Robinson Named to Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame
Local attorney, Les Robinson was recently named to Business North Carolina Magazine’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame. Robinson was named to Legal Elite in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. As the top vote-getter in the Criminal Law category in 2018, Robinson has now become a member of Legal Elite’s Hall of Fame.
Legal Elite is a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related categories. This prestigious recognition is awarded to a select few of North Carolina’s finest legal practitioners. The voting ballots are distributed to more than 20,000 attorneys who live in the state and are members of the North Carolina State Bar.
Only about 3% of the state’s practicing attorneys are selected as Legal Elite, and of that 3% the top attorney from each category is named to the Hall of Fame. Once an attorney becomes a member of the Hall of Fame, they are ineligible to win again, but will remain in the Hall of Fame and recognized as the top vote-getter for that year.
Voting legal peers are asked to select an attorney who they consider the best in their chosen field, based on hands-on observation and experience. Attorney Les Robinson is known for his exceptional leadership skills and steadfast commitment to vigorously protect the rights of the criminally accused and charged.
With more than 30 years of in-depth legal experience as a Greenville criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Robinson has handled a broad range of criminal cases, with an emphasis on cases involving alcohol and drug offenses. He wrote “The Ultimate DWI Checklist,” which is widely-used among law practitioners. Les Robinson is also a continuing legal education (CLE) speaker for both the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice where he shares his extensive wealth of knowledge.
Business North Carolina interviewed Robinson for a feature in their January 2018 issue. Want to learn a little more about Robinson and his interesting hobbies? Take a look at his answers!
Here’s what Robinson had to say for his Legal Elite Hall of Fame feature:
Guilty Pleasure: Adventure motorcycle trips.
Vita: 56; born in Greenville; bachelor’s from East Carolina University and law degree from Campbell University; married with three children and a black Lab.
Why he chose to specialize in this field: I came out of law school with the idea of being a tort and products liability lawyer. In 1986, I began practicing in Greenville, home of ECU. There was a great demand to handle criminal matters for the local student population. Immediately I recognized that criminal cases were always interesting and challenging. More importantly, I began to learn that a lot of people in these predicaments needed more than just a lawyer. They needed the counsel to avoid getting back into trouble, some direction, guidance and encouragement.
Best advice received: From my father: In every task, always give your best… it’s the best PR you’ll ever have. From [Raleigh criminal defense attorney] Wade Smith: Never drink coffee with your clients.
Favorite place: Down on the farm in Pactolus (near Greenville). Peace, solitude and reflection can be found in its hardwood and pine forests and open fields.
Favorite book: The Art of War, by Sun Tzu, a Chinese military treatise that consists of 13 chapters for military strategy and tactics for warfare. Although written over 2,000 years ago, its concepts and principles can be utilized by the criminal practitioner to achieve a successful outcome.
Passions: Riding “Hercules,” my BMW GSA 1200 adventure motorcycle, to places off the beaten path — places few people get to see. You get the opportunity to get up close and personal with the weather, the sights, the sounds and the animals. Adventure motorcycling is a wonderful opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and different cultures.
Find a complete list of the Legal Elite 2018 winners here.