David Robinson Awarded 2021 Julian Nexsen Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year


Nexsen Pruet is pleased to announce that David Robinson, a corporate, employment, and international business attorney based in Raleigh, North Carolina, has earned the 2021 Julian Nexsen Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award for his exceptional dedication to pro bono efforts. The award, named for the Firm’s late managing partner Julian Nexsen, was established to honor his commitment to public service through pro bono work.

For nearly a decade, David has donated hundreds of hours of pro bono counsel to organizations such as the Veterans Life Center in Butner, N.C., and One World Health in Charleston, S.C. The Veterans Life Center is a 100-bed center working as a model for the Veterans Administration for helping homeless and at-risk veterans. With the help of David’s counsel, One World Health has grown from a medical mission organization to being able to staff full-time hospitals and clinics in Honduras and Uganda.

“I would like to sincerely congratulate David on receiving this award,” said Leighton Lord, Board Chair, Nexsen Pruet. “Mr. Nexsen intended for pro bono work to be a fundamental part of our Firm, and attorneys like David continue to embody that. His long list of accomplishments and service in the Carolinas and abroad are well-deserving of this recognition.”

David’s commitment to service is apparent in his work as both an attorney and a diplomat. He helped establish the Campbell Law Innovation Institute and has mentored law students through the NCBA young lawyers division program. He serves as Vice-Chair of the NCBA Future of Law Committee, has twice chaired the International Law Section of the NCBA, and has served on the Haiti Committee since its inception. He presented in Haiti as an NCBA representative and led a delegation of North Carolina lawyers to Japan. With the help of other experts, he is currently developing a sustainable clean water venture in Kenya.

David is the Honorary Consul for Japan in North Carolina, currently chairs the North Carolina Consular Corps, and serves as Chancellor of the Consular Corps College. He has served on numerous non-profit boards associated with trade and investment and serves as an appointee of the US Secretary of Commerce on the North Carolina District Export Council. He also is an active member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s NC Advisory Committee.

Working to bridge the political divide on important issues, David is also a Fellow of the NC Institute of Political Leadership, a Fellow of the BCBSNC Healthy Community Institute, a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, and Chairman of the Board of Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform.

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