Robbins, a nationally recognized First Amendment lawyer and civil litigator,
served as chief counsel for the Democratic senators on the United States Senate
Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and as deputy chief counsel for the
Democratic senators on the United States Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
In 1999 and 2000, he served as a United States delegate to the United Nations
Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland.
Between 1987 and 1990, he was an assistant United States attorney for the District of Massachusetts, where he focused on civil fraud cases and money laundering investigations. There he was tapped to be the district’s first chief of the Asset Forfeiture Unit. He was also twice appointed as a special assistant attorney general in Massachusetts, representing the secretary of the commonwealth.
He has written widely on politics, foreign policy and national security matters for the Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, The Times of Israel and the New York Observer. He is a visiting professor of the practice of political science at Brown University, where he teaches courses on congressional investigations and political journalism. He has received awards for public service from the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the General Services Administration. From 2012 to 2014, he was chairman of the Anti-Defamation League’s New England board of directors, and from 2001 through 2004, he was president of the World Affairs Council of Boston.
He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Joanne. They have two children, two golden retrievers and four cats.