Jeffrey S. Robbins

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  • Boston University School of Law (JD)
  • Brown University (BA)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Jeff specializes in complex civil litigation, including litigation involving allegations of fraud, First Amendment issues, and claims of defamation.

In 1997, Jeff was appointed Deputy Chief Counsel for the Minority of the US Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Special Investigation into campaign fundraising practices, in which capacity he represented the Democratic senators in connection with the full Committee's investigation into fundraising during the 1996 presidential election. He also served as Chief Counsel for the Minority of the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, representing the Ranking Member and the Democratic senators in connection with the Subcommittee's investigations into areas that included Medicare fraud and governmental waste and abuse.

Between 1987 and 1990, Jeff served as an Assistant US Attorney in the District of Massachusetts, focusing on civil fraud investigations and litigation against governmental contractors, physicians, and pharmacies. In 1989, he was appointed as the first Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Division of the US Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, in which capacity he oversaw investigations and asset forfeiture cases involving narcotics and money laundering rings. He received commendations from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the General Services Administration.

He has represented a number of parties in connection with Congressional investigations, and has been appointed as Special Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, representing the former Secretary of State of the Commonwealth in connection with Congressional redistricting and public records litigation.

He was lead counsel in two seminal cases decided by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in the area of defamation:  Astra USA v. Bildman, 455 Mass. 116 (2009) and Scholz v. Boston Herald, Inc., 41 N.E. 3d 38 (2015), in each of which summary judgment for the defendant was affirmed.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the United States Department of Justice Special Achievement Award and the American Jewish Committee’s Human Rights Award. He has been designated as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer from 2004-2007 and from 2011-2017, and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Jeff writes regularly for the Boston Herald, The Observer and the Times of Israel on politics, foreign policy and national security issues, and his op-eds have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe and the Christian Science Monitor

Jeff was twice appointed as a United States Delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in the Clinton Administration. He served as Chairman of the New England Board of the Anti-Defamation League from 2012 to 2014, and as President of the World Affairs Council of Boston (World Boston) between 2001 and 2004.  

He is a 1978 graduate of Brown University, and a 1982 graduate, cum laude, of the Boston University School of Law.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Chambers USA: Nationwide – First Amendment Litigation (2018)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Business Litigation (2004 – 2007, 2011 – 2017)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law
  • Board of Directors, Anti-Defamation League of New England
  • Board of Directors, American Jewish Committee
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice of Political Science, Brown University (2016 – present)