Brent A. Robinson

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Brent A. Robinson

Brent A. Robinson is an experienced trial lawyer and settlement negotiator who has obtained over $39 million in compensation for his clients.

Most cases settle before trial. However, settlement requires both sides to agree on what is reasonable compensation, and sometimes the very people who wronged the victim get to decide how much compensation to offer. As a result, victims are sometimes forced to choose between trial, and being wronged all over again by accepting a settlement that does not come close to making them whole. When Mr. Robinson’s clients are faced with that choice, they can confidently choose trial.

As a trial lawyer, Mr. Robinson’s role is to help his clients tell their story. Understandably, trial can be an intimidating prospect for victims; it requires them to face those who wronged them, and to testify about their traumas. But the experience of going to trial—of being heard and understood by a jury of one’s peers—can also be deeply empowering, and an integral part of coming to terms with trauma. Mr. Robinson employs thorough pre-trial investigative techniques to make sure the whole truth comes out at trial, and that fiction is met with fact.

Mr. Robinson has extensive experience litigating the full spectrum of employment claims, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, disparate impact, wage and hour, and Private Attorneys General Act claims. He also has experience litigating tort claims including wrongful death and serious personal injury claims. He has litigated numerous class actions and is currently serving as lead counsel prosecuting putative class claims for age discrimination in retirement benefits in Carroll v. City and County of San Francisco et al. in San Francisco Superior Court.

Prior to joining Winer, Burritt and Scott, LLP, Mr. Robinson spent three years litigating complex cases as part of a class action litigation group. In that role, he fought high-stakes battles against some of the top defense firms and the largest corporations, and established new law in California. See, Carroll v. City and County of San Francisco (2019) 41 Cal.App.5th 805, review and depublication denied (Jan. 29, 2020). His representative cases include:

  • Aghmane v. Bank of America Corporation N.A. (N.D.Cal. Case No. 4:13-cv-03698) (2018 $1.6m jury verdict, plus a finding of liability for punitive damages, and a subsequent confidential settlement);
  • Carroll v. City and County of San Francisco et al. (San Francisco Sup. Ct. Case No. CGC-17-526580; First Dist. Ct. of App. Case Nos. A154569 and A155208; Cal. Supreme Court Case No. S259558) (demurrer reversed on appeal, claims held timely under three separate equitable accrual doctrines, and governmental immunity rejected in published opinion; while appeal was pending, plaintiff remained party in trial court, compelled production of class list, and amended complaint to join additional class representatives); and
  • Cosio v. International Performing Arts Academy, LLC et al. (San Francisco Sup. Ct. Case No. CGC-16-551337; First Dist. Ct. of App. Case No. A153333) (class certified; two affirmative TROs and one preliminary injunction granted; appeal from first TRO and preliminary injunction dismissed; one affirmative motion to compel discovery as to defendants, and three affirmative motions to compel subpoenas as to non-party accountants and tax preparers).

Mr. Robinson spent the first four years of his career fighting for the rights of individual workers. His first trial came just two months after becoming a lawyer, when he represented a Spanish-speaking victim of wage theft. Against a defense lawyer with 20 years of experience, Mr. Robinson prevailed on all claims, obtained and enforced a judgment in his client’s favor, and was awarded a 2x lodestar multiplier.

Mr. Robinson attended the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he graduated in the top quintile. His work during law school garnered awards that include the CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Ethics, and the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers Award for outstanding appellate advocacy.

Prior to law school, Mr. Robinson served first as a volunteer, and then on the campaign staff of President Obama’s 2008 election campaigns. Mr. Robinson also spent six months doing issue advocacy at a national non-profit organization before going to law school.

Mr. Robinson obtained his undergraduate education at the University of California at Santa Barbara studying literature, primarily British literature and critical theory. He also spent a year studying literature at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. He grew up in the high deserts of Southern California.

Personal Interests

Mr. Robinson is an avid bicyclist and, when not sheltering in place, commutes daily by bike to the firm’s offices from his home in San Francisco. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his dog (husky mix, rescued from a shelter), rock climbing, camping, hiking, playing board games, and cooking.

Education

  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, 2008
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2012

Bar Admissions

  • All California State Courts, 2013
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 2014
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California, 2017

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Labor & Employment Section, California Lawyers Association

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