William T. Robinson, J.D.

Seattle, United States

Professional Practice:

Bill Robinson has over thirty seven years of transactional experience in domestic and international law practice, and specializes in international business law. He has lived in Japan and Russia, and since 1990 has worked with over 150 clients and projects in eight republics of the former Soviet Union and many regions of Russia. Bill advises clients on how to structure business operations in Russia and other countries, and how to manage legal issues related to international trade and investment. His international practice as relates to Russia is equally divided between representing Russian-owned companies, and Western or Asian companies doing business in Russia. Representative clients are in energy, technology, oil field services, mining, fishing, forest products, port development, transportation, engineering and construction. Information on projects is on his website at www.wtrobinson.com in Russian and English.

Bill has been active with various committees of the Russian American Pacific Partnership since 1995, and served as American Co-chair of the Fisheries, Legal and Economic Sectors. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on corporate governance, rule of law, and other issues related to doing business in Russia.

Professional and Civic Activities:

  • International Law Sections, Washington and American Bar Associations
  • American Bar Association, Eurasia Law Committee
  • US-Russia Business Council
  • Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation
  • Landesa (formerly Rural Development Institute), Board of Directors
  • University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Advisory Board
  • University of Washington School of Law, Board of Visitors (1990-1996)
  • Seattle Rotary Service Foundation, Board of Trustees (2000-2003)
  • Rotary Club of Seattle, Board of Directors (2008-2010)
  • Rotary International US-Russia Intercountry Committee, Board of Directors
  • District 5030 Russian Rotary Chair
  • 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)
  • Russian American Rule of Law Project
  • Japan – America Society
  • Canada – America Society
  • World Affairs Council
  • 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)


Bill Robinson is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1973), and Whitworth College, (B.A. International Relations, 1970). He also attended Mackinac College, with studies at the Language Institute of Japan and the College of Chinese Culture, Taiwan; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.