Joshua M. Robbins


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jrobbins@ggtriallaw.com
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Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa Street
30th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Main: (213) 334-7000

Orange County

650 Town Center Drive
Suite 1700
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Main: (949) 383-2800


“[A] top-notch litigator; superb legal writer; and skilled wordsmith who transforms complex legal arguments into simple and compelling narratives in the courtroom.”  – Benchmark Litigation

Josh Robbins, the chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Department, has represented the governments of the United States and other sovereign nations, Global 500 and Fortune 500 corporations, and individuals in jury trials, appeals before federal circuit courts and the United States Supreme Court, international arbitrations, and complex government investigations.  He has been lead trial counsel in numerous high-profile cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars at issue and significant national and international public attention, including matters reported in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, CNBC, the Investigation Discovery channel, and Forbes.com.

Before joining Greenberg Gross, Mr. Robbins served for nearly seven years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California.  In that role, he was lead counsel in various federal jury trials and appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as dozens of other federal white-collar investigations involving securities fraud, healthcare fraud and kickbacks, bank fraud and public corruption.  As a computer hacking and intellectual property crimes prosecutor, he also investigated and prosecuted cybercrime and intellectual property crime cases.

In addition, Mr. Robbins has practiced in the Washington DC offices of two major international law firms, where he represented corporate, sovereign, and individual clients in matters ranging from Supreme Court appeals to international treaty-based arbitrations to FCPA investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC.  

Representative Matters

Government Investigations and Enforcement

  • Lead counsel for national medical supply company in DOJ investigation into suspected health care fraud and kickback scheme
  • Lead counsel for health care provider in DOJ investigation of alleged fraud and kickback scheme, as well as related civil rights lawsuit and parallel $80 million civil litigation
  • Lead counsel for behavioral health company in investigation by state attorney general
  • Lead counsel for marketing company and its CEO in SEC and DOJ investigations
  • Lead counsel for chief medical officer of major health care company in investigation by DOJ and California Department of Managed Health Care
  • Lead counsel for former general counsel of defense contractor in DOJ investigation
  • Lead counsel for executives of digital marketing company in DOJ cybercrime investigation
  • Lead counsel for investment advisor in DOJ securities fraud investigation
  • Lead counsel for various subjects of FTC consumer fraud investigations
  • As prosecutor, led investigation of $580 million healthcare kickback and public corruption investigation that state officials described as the largest insurance fraud case in the history of California; obtained convictions of nine hospital executives, doctors and chiropractors
  • As prosecutor, led the securities fraud trial of CEO of high-profile real estate investment company, involving scheme that ended in $170 million bankruptcy; defendant convicted on all counts
  • As prosecutor, led tax fraud trial of CEO of tax preparation company in scheme involving $200 million in false tax claims against the government; defendant convicted on all counts
  • As prosecutor, led health care fraud trial of two participants in $70 million healthcare fraud scheme; defendants convicted on all counts

International Arbitration and Litigation

  • Co-lead counsel for IT services company in international litigation and arbitration regarding theft of trade secrets and breach of cross-border service contract
  • Lead trial counsel for a Maltese investment company in a $200 million arbitration against the government of Austria regarding violations of the Malta-Austria bilateral investment treaty, resulting from criminal and regulatory enforcement actions against an Austrian Bank.
  • Represented a U.S. technology company in litigation in the Southern District of New York regarding a Danish competitor’s attempt to enforce an arbitral award.
  • Represented the family of a victim of state-sponsored terrorism in an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding an attempt to enforce U.S. court judgment.
  • Represented a Central American government in defending a mass arbitration claim brought by several hundred Canadian investors relating to the collapse of a Costa Rican Ponzi scheme.
  • Represented an Asian government as the defendant in litigation in the Southern District of New York regarding an attempt to enforce pre-Communist era sovereign bonds.

