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Geoffrey L. Robinson



Geoff Robinson focuses his practice on land use, development and real estate litigation. He represents clients in civil and administrative proceedings involving planning and zoning laws, CEQA, development fees and exactions, and public facilities financing. He is an authority on writs of mandate in the trial court and is co-author of the treatise California Administrative Mandamus (CEB, Third Edition - 2012) and other publications on civil writ practice. He also has substantial experience in the area of development mitigation and has litigated numerous cases involving challenges to development exactions, mitigation requirements and public financing districts. He has also handled a broad range of water law matters, including a ground water basin rights adjudication, and appellate litigation involving the validity of a water supply assessment and an Urban Water Management Plan.

Geoff has been an active participant in pro bono efforts, representing individuals, nonprofits and public agencies before state and federal courts, including several matters in the California Supreme Court. He is the recipient of the California State Bar President’s Pro Bono Award.

Geoff served as law clerk to Judge Thomas J. MacBride of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and as extern to Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2007 - Present: Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation - Land Use & Zoning
  • Listed in Super Lawyers, Northern California, 2004 - 2013
  • Recipient of "President’s Pro Bono Award," State Bar of California, 1996
  • Recipient of "John J. Curtin Public Service Award," 2006

Professional Leadership

  • Contra Costa Senior Legal Services, Board of Directors

Related Employment

  • Bingham, San Francisco, CA, Partner
  • Judicial Extern to The Hon. Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Judge Thomas J. MacBride, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude, 1983
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1978

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • All California State and Federal Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit