Donald Robinson

John Robinson

Following is a note from Becky Robinson, informing me of Don's death.  The latest info I have on the Robinsons is PO Box 328, Weston, VT 05061.  Becky's email is  Her phone is 802-824-4066.  Died June 11, 2014

Donald John Robinson

 August 24, 1934 – June 11, 2014

 Weston, VT


Donald J. Robinson, of Weston, Vermont, passed away Wednesday June 11, 2014 at age 79 at Equinox Village.


He was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 24, 1934 to Stafford and Anne (Hinrichs) Robinson. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1955 and Columbia Law School in 1958. He was a public finance attorney whose distinguished career in the municipal securities industry spanned more than 45 years. He has served as Bond Counsel to many of the most prominent issuers in the nation and the New York metropolitan region and was an early advocate of improved municipal disclosure.


He served as bond counsel to the Municipal Assistance Corporation for the City of New York, the financing vehicle created to deal with New York City's fiscal crisis, the Power Authority of the State of New York, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He also served as special counsel to the Bonneville Power Administration to refinance certain debt of the Washington Public Power Supply System (now known as Energy Northwest). He served as bond counsel to the State of Louisiana on an issue of revenue anticipation notes in connection with that state's financial crisis. He served as one of the counsel for the Sawhill Commission, which conducted preliminary studies to determine the control of the Long Island Lighting Company's Shoreham nuclear facility.


He joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in 1987 and helped to build the New York public finance practice to national prominence. He was a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Prior to joining Orrick he was a partner at Hawkins, Delafield & Wood from 1969 to 1987. Before that he was associated with Caldwell, Trimble & Mitchell and with Nixon Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Mitchell from 1965 to 1969. He was also a staff member of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1961 to 1965. In 1981 he was a member and then in 1984 Chairman of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. In 1985 he was a member of Governor Cuomo's Committee to Reform Local Borrowing. He was a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and Chairman of the Committee on Judicial Policy in 1986. He was Chairman of the Municipal Finance Officers' Association Revisions Committee for Disclosure Guidelines for Offerings of Securities by State and Local Governments in 1975 and a member of the Public Securities Association Treasury Regulations Committee. As Chairman and Lecturer of the Practicing Law Institute's Municipal Bond Workshops since 1969, he authored and contributed to numerous professional publications. In 1996 he was honored by The Municipal Forum of New York for his service in the Municipal Securities Industry.


An avid golfer, he was a member of Piping Rock Club, Ekwanok Country Club, and the U. S. Seniors Golf Association. He also served as a Trustee of the Museum of the City of New York. He was a member of the River Club and The Pilgrims of the United States.


Don is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rebecca, three sons, Donald, Christopher, and Nicholas, and two daughters Ann and Susan, many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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