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David S. Robinson


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The global commercial marketplace is rapidly becoming both more complex and interwoven.  Few attorneys understand the opportunities and dynamics of global trade better than David Robinson.  He has assisted clients in cross-border transactions around the world.  He has been to over 40 countries.  He has run two US subsidiaries of foreign companies.  David knows when “yes” means yes and when it means no, and he knows the importance of cultural understanding in international commerce.  He helps global businesses integrate corporate compliance and operational programs into subsidiary operations, facilitate the transfer of personnel among operations, comply with export control and boycott regulations, and negotiate commercial and joint venture relationships.  Whether your business is a seasoned competitor on the global stage or just ‘testing the waters’ of foreign opportunities, David can help level your ‘playing field.’


Bar Admissions
  • US Supreme Court

  • US Court of International Trade

  • North Carolina Supreme Court

Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Invest in USA, Best Practices Committee
  • Honorary Consul of Japan for North Carolina
  • International Bar Association
  • 10th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Past Chair of the International Law and Practice Section of the NC Bar Association (David served two terms in this position)
  • Board of Advisors of the NC Japan Center
  • Former Deputy Director of the NC Japan Center
  • Former Director of the NC China Center steering committee
  • Wake Tech Business and Industry Services Advisory Committee
  • Wake Tech Community College, Trustee
  • North Carolina Export Outreach Program: Lecturer and Program Planner
  • Former President/Current Director of the Nippon Club
  • Fellow of the Institute of Political Leadership
  • Fellow of the BCBSNC Healthy Community Institute
  • Former American Red Cross “Outstanding Volunteer” and current Disaster Team Member
  • Rotary International - Paul Harris Fellow
  • Past Chair, Wake County Board of Elections
  • Past Director, Charlotte International Arbitration Society
  • Director, Educational Growth Across Oceans/Animazement
  • Director, Investor Services Company of America and US Foreign Investment Corporation
  • Secretary and Founding Member, Japan-America Society of North Carolina
  • Proficient in Japanese

The International Team atNexsenPruet has just about seen it all: from structuring complex foreign investments in theCarolinas to airlifting cattle to Turkey, from exporting just the right kind of wood to Japan for temple construction to distribution sales of hot tubs in the Middle East, from facilitating the transfer of US workers abroad to importing the best talent from overseas into the US, and from the sale of sophisticated export controlled technologies to chicken legs,NexsenPruet lawyers have been involved.  When you start selling to overseas markets, David will let you know which US laws will follow you around the globe, and which new laws you’ll likely encounter.  With law firm relationships in 75 of the major commercial centers of the world, we can also help clients obtain precise and timely answers to their foreign law questions. David serves on the Best Practices Committee of Invest in USA, an EB-5 Trade Association. The committee recommends industry best practices to the $6 Billion/year foreign direct investment visa program run by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


David regularly presents on cross-border legal issues.  He has written and taught an MBA-level International Business Ethics course.  He has lectured on a variety of cross-cultural topics to first graders through seasoned lawyers.  He was the international CLE planner for the NC Bar Association’s Annual Meetings of the Business and International Law Sections of the Bar in 2014, and recently chaired the International Law Section for the second time. He is also a recipient of the highest award accorded to an international lawyer by the NC Bar Association.  As Chairman of the Wake County Board of Elections he was frequently interviewed on elections law issues.

Mr. Robinson is an active athlete.  He is a competitive swimmer and has completed dozens of triathlons and road races including several marathons, a Half Ironman, and a Full Ironman Triathlon.  He competed at the 2011 World Triathlon Championships in Beijing, China as a member of Team USA; and again in 2014 in Edmonton, Canada.

He is a member of an award-winning race car team.

He has voted in 27 straight elections and oversaw the largest county voting operation in North Carolina.

As a Trustee of Wake Tech he helps oversee the largest community college in NC and one of the fastest growing community colleges in the Nation.

He and his wife, Sue, have been married for more than 25 years and they live in Raleigh with their three children.


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"Everything is Global"