John Robins was born in Elizabeth City County, Virginia, which subsequently became the City of Hampton. He graduated from Hampton High School, where he was quite active in a number of extra-curricular activities. He subsequently attended the Virginia Military Institute, where he graduated with a degree in mathematics. While at VMI, he was an award winning humor columnist for the VMI Cadet newspaper, was President of the International Relations Club, was a delegate for several years to the National Model United Nations in New York, and was on the varsity fencing team. Following graduation from VMI, he attended and graduated from the University of Virginia Law School, following which he earned admission to the Virginia State Bar in 1972.
Beginning his legal career, he was an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Hampton for four years, following which he entered private practice. In 1979, he was selected to become one of ten Assistant U.S. Trustees, serving the Eastern District of Virginia and the District of the District of Columbia. Leaving that position, he re-entered private practice specializing in criminal, domestic relations, and bankruptcy law, until he accepted a position as a Senior Assistant Public Defender in Hampton, retiring from that position in 2011. Following several years of doing court-appointed appeals, he returned to private practice with the Cooper Law Firm in Virginia Beach. Following the elevation of Wanda Cooper to the General District Court bench, Robins joined The Law Offices of Daniel J Miller.
Mr. Robins has served a President of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and as President of the Hampton Bar Association. He is a past board member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In his spare time, Robins officiates high school football and baseball. He visits his elder son and his wife and granddaughter in Austin, Texas, as often as he can, and likewise, visits his younger son and his wife and triplets in Atlanta.
- Virginia Military Institute, 1969
Lexington, Virginia. B.A., Mathematics
- University of Virginia School of Law, 1972
Charlottesville, Virginia. L.L..B
Professional Memberships & Associations
- Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Hampton Bar Associations