David Robinson

North Carolina
Court of Appeals Judge
(Linda McGee Seat)
David Robinson (R)
6801 Foxfire Place 
Raleigh, NC 27615

Contact Info
Phone (919) 424-0929
Email david@robinsonfornc.com








Biography
Special Counsel with Nexsen Pruet, PLLC,
- a 200 lawyer law firm with 8 offices throughout the Carolinas.

PRACTICE AREAS:
Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions
Employment & Labor Law
Contracts and Commercial Transactions
International
Startups – Innovation Team

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS:
North Carolina Supreme Court
International Bar Association
10th Judicial District Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association; past Chairman of the International Law Section

DEGREES:
George Washington National Law Center, J.D. in Law, 1990
Georgetown University, B.S. in Foreign Service, 1987

COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Mr. Robinson has provided pro bono representation for religious and charitable nonprofit organizations in the Triangle community, and has assisted dozens of charities with obtaining non-profit status. He is a fellow of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Healthy Community Institute and has been an active volunteer with the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team. As a Red Cross volunteer, he has served as a primary responder in times of local disaster. As a training coordinator during Katrina relief efforts he trained over 500 new Red Cross volunteers and was named an “Outstanding Volunteer for 2005.” For over two decades he has been a significant supporter of the Small Business Center at Wake Tech. Mr. Robinson’s current and previous charitable activities in Wake County also include:
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Leukemia Society Team in Training
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • SWAT (Servants With a Tool)
  • Stop Hunger Now
  • Palmetto Medical Initiative
  • All Saints Catholic Academy
  • NC Church of the Nazarene
  • Veterans Leadership Council of NC
Mr. Robinson is an active athlete. He is a competitive swimmer and has completed dozens of triathlons and road races including several marathons, a Half Ironman, and a Full Ironman Triathlon. He also is a member of an award-winning race car team. He and his wife, Sue, have been married for more than 20 years and they live in Raleigh with their three teenage children.

CIVIC AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS:
Wake Tech Business and Industry Services Advisory Committee
Fellow of the Institute of Political Leadership
International Bar Association
10th Judicial District Bar Association
Past Chair of the International Law Section of the NC Bar Association
Board of Advisors of the NC Japan Center
Former Director of the NC China Center steering committee
Wake Tech Community College: Ethics Instructor for Leadership Program
Visiting Professor of International Business and Ethics at Campbell University
North Carolina Export Outreach Program: Lecturer and Program Planner
Former President/Director of the Nippon Club
Rotary International – Paul Harris Fellow
Counsel to the US & China Foundation
Member, North Ridge Country Club
Former Deputy Director of the North Carolina Japan Center
Former Interim President, American LAbor (medical devices)
Former President (US Operations), BGP, Inc (waste-to-energy conversion)
Previous Employment with Moore and Van Allen, and Graham and James Law Firms



Judicial Philosophy

I believe that the people of North Carolina possess all of the qualities for self-government. Accordingly, I believe in judicial restraint, the enforcement of statutes as written by the legislature, and the enforcement of contracts between parties as they intended. Judges who ‘legislate from the bench’ create uncertainty, drive up the costs of litigation, and discourage job creating businesses from starting and locating in this State. I will not ‘legislate from the bench.’

Appellate courts play a critical role in this State. I believe that judicial opinions must be thorough, deliberate, accurate, and directly related to the questions presented. The appellate process must not unduly delay justice and resolution.

In 1776, the State of North Carolina adopted its first Constitution to recognize and establish great, general and essential principles of liberty and free government; and to set forth the relations of the State of North Carolina to the Federal Government, and between the people of North Carolina and the rest of the American people. Revised and amended over the years, the preamble to our State’s Constitution reads, “We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for the preservation of the American Union and the existence of our civil, political and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those blessings to us and our posterity, do, for the more certain security thereof and for the better government of this State, ordain and establish this Constitution.”

I encourage all North Carolinians to
read this important document



Endorsements

Honorable I. Beverly Lake
Former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court

Honorable Robert F. Orr
Former Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, former Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and former Executive Director at the Institute for Constitutional Law

Governor Jim E. Holshouser, Jr.
Former Governor of North Carolina, former Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and the House Rules Committee of North Carolina General Assembly