Robin Wolpert

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About


Robin Wolpert is an accomplished business litigator, criminal defense attorney, and appellate practitioner. With her unique blend of government, in-house, and private sector experience, Robin develops creative problem-solving strategies and, where necessary, manages litigation seamlessly from trial through appeal.

Robin handles a diverse mix of criminal and civil lawsuits and appeals, focusing on constitutional law, defamation, business fraud and misappropriation, money laundering, Title IX, data privacy and cybersecurity, and business compliance. She represents clients in litigation involving private parties or the government, including cases with parallel criminal and civil proceedings, civil and criminal appeals, and investigations.

Robin has extensive experience in compliance with federal and international anti-bribery and anticorruption standards—including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act, and anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism laws. In addition, she spent much of her career advising and litigating on behalf of state and local government as a prosecutor and outside counsel.

Always passionate about public service, Robin is Treasurer of the Institute for Well-Being In Law (IWIL), a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, and Treasurer of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. She was Chair of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board from 2017–2021, overseeing Minnesota’s attorney disciplinary system.

Robin is a past President of the Minnesota State Bar Association. She was Adjunct Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law teaching constitutional criminal procedure in 2022.

  • Memberships/Affiliations

    Institute for Well-Being In Law (IWIL), Treasurer (2021-present)

     ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism (2021-present)

     ABA House of Delegates (2020-present)

     National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being (2019–2020)

     National Conference of Bar Presidents:

    • Executive Council (2017–present):
    • Secretary (2020–2021)
    • Treasurer (2021–2022)

     Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board:

    • Chair (2017–2021)
    • Executive Committee (2015–2021)
    • Board of Directors (2013–2021)
    • Investigator (2007–12)

    Minnesota State Bar Association:

    • President (2016–2017)
    • President Elect (2015–2016)
    • Treasurer (2014–2015)
    • Secretary (2013–2014)

    Commission on Juvenile Sentencing For Heinous Crimes (2016–18)

    Minnesota State Bar Association Criminal Law Section Council, 2017-present

    Commission On Judicial Selection (10th Judicial District) (2011–16)

    Minnesota County Attorneys Association, appellate and best practices committees (2013- 15)

    Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society:

    • Chair (2015)
    • Vice-Chair (2014)
    • Secretary (2013)
    • Treasurer (2012)

    Minnesota State Bar Association Appellate Practice Section Council Chair (2011)

  • Professional Recognition

    Top Women Lawyers, 2017- 2022

    Named 2018 D & I Honoree by The Minnesota Lawyer click here

    SuperLawyers, 2017- 2022

    Named “2016 Attorney of the Year” by The Minnesota Lawyer, click here

    Named “2012 Attorney of the Year” by The Minnesota Lawyer, click here

    Named “Minnesota Rising Star,” by Minnesota Law & Politics (2011)

    Amicus Service Award, International Municipal Lawyers Association
    (2008)

    Lawsuit of the Year, Minnesota Law & Politics (2008)

    Minnesota Citizens Commission For The Preservation Of An Impartial Judiciary (Governor Al Quie, Chair), Reporter 2006-07

Education

J.D., cum laude, Cornell Law School (2001)
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Chicago (1995) B.A., Colby College (1985)

Court Admissions

State of Minnesota
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Personal

Favorite Travel Spot: Langkawi, Malaysia

Favorite Sport: Downhill skiing

Theme Song: Mahler 5 (Previously) Little Known Fact: I am a former college professor and I love working with the next generation.

Favorite Part of Being a Lawyer: Empowering my clients to achieve their goals and partnering with them to create options for success both inside and outside the legal process.

Favorite Charity or Non-profit: Urban Ventures in Minneapolis Friends Describe You As: Creative and passionate about serving clients, the legal profession, and the public.