Business Trials and Appeals

  • Lead trial counsel for major national marketing company in $100 million arbitration involving fraud in M&A transaction
  • Co-lead trial counsel for auto dealership executive in multi-million dollar arbitration against leading national dealership chain
  • Co-lead appellate and trial counsel for executive in $100 million dispute with auto dealership company regarding fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract
  • Lead appellate counsel for prominent law firm in lawsuit alleging breach of fiduciary duty
  • Lead counsel for health care provider in trademark lawsuit
  • Lead counsel for health care provider in malicious prosecution litigation

Awards & Recognitions

  • SEC Director’s Award for Criminal Coordination (2015)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Vice President, Harvard Law School Association of Orange County

Publications & Lectures

  • 5th Amendment Strategy For Parallel Civil, Criminal Litigation
    August 8, 2019 | Law360 | Read Article
  • Taking the Fifth in Parallel Criminal and Civil Proceedings
    July 22, 2019 | Law360 | Read Article
  • New Lessons About Data Breaches and Insider Trading
    July 11, 2018 | Daily Journal | Read Article
  • Once More Unto The Breach
    Spring 2018 | Criminal Justice | Read Article
  • Gag Orders on Grand Jury Subpoenas to Banks: The Next First Amendment Frontier?
    December 12, 2017 | California Lawyer | Read Article
  • In Microsoft Case, the Supreme Court Considers Law Enforcement Power in a Globalized and Digital World
    December 2017 | OC Lawyer | Read Article
  • Growing Risk of Insider Trading on Data Breaches
    October 19, 2017 | Daily Journal | Read Article
  • When Trade Secrets Cases Go Criminal: Part 2
    June 28, 2017 | Law360 | Read Article
  • When Trade Secrets Cases Go Criminal: Part 1
    June 27, 2017 | Law360 | Read Article
  • Waymo v. Uber: A Harbinger of Fifth Amendment Challenges in Corporate Investigations?
    June 26, 2017 | California Lawyer | Read Article
  • Finality under the Washington and New York Conventions: Another Swing of the Pendulum? 
    May 24, 2017 | ICSID Review
  • Suits Against Foreign Sovereigns: Mixed Bag for Energy Companies
    January 17, 2017 | Law360
  • The Lagarde Prosecution: A Blow to Finality in Investor-State Arbitration?
    January 4, 2017 | disputes.global
  • Yes, We Can (Order a Country to Suspend Criminal Prosecution and Extradition): Hydro v. Albania Redux
    Oct 27, 2016 | disputes.global
  • Congress Overturns Presidential Veto on FSIA, Authorizing Suits Against Saudi Arabia for September 11
    September 29, 2016 | disputes.global
  • Another International Arbitral Tribunal Orders Extradition and Criminal Proceedings Halted
    September 22, 2016 | disputes.global
  • Second Circuit Microsoft Decision May Change International Investigations and Cloud Computing Architecture, But Perhaps Not in the Way Many Think
    August 31, 2016 | disputes.global
  • Can International Arbitrators Order a Country to Stop Criminal Proceedings?
    August 24, 2016 | disputes.global
  • Investment Treaties: An Overlooked Anti-Corruption Tool
    Jun 15, 2016 | Inside Counsel

