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Andrea J. Robinson

Partner

Vice Chair, Securities Department

Robinson, Andrea J.

Andrea Robinson's practice focuses on securities, insurance sales practice and other financial services and commercial litigation, including SEC, FINRA and other regulatory enforcement matters. She is a vice chair of the firm's Securities Department, a vice chair of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Working Group, and a member of the firm's Management Committee. She joined the firm in 1990.

Ms. Robinson has extensive experience defending individual, derivative and class actions, including numerous cases involving alleged misstatements, accounting improprieties, insider trading, market manipulation and sales practice misconduct. Her regulatory and enforcement practice has encompassed wide-ranging matters, including those relating to alleged insider trading, options backdating, accounting improprieties, revenue sharing, market timing, late trading, 12b-1 fees, failures to supervise, disclosure, gifts and gratuities, sales practice and suitability issues. In addition, she has conducted internal investigations, counseled corporate clients regarding litigation avoidance strategies and compliance programs, and advised boards of directors regarding their fiduciary and other obligations.

In 1994, Ms. Robinson served as a special assistant district attorney for Middlesex County, prosecuting criminal cases for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a leader in securities litigation in the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in securities litigation in the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of Boston Magazine
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of the Best Lawyers in America for her commercial litigation practice
  • Described in a 2012 Best Lawyers survey as “an incredibly astute and strategic litigator. But beyond that, she is a pleasure to work with—responsive and practical at every turn.”

Publications & News

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June 25, 2014

US Supreme Court Decides Closely Watched Case on ERISA "Stock Drop" Class Actions

In Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, a decision written by Justice Breyer, the US Supreme Court unanimously held that plan fiduciaries are not entitled to any special “presumption of prudence” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) when they decide to buy or hold employer stock in an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).

June 25, 2014

US Supreme Court Updates Basic Inc. v. Levinson Presumption of Reliance for Class Certification Motions in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.

In Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., a decision authored by Chief Justice Roberts, the US Supreme Court on Monday reversed the Fifth Circuit's decision certifying a class in a securities fraud class action brought under section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 10b-5.

May 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

August 15, 2013

Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Eight “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry. The 2014 list also highlights eight WilmerHale partners who have been named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

March 30, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Preliminary Results Announced

November 8, 2011

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Announces Early Warning Notice Process for Enforcement Proceedings

August 4, 2011

SEC Whistleblower Bounties: 10 Things Companies Can Do Right Now To Stay Ahead

July 18, 2011

President Obama Selects Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to Head New Bureau

Recent Highlights

  • The dismissal by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York of two separate securities class actions brought under the Securities Act and Securities Exchange Act alleging false or misleading statements in connection with structured asset holdings and valuations, capital adequacy, risk controls, and the acquisition and integration of a European bank by a large international banking and financial services company
  • The dismissal by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida of a complaint asserting common law violations including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, aiding and abetting fraud, and negligent misrepresentation by a custodian of accounts managed by third party investment manager
  • The dismissal by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts of Securities Act and Securities Exchange Act claims brought on behalf of a putative class against a provider of demand response solutions to grid operators and utilities
  • Rulings by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Supreme Court of the State of New York dismissing securities fraud cases filed by arbitrageurs against a company and certain of its officers in connection with statements allegedly made about an anticipated merger that was not ultimately consummated
  • The dismissal of a putative nationwide class action against a leading insurance carrier in a complex multi-district litigation which asserted, among others, RICO, ERISA, antitrust and common law claims relating to the payment of contingent commissions to insurance brokers
  • The dismissal by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts of a class action complaint challenging, under RICO and the Massachusetts consumer protection statute, the nationwide sale of equity indexed annuities to seniors
  • The dismissal by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts of a shareholder class action alleging securities fraud by a biotechnology company accused of issuing financial statements made misleading by channel stuffing
  • The dismissal by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts of a shareholder class action alleging securities fraud by a software developer and certain of its inside and outside directors
  • A ruling by the Massachusetts Superior Court that the commonwealth's statutory business judgment standard, rather than Delaware's Unocal standard, governs the response of a Massachusetts company's board of directors to a perceived threat to the company's independence  
  • A ruling by a Florida state court denying plaintiff's motion to certify a class of policyholders alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment by a life insurance company
  • The dismissal by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey of a shareholder class action asserting insider trading claims against a mutual fund company alleged to have sold securities on the basis of material inside information received from an issuer
  • The dismissal by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts of derivative claims asserting that allegedly excessive executive compensation was misrepresented in proxy statements and violated state law

Professional Activities

Ms. Robinson is a member of the American Bar Association, Boston Bar Association and the ALIC (Association of Life Insurance Counsel).

Practices

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Education

JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1984, Virginia Law Review, Order of the Coif

AB, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1981, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

District of Columbia

New York