ADR Systems


Martin B. Robins, Esq.

Martin B. Robins, Esq.


Martin B. Robins, Esq. is a skilled mediator, arbitrator and transactional lawyer with expertise in intellectual property, technology-related transactions, corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, financings, contracts and executive-level employment, including non-compete, non-solicitation, sales compensation and severance matters.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Contract
  • Copyright
  • Employment
  • Finance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Patent
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 33-year legal career in private practice, including Partner at Fisher Broyles, LLP, 2011-present; Partner at Law Offices of Martin B. Robins, 1999-2011; Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Meridian Leasing Corporation, 1990-1999
  • Adjunct Professor, De Paul University College of Law, teaching Intellectual Property for Corporate Transactional Lawyers, 2005-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University Law School, teaching Contracts in the L.L.M program, Fall 2009
  • As an advocate, participated in numerous arbitrations and mediations

Professional Activities and Awards

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in ‘Who’s Who Among American Lawyers’
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association

Presentations and Publications

  • Co-Editor, Intellectual Property Law Update Newsletter, Fisher Broyles
  • Contributor, Litigation Law Update Newsletter, ADR edition, Fisher Broyles
  • “A Good Idea At the Time: Recent Digital Millennium Copyright Act Section 512(c) Safe Harbor Jurisprudence; Analysis and Critique of Current Applications and Implications,” Vol. 15 Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property
  • “Pay + Board Composition + Personal Behavior ≠ Corporate Governance: In Search Of Conceptual Change,” UC Davis Business Law Journal
  • “Dawn Following Darkness: An Outcome-Oriented Model for Corporate Governance,” 48 Duquesne Law Review 33
  • “Intellectual Property and Information Technology Due Diligence In Merger and Acquisition Transaction,” University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology and Policy, reprinted in West Publishing 2009 compendium of top intellectual property articles
  • “Turning Away Clients: A Look at Problematic Representations,” (15 Business Law Today
  • Equipment Leasing, Matthew Bender Monograph, 2000 and updated w/co-author
  • “Computing the Contract: Getting that Tech Stuff in Writing,” 13 Business Law Today
  • “Recipe for an Overdue Change: Why Corporate Lawyers Sometimes Need to Give Business Advice,” 12 Business Law Today
  • Cyberfinance: Raising Capital for the E-business, CCH Incorporated
  • “Making Nice: Help Your Client Nurture Good Relationships in Contract Negotiations,” 7 Business Law Today
  • Presentation to Chicago chapter of MIT Enterprise Forum on intellectual property fundamentals for growing companies
  • Presentation on intellectual property pointers for corporate practitioners, Chicago Bar Association, Corporate Practice Committee
  • Panelist, Arthur J. Gallagher program addressed to the fundamentals of information security and privacy for attorneys
  • Panelist, Lorman Group seminar on e-discovery and electronic records and security
  • Panelist, ABA Business Law Section teleconference on technology contracting
  • Panelist, ABA Business Law Section teleconference on potential obligation of transactional counsel to give business advice
  • Presentation to institutional lender national attorney conference, remarks on recent developments in commercial loan due diligence and documentation and equipment leasing


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude
  • B.S., University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, summa cum laude


  • Illinois State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for theNorthern District of Illinois

I was extremely pleased with a recent mediation at ADR Systems. The mediators constitute a veritable "who's who" of top-notch practitioners and former jurists with a wealth of experience across the legal spectrum.  I strongly recommend ADR Systems for even the most complex and contentious of cases.

Hillard M. Sterling, Esq.Sterling Tech Law | Waveland Law Group, LLC