Benjamin J. Robinson
Ben Robinson is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Orlando office and focuses his practice on high-stakes construction litigation, complex business litigation, white collar crime and healthcare litigation.
Mr. Robinson represents corporations and corporate officers implicated in private arbitrations and litigations in state and federal court as well as civil and criminal matters before federal and state agencies. He has a wealth of litigation experience, including matters involving claims under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), False Claims Act (FCA), federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). In addition, Mr. Robinson has experience conducting internal company investigations and reviewing corporate compliance programs.
In his construction practice, Mr. Robinson represents contractors, owners and manufacturers in a range of industrial, commercial and infrastructure projects across the United States. His experience includes high-value lawsuits in state and federal courts arising out of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects; public-private partnerships (P3s); oil, gas, petrochemical and power-generation facilities; inefficiency and delay claims; construction defects and a multitude of other contract disputes.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Robinson was a litigation attorney for a Florida-based law firm, and for a global law firm in its Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Robinson also served in government as deputy rules officer and counsel to the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, and its five advisory committees on the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil and Criminal Procedure, and Federal Rules of Evidence. His public service included providing counsel on rules-related issues to the federal rules committees, Judicial Conference, U.S. Supreme Court and Congress.
While in law school, Mr. Robinson worked as a judicial extern for the Hon. Gregory A. Presnell of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He also served on the editorial board of the Florida Law Review. Prior to law school, Mr. Robinson spent several years at IBM Corp. providing consulting services to various U.S. military and intelligence agencies.
- Successfully defended one of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers in sprawling $300 million federal suit brought by engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor arising from the construction of a 1,000-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power generation facility
- Serving as project counsel to the EPC contractor responsible for the $2.3 billion public-private partnership (P3) reconstruction of a major highway corridor
- Lead litigation counsel in the prosecution (and favorable settlement) of a public bid protest with an expected contract value in excess of $1 billion
- Successfully argued statutory interpretation case concerning entitlement to an attorney's fees award before Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal
- Secured court-appointed receiver and successfully levied trademarks and other intellectual property (IP) assets of sports-themed beverage company on behalf of private lender
- Achieved a global settlement on behalf of client sued in arbitration for $11 million for breach of contract; defense strategy resulted in the client paying nothing, but the opponent, the original claimant, made a settlement payment to the client to resolve the dispute
- Managed and successfully defended complicated low-income housing tax credit litigation, with multimillion-dollar guaranty in controversy
- Successfully represented Saudi corporations and individuals in multidistrict litigation relating to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States
- Represented a Fortune 100 independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products in successful litigation and arbitration to recover losses arising from pollution conditions at a California refinery under Pollution Legal Liability Select Insurance Policy
- Trial counsel who helped win an eight-figure verdict against the state's largest privately held healthcare company in a Delaware reverse merger involving the squeeze out of minority owners, which included extensive issues of business valuation
- Lead litigation counsel in complex healthcare dispute in both federal and state courts involving fiduciary obligations of accountable care organizations (ACOs); achieved pretrial settlement on behalf of client securing 100 percent of claimed damages
- Assisted in successfully defending a renowned physician and nursing home medical director in investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into alleged violations of the federal Anti-Kickback and Health Care Fraud statutes
- University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude
- Wabash College, A.B., summa cum laude
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- Federal Bar Association, Chair, Government Relations Committee
- Lawyers For Civil Justice
- Orlando Science Center, Board of Trustees
- DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
- The Florida Bar, Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, 2018-2021
- George C. Young American Inn of Court, Barrister
- Orange County Bar Association
- National Association of Wabash Men, Board Member
- Florida Law Review, Articles Editor
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2017, 2018
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated