About David

Hartford, CT, April 19, 2015
at Game 6 of 2013 World Series
Cardinals vs. Red Sox
Fenway Park, Boston
Oct. 30, 2013
David A. Robinson was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1953. In 1974 he earned his B.A. in economics at George Washington University. In 1977 he earned his J.D. at Washington University in St. Louis and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. He was a senior editor of the law review at Washington U. Mr. Robinson practiced law in Springfield from 1977 to 2008. He was a general practitioner from 1977 to 1991. From 1992 to 2008, he practiced exclusively in the area of labor and employment law, usually on the side of the employer. A partial list of his notable cases and writings appears below. In addition, he was an adjunct professor at Western New England University (WNEU) School of Law from 1979 to 1982, WNEU School of Business from 2001-2005, and University of New Haven School of Business from 2005 to 2014.
David did not get married until he was 50 years old, in 2003. He and his wife decided to live in the New Haven, CT, area, where she is from, rather than in Massachusetts. He gradually closed his Massachusetts law practice, was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 2006, and spent most of his time from 2005 to 2014 teaching at the University of New Haven (UNH). Now, in 2018, he is practicing employment law and doing research, writing, editing, and proofreading for Connecticut lawyers. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court.
See David's Scrapbook for more information.
Rock of Gibraltar, Spain-Gibraltar, July 6, 2012
Rock of Gibraltar
July 6, 2012
Metropolitan Opera, New York, Nov. 15, 2014
Metropolitan Opera
New York
Nov. 15, 2014
AFC Championship Game, Foxboro, MA, Jan. 20, 2013
AFC Championship Game
Ravens vs. Patriots
Foxboro, MA
Jan. 20, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What services do you provide?

A. I advise employers about employment law. I answer their questions and advise them how to handle situations that arise in the workplace. I assist HR (human resources) managers. I do legal research, writing, editing, proofreading, and Bluebooking for other lawyers.

Q. Where is your office?

A. In this age of computers, cellphones, email, and the internet, I do not need an office, except in my home. I do not meet with clients in my home. If you want to meet with me, I'll come to your place of business or meet you at some other convenient place. Thus, my overhead expenses are very low. This enables me to charge very affordable fees. I am happy to travel anywhere in Connecticut to meet with a client.

Q. What do you charge?

A. I try to make my services affordable to all businesses and law firms, including small ones. When I advise employers, I charge $180 per hour. When I do legal research, writing, editing, and proofreading for other lawyers, I charge $60 per hour or, if the lawyer is a solo practitioner or the lawyer is asking me to do work that a paralegal can do, $45 per hour.

Q. How do clients pay you?

A. They mail (regular U.S. mail) me a check.

Q. What are some of your notable cases and writings?

A. A partial list of my books appears on the David's Books page of this website. Most of my notable cases and articles were in Massachusetts from 1977 to 2008. A partial list of my notable cases:
Stonehill College v. Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, 441 Mass. 549, 808 N.E.2d 205 (2004)
O’Brien v. Town of Agawam, 350 F.3d 279 (1st Cir. 2003)
Dalrymple v. Town of Winthrop, 50 Mass. App. Ct. 611, 740 N.E.2d 204 (2000)
Armstrong v. Jefferson Smurfit Corp., 30 F.3d 11 (1st Cir. 1994)
Draghetti v. Chmielewski, 416 Mass. 808, 626 N.E.2d 862 (1994)
Commonwealth v. Alabarces, 385 Mass. 1012, 434 N.E.2d 205 (1982)
Commonwealth v. Therrien, 383 Mass. 529, 420 N.E.2d 897 (1981)
Bell v. Surveillance Unlimited, Inc., 9 Mass. App. Ct. 835, 399 N.E.2d 509 (1980)
Commonwealth v. Ronayne, 8 Mass. App. Ct. 421, 395 N.E.2d 350 (1979)
Commonwealth v. Cotter, 8 Mass. App. Ct. 476, 395 N.E.2d 488 (1979)
A partial list of articles I wrote:
David A. Robinson, “Your Bosses, Your Stakeholders — and Your Conscience”
Fairfield County Business Journal, July 16, 2012
David A. Robinson & Robert G. Brody, “Employers Beware — Big Changes Expected Under Obama”
Fairfield County Business Journal, Nov. 17, 2008, p. 37
David A. Robinson & Robert G. Brody, “Connecticut Supreme Court Review — Employment Law”
Connecticut Law Tribune supplement, Sept. 15, 2008, page 5
David A. Robinson, “Caps Are Needed on Emotional Distress Damages”
Business West (a newspaper in western Massachusetts), June 1999, page 50
David A. Robinson, “Ending the ‘Pretext Only/Pretext Plus’ Debate”
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Aug. 17, 1998, at 11
David A. Robinson, "Some Attorneys Find Happiness Selling Their Services 'Wholesale'"
Law Practice Management (American Bar Association publication), July/Aug. 1997, p. 22
David A. Robinson, “Wholesale Legal Services: A Viable Career Alternative”
Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Journal, April 1995, at 2
David A. Robinson, “Discovery of the Plaintiff’s Mental Health History in an Employment Discrimination Case”
16 Western New England Law Review 55 (1994)
David A. Robinson, “Let’s Cure Referencephobia” (why employers needn’t be quite as fearful of lawsuits when giving job references as many employers are, and what employers can do to improve the flow of useful information about employees)
Business West, Feb. 1993
David A. Robinson, “Age Discrimination: A Short Guide and a Practical Tip”
Chamber Channels (Springfield, Mass., Chamber of Commerce newsletter), June 1992
David A. Robinson, “Dissenters Need Not Apply: Private Employees and Free Speech”
Massachusetts Bar Association Labor and Employment Section News, April 1992
David A. Robinson, “Redefining the Advocate’s Role: A Contract Theory of Legal Ethics”
3 Western New England Law Review 409 (1981)