Mark P. Robinson, Jr.
19 Corporate Plaza
Newport Beach, California 92660
Mark P. Robinson, Jr. is the founder, owner and senior partner of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc. (RCRSD) based in Newport Beach, California with offices located in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. Mr. Robinson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and graduated cum laude from Loyola School of Law. He has established a prominent legal practice devoted to consumer safety and has been counsel or co-counsel in cases in 46 states. He has worked on thousands of product liability cases, including the landmark Ford Pinto case, Grimshaw v. Ford Motor Company, where the jury awarded $128 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The Ford Pinto verdict was recognized by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America as one of the ten most significant civil trials of the past millennium.
Mark Robinson’s other significant trials include: Anderson v. General Motors, where a Los Angeles jury awarded $4.9 billion for burn victims in an GM automobile crash; Barnett v. Merck, where Mr. Robinson obtained a $51 million verdict in New Orleans federal court against the manufacturer of Vioxx; Ketchum vs. Hyundai, where a Los Angeles County jury awarded $15 million to a young boy paralyzed by a defective seat belt during a collision; Oliver vs. Nissan, where a jury returned a $9 million verdict in a product liability case in Los Angeles County; Siu v. General Motors, where a San Diego jury returned a $9 million judgment in a product liability case; and Fair v. Ford, where a jury awarded $12 million in a crash involving a defective Kentucky school bus.
Mr. Robinson is the current National Vice-President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and has been elected to serve in 2014 as the ABOTA National President. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a highly selective professional society of trial lawyers and judges (including every member of the Supreme Court of the United States) whose limited members are selected only by invitation. In 2013 he will serve as the President of the Orange County Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2011, he was chosen to serve on the Judicial Council of California Court Case Management Internal Committee. In 2011, Mr. Robinson was inducted by the California Bar Association (Litigation Section) into their Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. In 2010, as well as in 1999, Mr. Robinson received the California Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, presented annually by California Lawyer magazine. In 2008, Mark P. Robinson, Jr. was named California ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year for California. In 2008, he was also honored by the Anti-Defamation League (Orange County/Long Beach) with a Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award. In 2007, he received the Champion of Justice Award from the Civil Justice Program in Southern California. In 2006, he was named “Mass Tort Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Robinson is also a Founding Member of the Orange County Bar Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that offers programs and services aimed at helping youth, their families and the community.
Mark P. Robinson, Jr. has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America and has been consistently named as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the State of California. In 2001, California Law Business named Mr. Robinson one of the top ten "Most Influential Lawyers in California." In 1999, he was selected by California Lawyer magazine as one of the "Lawyers of the Year." Mr. Robinson was elected to serve in 1999 as President of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), formerly the California Trial Lawyers Association. In 1996 and 1978, Mr. Robinson was honored as “Personal Injury Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Robinson has served as a Board Member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) [now the American Association for Justice (AAJ)], the Association of Business Trial Lawyers Orange County Chapter, and the International Society of Barristers. He is one of the five founders of the Attorney Information Exchange Group (AIEG). He is past President of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, and, in 2001, he served as President of the Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund. He has also served as Lawyer Representative to the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference (1999-2002).
In mass tort complex litigation, Mr. Robinson has extensive litigation and leadership experience. Those leadership roles include the following fourteen (14) federal multidistrict litigations:
- Plaintiffs' Co-Lead Counsel - In re Zoloft Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2342
- Plaintiffs' Executive Committee - In re Actos (Pioglitazone), MDL No. 2299
- Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee - In re Fosamax Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2243
- Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee – In re DePuy ASR, MDL No. 2197
- Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel for PI cases – In re Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2151
- Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee – In re Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2100
- Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee – In re Heparin Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1953
- Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee – In re Medtronic Inc., Sprint Fidelis Leads Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1905
- Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee – In re Bextra and Celebrex Marketing, Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1699
- Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee – In re Vioxx Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1657
- Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee – In re Zyprexa Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1596
- Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee – In re Baycol Products Litigation, MDL No. 1431
- Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee – In re Bridgestone/ Firestone Inc., Tires Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1373
- Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee – In re Rezulin Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1348
Mr. Robinson has authored or co-authored numerous publications and articles on tort law practice. He was a contributing author to Products Liability Litigation: Product Studies, Clark, Boardman Callaghan (1996) and A Guide to Toxic Torts, Matthew Bender & Company (1987). Other recent publications include: "Prescription Drug Over Promotion: How Marketing, Sales and Profit Evidence Can Affect Critical Issues of Warnings and Causation", Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California, Advocate (February, 2007).