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About Robinson & Cole LLP

Robinson+Cole was founded in 1845 in Connecticut, and while the firm still has deep roots there, its presence now spans the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, California, and Florida. With more than 250 lawyers among its ranks, Robinson+Cole is an AmLaw 200 firm with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies.

From Trials to Transactions

Attorneys at Robinson+Cole work in 11 main practice areas, advising clients across a range of industries including construction, education, energy, exempt organizations, financial institutions, food and beverage, healthcare, insurance, IP & technology, manufacturing, coastal ports, real estate, and telecommunication. The firm also pens various blogs relating to some of these areas.

Close to one third of the firm’s lawyers practice in the litigation arena. The firm’s litigators are experienced in such areas as antitrust, business litigation, class actions, data privacy and cybersecurity, employment, environmental law, government enforcement, health care, product liability, real estate, and more. The firm touts its litigators’ trial experience and appellate experience.

Robinson+Cole’s transactional lawyers assist everyone from entrepreneurs to corporate legal departments with their business needs, including capital markets, investment management, M&A, private equity, and securities. The firm prides itself in a personalized approach through which it strives to understand the client’s market position, needs, and long-term goals. 

Real Estate, Bankruptcy & IP, Oh My

The firm has been recognized for its real estate work, which includes everything from commercial leasing to affordable housing and financing to litigating to project development, and more. Clients include large companies, lenders, retailers, developers, and state agencies. With an eye toward the future, Robinson+Cole opened offices in Philadelphia, PA, and Wilmington, DE, with a new team of bankruptcy lawyers in early 2019. The firm employs a cross-disciplinary approach to its bankruptcy matters, offering clients counsel in such areas as finance, hedge funds, M&A, regulatory law, and tax. Robinson+Cole also opened an office in Washington, DC, in 2022 with a team of IP attorneys, patent agents, and IP specialists, and has continued to expand its other offices with lateral hires.

Focused on Development

If there is one thing Robinson+Cole isn’t short on, it is support for its associates. The firm strives to give associates a voice through its Associates Council—a group that serves as liaisons between the associates and firm management. All associates also receive not just one, but two mentors—an associate mentor and a partner mentor—and practice groups create programs that contribute to the development of junior associates. The firm trains associates through its comprehensive “Litigation Academy” and “Transactional Academy” pathways, hosts frequent CLE programs, and offers unlimited PLI access. In furtherance of the firm’s engagement priority, interoffice travel is also encouraged at all levels. In addition to the direct support the firm provides associates, management receives training on DEI, leadership, mentorship, and attorney development so that each partner is personally adept at fostering an atmosphere of professional growth and meaningful development.

Robinson & Cole LLP

280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 275-3579

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Rhonda J. Tobin
Hiring Partner: Keisha S. Palmer
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2023:
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1,800 hours

Base Salary

All offices 1st year: $160,000-$180,000 2nd year: $165,000-$185,000 3rd year: $170,000-$190,000 4th year: $175,000-$195,000 5th year: $182,500-$202,500 6th year: $190,000-$210,000 7th year: $200,000-$220,000 8th year: $210,000-$230,000 Summer associate: $3,076.92–$3,461.54 weekly

Employment Contact

Catherine Duke
Chief Talent Officer
Phone: 212-451-2962
Kayla Dias
Legal Recruiting Manager
Phone: 617-557-5942
General Recruiting Email:

No. of U.S. Offices: 11

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Albany, NY
Boston, MA
Hartford, CT
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Providence, RI
Stamford, CT
Washington, DC
Wilmington, DE

Major Departments

Bankruptcy & Reorganizations
Business Transactions
Data Privacy & Cybersecurity
Environmental, Energy, and Telecommunications
Finance & Public Finance
Government Relations & Lobbying
Health Law
Insurance & Reinsurance
Intellectual Property
Labor, Employment, Benefits, & Immigration
Land Use
Managed Care and Employee Benefit Litigation
Real Estate & Development
Tax & Tax-Exempt Organizations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.