David L. Robbins

Retired Partner


David L. Robbins is a retired partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities and Commercial Transactions & Business Counseling Practices. Mr. Robbins’ practice included a broad range of business, corporate, and commercial matters, including general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, venture capital transactions, real estate acquisitions and sales, health care business law, general contract law, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and technology protection and transfer.

With over 40 years of business law experience, Mr. Robbins frequently served in the capacity of "general counsel" with direct, hands-on client involvement. His practice crossed most industry lines, including technology, health care, manufacturing and distribution, retail, and real estate, and his clients ranged from large, multinational corporations to smaller entrepreneurial individuals and start-up companies.

A graduate of the University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1967) and the University of North Carolina (A.B. in English, 1965), he joined Foley & Lardner in 1994 after having practiced law in St. Petersburg for 26 years with a firm he helped establish. In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Robbins was Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.

Mr. Robbins is a member of The Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the American Academy of Hospital Attorneys. He has held numerous positions in the community, including former chairman of the Pinellas County Chapter of the March of Dimes; former member of the board of governors for the National Conference of Christians and Jews; former chairman of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce; former chairman of the board of trustees for Bayfront Health System, Inc. and Bayfront Medical Center, Inc.; former president of Leadership St. Petersburg Alumni Association; former member of the executive committee of the board of trustees for Bayfront Health Foundation, Inc.; former member of the board of directors for Pinellas County Workforce; former treasurer of Pinellas County Jewish Federation and former board member; former member of board of directors of Museum of Fine Arts; past general chairman and member of the board of directors of Copperhead Charities, host of the PGA Tour Valspar Championship Golf Tournament; a founder and board member of the Jewish Burial Society, Inc.; and member of Congregation B’nai Israel and former officer and board member.

The awards and accolades bestowed upon Mr. Robbins include the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Outstanding Contributions to the Betterment of the Community Award; the National Association of Community Leadership Organizations, Distinguished Leadership Award; the Leadership St. Pete Alumni Association, Outstanding Alumnus; the Bayfront Medical Center, Inc., Robert T. Sheen Award for Volunteer Leadership; the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Silver Medallion Humanitarian Award; honoree of State of Israel Bonds; 2014 Cardozo Society Leadership Award; and Foley & Lardner’s Lynford Lardner Award for Community Service.