In the News

  • Greenberg Gross Recognized in Benchmark Litigation California 2020
    October 4, 2019 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Taking the Fifth and Parallel Criminal and Civil Proceedings – Partner Josh Robbins Authors Daily Journal and Law360 Articles
    August 13, 2019 | Daily Journal and Law360 | Read Article
  • Experts to In-House Counsel at Drug Companies: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid – Corporate Counsel Turns to Partner Joshua Robbins for Insight on DOJ Crackdown
    July 26, 2019 | Corporate Counsel | Read Article
  • Economic Espionage at Equifax Highlights Challenges in Protecting Sensitive Information – Joshua Robbins Featured in LegalTech News Article
    September 18, 2018 | LegalTech News | Read Article
  • After His Conviction, Prosecutors Aren’t Done With Manafort – Partner Josh Robbins Featured in Law360 Article
    August 22, 2018 | Law360 | Read Article
  • After a Breach, a Company’s Biggest Risk Is Its Employees – Joshua Robbins Featured in LegalTech News and Yahoo Finance
    July 17, 2018 | LegalTech News | Read Article
  • Working Both Sides of the Corporate Crime Aisle – Josh Robbins Featured in Corporate Crime Reporter Q&A
    July 5, 2018 | Corporate Crime Reporter | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross LLP Ranked in Benchmark Litigation California 2018; Three Partners Ranked as Local Litigation Stars
    June 12, 2018 | News | Read Article
  • Intel’s Hack-Up: Don’t Hide Your Flaws – Joshua M. Robbins Featured in Lawyer Monthly Q&A
    April 10, 2018 | Lawyer Monthly | Read Article
  • Equifax’s Liabilities Pile on After Discovery of New Compromised Data – Joshua Robbins Featured in LegalTech News Article
    March 8, 2018 | LegalTech News | Read Article
  • Joshua Robbins Provides Insight on Why Paul Manafort Has Yet to Cut a Plea Deal in Law360 Article
    March 6, 2018 | Law360 | Read Article
  • After Big Waymo Settlement, Uber Criminal Probe Still Looms – Joshua Robbins Quoted in Law360 Article
    February 13, 2018 | Law360 | Read Article
  • Intel CEO Sold Stock Before Disclosing Security Flaw. What Happens Next?: Joshua M. Robbins Featured in Inside Counsel Article
    January 16, 2018 | Inside Counsel | Read Article
  • Litigations Mount in Intel Security Flaw Fallout: Joshua Robbins Featured in Daily Journal Article
    January 12, 2018 | Daily Journal | Read Article
  • More Details Emerge of Uber’s Tactics for Thwarting Police Raids: Joshua Robbins Featured in TechCrunch Article
    January 11, 2018 | Tech Crunch | Read Article
  • Business Insider Turns to Joshua Robbins to Discuss Implications of Intel CEO’s Stock Sale Before Disclosing Security Flaw
    January 9, 2018 | Business Insider | Read Article
  • Joshua M. Robbins Weighs in on FIFA Verdict in Law360 Article
    January 3, 2018 | Law360 | Read Article
  • Joshua M. Robbins Featured in Inside Counsel Article: Why Uber’s Cybersecurity Breach Could Be Worse Than Equifax’s
    December 6, 2017 | Inside Counsel | Read Article
  • Daily Journal Names Greenberg Gross One of California’s Top Law Firms
    October 26, 2017 | Los Angeles Daily Journal | Read Article
  • Joshua Robbins Featured in Law360 Article About DOJ “Gag-Order” Policy Changes
    October 24, 2017 | Law360 | Read Article
  • Joshua Robbins Featured in Inside Counsel Article on Equifax Breach
    October 17, 2017 | Inside Counsel | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross Sues Government Agencies Over Illegal Raid of Rehab Company
    October 11, 2017 | Los Angeles Daily Journal | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross Challenges Government Secrecy In Major Federal Investigation
    September 27, 2017 | Los Angeles Daily Journal | Read Article
  • Daily Journal: Greenberg Gross Brings in Former Federal Prosecutor
    May 8, 2017 | Los Angeles Daily Journal | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross LLP Adds Former Federal White Collar Crime Prosecutor
    May 3, 2017 | Press Release | Read Article

Education

J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2004

  • Harvard International Law Journal, Editor
  • Vis International Arbitration Moot Court Competition, Team Captain

M.A.L.D., Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 2004

A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard College (Government), 1999

  • John Harvard Scholarship

Clerkship

Law Clerk for the Honorable Stanley Marcus, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2004 to 2005)

Admissions

  • State of California
  • State of New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

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