Angela C. Robinson

Biography

Angela C. Robinson, Connecticut Superior Court Judge (Ret.), is a Partner in the New Haven Office of Wiggin and Dana. Robinson also serves as the firm's Chief Diversity Officer. Her practice focuses on litigation matters, trial strategy, arbitration and mediation. She is a member of the medical malpractice defense and employment litigation groups within the Litigation Department, and serves as a consultant on a variety of state court and diversity matters.

As a Superior Court Judge, Robinson served in a variety of capacities for over twenty years, handling criminal, civil, family, juvenile, and housing matters in courthouses throughout Connecticut. Her extensive judicial experience includes roles as Civil Presiding Judge for the Civil Division in New Haven, which has the largest Civil Docket in the State; and the Administrative Judge for the Judicial District of New Haven for three years. She was a frequently sought-after trial judge and judicial-mediator, who assisted in resolving through trials, hearings, court-proceedings or alternate dispute mechanisms predominately non-family civil matters, including employments cases, commercial transactions, land use cases, products liability matters, tort and personal injury matters; and other complex civil litigation cases. She served on dozens of judicial committees including, the Judicial Ethics Committee and the Civil Commission.

Throughout her legal career, Robinson served in leadership positions in various bar associations and legal organizations, including on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice (when it was known as the American Trial Lawyers Association – or ATLA); and the Executive Committee for the New Haven County Bar Association. She has lectured and provided training on a host of law-related issues, including Legal Ethics, Civil Procedure, Torts, Evidence, Work-life Balance, Diversity and Inclusion; and American Legal History. Robinson is well-respected and well-recognized in the legal community and for her work and contributions received many honors and accolades including the Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award in 2017 from the Lawyers' Collaborative for Diversity; the Diversity Award in 2014 from the Connecticut Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division; and the designation as men Law Student Association as Woman of the Month in March 2015 by the UCONN Women Law Student Association.

Robinson is an honors graduate of the Cheshire Academy, in Cheshire, Connecticut; an honors graduate of Rutgers University-Douglass College, (Phi Beta Kappa), with a major in English and minors in African American Studies and French; and a graduate of Yale Law School, where she served as a Teaching Assistant to Professor Owen Fiss in Civil Procedure; and Professor Peter Schuck in Torts.

Robinson began her legal career at Wiggin and Dana as a Healthcare and Litigation Associate and subsequently joined the Bridgeport plaintiff's trial law firm, Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder, where she specialized in medical malpractice, premises liability, employment discrimination, and child abuse cases. In 1998, she was appointed to the Connecticut Superior Court, as the youngest jurist appointed to the State trial court at that time.

Robinson is a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. She teaches trial practice at Yale Law School, and serves as an adjunct law professor at Quinnipiac Law School. She recently taught classes in Legal Ethics and Civil Procedure at the University of New Haven. Robinson continues to serve as the Co-organizer of the LAW Camp for Teens, which she co-founded in New Haven in 2012. A long-time resident of New Haven, Robinson is actively engaged in community organizations and community service in the Greater New Haven area.

Education

  • Yale Law School  (J.D., 1989)
  • Rutgers University, Douglass College  (B.A., 1986)
    • cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)