favor of our client, Ocean Bank. The Bank filed suit against a developer to enforce a multi-million dollar deficiency note. The borrowers defended the lawsuit vigorously, and concentrated much of their defense on proving novel e-discovery defenses, which culminated in a motion for spoliation against our client. Following an evidentiary hearing, the trial court denied the motion for spoliation and entered final judgment in favor of the Bank.

$2 million judgment over corporate jet following jury trial, 2014

Jim led the White & Case trial team that secured a complete victory in a dispute between his client, Ugo Colombo, a Miami real estate developer, and Dacra Development Corp., which is owned by Craig Robins. Following a two-week trial, a Miami jury ordered Dacra Development Corp. to pay more than $2 million in maintenance fees to Ugo Colombo, for the costs associated with a $22 million jet that they owned jointly. The jury ruled in favor of Mr. Colombo on all claims brought against him by Dacra. This was a complete victory for Jim's client.

Successful resolution of international arbitration proceedings for credit card processor, 2014

Jim was a member of the White & Case team that assisted in resolving a dispute involving our client, an international fintech company that focuses on credit card and payment processing, in international arbitration proceedings. The dispute related to enforcement of a software products licensing agreement that covered sales territories in the Middle East and Africa.

Appellate victory in lender liability lawsuit, 2013

Jim led the White & Case team that secured a complete victory in the trial court for our client, First Citizens Bank & Trust Company. The Bank was sued in a multi-million lender liability lawsuit, in connection with a series of loans to a Miami developer. Jim and his team not only defeated the lender liability lawsuit – which judgment was affirmed on appeal – but they proceeded to trial and obtained a deficiency judgment against the Bank's borrower and the personal guarantor.

Successful resolution of lawsuit on behalf of credit card processor, 2013

Jim led the White & Case team that resolved a long-running lawsuit on behalf of our client, an international fintech company that focuses on credit card and payment processing, in a dispute with one of its merchants. The merchant filed suit for slander of credit and other commercial torts.

Trial court victory in lender liability lawsuit, 2013

Jim led the White & Case team that secured a complete victory in the trial court for our client, Ocean Bank. The Bank was sued in a multimillion dollar lender liability lawsuit, in connection with a series of loans to a local pharmacy operator. Jim and his team obtained final summary judgment in favor of Ocean Bank on all claims brought against it in this action.

Speaking Engagements

"Expert Witnesses: 'Prep, Depos, Exam and Cross – How to Get it Right'", 2014: CLE Seminar,
Miami, Florida

"Expert Witnesses: 'Tips for Getting it Right'", 2012: CLE Seminar,
Miami, Florida

Awards & Recognition

Professional Liability & Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, 2016

Rising Star in Business Litigation , Super Lawyers, 2009–2014

Rising Stars, Daily Business Review's 40 under 40 , 2014

(recipient)

Outstanding Lawyers of Miami Dade County Award, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 40 Under 40 , 2011