Robin Fineman is a member of HDRB&B’s Women’s Initiative (WIN). She is a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Corporate Departments where she represents both individual and corporate clients in complex commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts in New York and New Jersey and in corporate transactions. Learn more about Robin’s practice here.
Q&A with Robin
What sets you apart from other attorneys engaged in your practice?
R.F.: I have been practicing complex commercial law both as a litigator and a transactional attorney for nearly 20 years. Many attorneys with a similar practice tend to focus on a particular industry like healthcare or intellectual property. Although it can be beneficial to have a niche, I find that because I represent businesses and individuals on a broad range of legal issues and across many different industries, it gives me greater perspective and allows me to draw from the diversity of my experience to better serve my clients.
I also find that attorneys are best at aspects of their practice that they enjoy most. For instance, the skill and nuance required for successfully negotiating legal matters is an area that has interested me both in practice and academically since law school, where I had a fellowship in Law and Research in Negotiation and served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.
In my practice, I try to think creatively when negotiating on behalf of a client to achieve the best possible result.
How do you earn your clients’ trust?
R.F.: I take the time to understand my clients’ business objectives and I always keep their goals and interests at the forefront. My clients trust me to be knowledgeable about their businesses and particular industries. When I am representing clients in a litigation matter, I keep them informed every step of the way and welcome their input and concerns.
My clients are confident in my ability to identify and anticipate potential issues and roadblocks and find creative solutions. I am always responsive to my clients’ questions and remain determined to guide their matters to a successful resolution.
Which professional associations do you belong to?
R.F.: I am a member of New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Bergen County Bar Association, and Women Lawyers in Bergen County, and the Association of Jewish Attorneys.
Are there any charities that you are passionate about?
R.F.: I volunteer for two national bone marrow donor registries. My son was the recipient of a bone marrow transplant and thanks to his selfless donor, he is now a healthy and happy 12 year old.
I consider it a privilege to be able to now work with the bone marrow donor registries to provide support to patients and caregivers, run donor drives, and advocate to increase the size and diversity of the donor registries. There is no greater gift than giving someone a second chance at a healthy life.