Mr. Robin is a partner in the Real Estate Department where he represents many real estate investors, developers, and users, as well as a number of non-real estate corporate clients and law firms in commercial and civic projects, including Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, SIMEON Commercial Properties, Simpson Manufacturing Company, San Francisco Jazz Organization, San Francisco Quaker School, SF University High School, Town School, Hana Ranch Hotel, Hotel Vitale, Margaret E. Haas Foundation, Oracle, Synopsys Inc., Neustar Inc., Lucas Chang Investments, American College of Ophthalmology. He also counsels several clients from Asia who invest in the United States as well as advises clients who invest in China.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Robin had served as Associate General Counsel at MetLife where his expertise included property acquisitions, partnership formations, sale-leasebacks, project development, and construction and leasing activities on projects in 13 states including California, Washington, Arizona, Oregon, and Colorado. Mr. Robin was an integral member of the team that structured, planned, financed, leased and operated California Plaza, a Community Redevelopment Agency project that covers twelve acres on Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles. He currently represents MetLife in lending transactions, including shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, and mixed use projects.
In September 2000, Mr. Robin was a Member of the California Senate Delegation to Beijing, Shanghai, and Jiangsu Province, China that was led by Senators John Vasconcellos and Debra Bowen. In April 2001, Mr. Robin was a Member of the California Senate Delegation to Tokyo, Shizuoka, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, Japan, led by Assemblyman George Nakomo. In October 2002, Mr. Robin was a Member of the California Senate Delegation to Shanghai, Beijing, and the Three Gorges Dam, led by Senator James Brulte, Minority Leader of the Senate, and Robert Hertzberg, Emeritus Speaker of the Assembly. In October 2003, he was a Member of the California Senate Delegation to Hong Kong and Taiwan, led by Senator James Brulte. In November 2004, he was a Member of the California Senate Delegation to Hangzhou, Kumming, Li Jiang, and Shanghai, led by Senators Romero and Torlakson. In September 2005, he was a Member of the California Senate Delegation to Hong Kong, Dalian, Beijing, and Shanghai, led by Senators Romero, Torlakson, and Brulte.