John Robinson is a member of the public entity team. His practice focuses on defending police officers and departments in civil rights actions. Prior to joining the firm in November 2019, Mr. Robinson was a prosecutor with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. During his time as a deputy district attorney, he tried 29 trials (13 jury) to verdict.
Since entering civil practice, Mr. Robinson has obtained dismissals on summary judgment in defense of the Pinole and Emeryville Police Departments. He also won motions to dismiss complaints in defense of the Napa County Sheriff’s Office and the San Pablo Police Department. In July 2020, Mr. Robinson successfully defended a jury verdict in favor of the BART Police Department before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In April 2021, he co-chaired a jury trial in the Northern District of California and obtained a defense verdict for the City of Antioch. He also provides trainings for law enforcement officers, police departments, and the Public Agency Risk Management Association (PARMA).
Mr. Robinson is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. From 2003 to 2007, he served as an enlisted infantry squad leader during two combat deployments to the Middle East.