Robinson+Cole Elects New Managing Partner and Welcomes Lawyers in Boston, Hartford, New York, and Philadelphia

Robinson+Cole’s partnership has elected Rhonda J. Tobin as its next Managing Partner, effective March 1, 2021. A trial lawyer who has spent her entire thirty-year law career at the firm, Tobin is the first woman to lead the 175-year old AmLaw 200 firm. Her practice focuses on the litigation, arbitration and mediation of complex disputes involving insurance and reinsurance coverage. Tobin has served on Robinson+Cole’s Managing Committee for the last 12 years and as a chair of the firm’s Litigation Section for the past 13 years. She played a leading role on the 2019 committee that developed the firm’s current Strategic Plan, and was part of management’s proactive response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the firm.

“I’m extremely proud and humbled to be entrusted to lead our great firm of incredibly talented lawyers and professional staff,” said Tobin. “We have achieved so much over the last few years, and I look forward to continuing the aggressive growth of our practices while also maintaining the essence of our identity. Our 175-year legacy is built on our strong collaborative and inclusive culture – among our lawyers and staff, with our clients, and in the communities where we live and work. I am honored to have this opportunity to build upon that legacy by continuing to embrace change in the years ahead. It is especially meaningful to take on this role at the firm that has been my home for the last 30 years.”

In addition to electing a new managing partner, there have been several recent senior additions to Robinson+Cole. In 2021, real estate and development lawyer Deirdre M. Robinson and business litigation lawyers Amanda R. Phillips and Seth B. Orkand all joined as partners in the firm’s Boston office. Robinson+Cole also added bankruptcy and reorganizations lawyer, Rachel Jaffe Mauceri and Managed Care + Employee Benefit Litigation Group lawyer, Katherine M. Katchen both in the firm’s Philadelphia office. In 2019, Robinson+Cole opened offices in Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE to facilitate the addition of a national bankruptcy group headed by Natalie D. Ramsey, a  Regent of the American College of Bankruptcy. In the latter half of 2020, the firm welcomed an eight-attorney insurance coverage litigation group in New York headed by John F. McCarrick and Erica J. Kerstein ; and added Frederick E. Hedberg (Hartford) and Matthew P. Mazzola (New York) as partners in its Construction and Managed Care + Employee Benefit Litigation groups in Hartford and New York, respectively.