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      William T. Robinson

                  Tel. (206) 399-6474

Bill Robinson has over thirty five years of transactional experience in domestic and international law practice. Since earning his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington in 1973, Bill has represented public and private sector clients in business, legislative, energy and financial matters.Bill has lived in Japan and Russia, and since 1990 has focused on serving clients doing business in and with Russia and its neighboring countries. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on corporate governance, rule of law, and other issues related to risk management and doing business in Russia. His civic activities have included serving on boards of the Rural Development Institute, the University of Washington School of Law, the Evergreen State College, the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, the Rotary Club of Seattle, and the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation.


Practice Areas

Strategic and Business Planning, Business Liability and Risk Management, International Corporate and Business Law, Technology Development and Protection, Business Formation and Contracting, Trade and Investment in Russia, Joint Ventures and Foreign Commercial Transactions, International Legal Compliance, Government Relations, Privatization and International Dispute Resolution.


Bar Admissions

Washington State Bar Association, 1973

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1974


University of Washington School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1973

Whitworth College, B.A. (International Relations), 1970

Mackinac College, with studies at the Language Institute of

            Japan and the College of Chinese Culture, Taiwan, 1967-69

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 1966-67


Professional and Business Associations

Washington State Bar Association, International Practice Section

American Bar Association, International Law Section

American Bar Association, Eurasia Law Committee

US-Russia Business Council

Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation

Washington State Public/Private Task Force on Regulatory Reform, Co-Chair (1976-1977)

Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s Product Liability Task Force, Chair (1976- 1979)

American Retail Federation, Board of Directors (1976-1979)

National Conference of State Retail Associations, Chairman (1979)


Community and International Service

Rural Development Institute, Board of Directors (1986-Present, Chairman, 1989-1992)

University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Advisory Board (2000-present)

Seattle Rotary Service Foundation, Board of Trustees (2000-2003)

Rotary Club of Seattle, Board of Directors (2008-2010)

Russian American Pacific Partnership, (1995-present);

Served as American Co-chair of Fisheries, Legal and Economic Committees

Seattle Pacific University, Mentor Program

Whitworth College, School of Global Management and Commerce, Advisory Board

University of Washington School of Law, Board of Visitors (1990-1996)

International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians; International Commodore (2005-2007)

Foundation for Glacial and Environmental Research, Board of Directors (1981-1999)

The Evergreen State College, Board of Trustees (1983-1989; Chairman 1985-1986)

Seattle Mountain Rescue Council, Medic, Operations Leader, Board of Trustees (1974-1983)

King County Search and Rescue Association (1974-1978; Chairman, 1976-1978)

District 5030 Russian Rotary Chair

Rotary International US-Russia InterCountry Committee, Board of Directors

Russian American Rule of Law Project (2002-present)


Avocational Activities

Commercial Pilot with Multi-Engine, Instrument, Land and Sea Ratings

United States Coast Guard, Masters License

Climbing, cross-country and alpine skiing, scuba diving, flying, boating, fishing


William T. Robinson PLLC  

685 Spring Street #133   Friday Harbor Washington 98250

Tel: (206) 399-6474     Fax: (206) 770-6530