David B. Robbins is a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Government Contracts Practice. Mr. Robbins is an experienced litigator, investigations lawyer, and strategic business counselor with a broad skillset focused on ethics, compliance, M&A/diligence, investigations, crisis management, and enforcement defense for government contractors, grant recipients, and regulated industries.
Mr. Robbins advises clients on a range of litigation matters, including civil False Claims Act defense, parallel civil and criminal fraud enforcement proceedings, claims, requests for equitable adjustment, whistleblower reprisal defense, and prime/sub disputes. He also handles matters involving high-stakes, complex internal investigations, mandatory disclosures, claims, trade secrets litigation, ethics/compliance, conflicts of interest, fraud and public corruption defense, bid protests, General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule contracting, Procurement Integrity Act, Anti-Kickback Act, and suspension and debarment.
As a trusted business advisor, Mr. Robbins provides strategic advice to executives and in-house counsel on their most pressing business needs, including M&A due diligence, mitigating issues found during diligence, and post-merger integration. Mr. Robbins actively counsels companies concerning COVID-19 incident response and the provision of COVID-19 countermeasures such as vaccines and PPE to the US government. Mr. Robbins has represented audit committees and special board committees in high stakes, government-facing matters. In Chambers USA, clients describe him as a “[c]reative strategic thinker,” emphasizing that “he finds opportunities where other lawyers have given up.” These attributes cause clients to turn to Mr. Robbins to achieve global resolutions in their most complex civil and criminal fraud matters.
Mr. Robbins is a former Air Force General Counsel’s office senior lawyer, where he ran the global Air Force’s Procurement Fraud Remedies Office and served as acting Suspending and Debarring Official and Deputy General Counsel (Contractor Responsibility). Mr. Robbins advised Air Force, Defense, and Intelligence Community senior leaders on a wide range of acquisition issues. During his tenure, he and his teams were responsible for thousands of civil False Claims Act matters, criminal fraud cases, and suspension/debarment exclusion proceedings. Mr. Robbins also co-ran the Department of Defense Procurement Fraud Working Group, a collection of agents, lawyers, auditors, and acquisition officials who gathered monthly to discuss best practices and set standards, with an intense focus on False Claims Act matters. He was also a member of the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee. These two committees coordinated the operations of the government’s procurement and grant fraud organization, setting practices that remain in use today.
Mr. Robbins frequently speaks and publishes on government contracts topics, including in Thomson Reuters Government Contracts Year in Review. He is the primary author and editor of the ABA Publications peer-reviewed book The Procurement Fraud Guidebook: System, Stakeholders, and Response Strategies.
Mr. Robbins earned his BA from Yale University and received his JD and MBA from the University of Maryland.