Amy Robinson is a skilled litigator and negotiator with a broad range of experience representing individuals and groups whose rights have been violated. Ms. Robinson primarily represents employees facing workplace discrimination and harassment in cases brought under Title VII, the ADA, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the ADEA, the NYCHRL, the NYSHRL, and other civil rights statutes. She also represents survivors of childhood sexual abuse under the New York Child Victims Act and consumers in class action lawsuits. Ms. Robinson has considerable trial experience and has negotiated numerous favorable settlements for her clients, both in court and out of court.
Ms. Robinson fights hard to protect her clients’ rights to be free from discrimination. She is proud to represent a wide array of employees, from executives to low-wage and hourly workers. Ms. Robinson regularly counsels working and pregnant parents; workers who have been harassed, bullied, or intimidated due to their sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation; people who endure stereotyping, tokenization, and discrimination based on their race or national origin; and others in communities that have historically been marginalized and neglected under the law. Ms. Robinson is unafraid to take on powerful corporations and establishments on behalf of her clients.
Prior to joining GSA in 2018, Ms. Robinson worked at a civil rights law firm in Brooklyn, where she served as lead counsel to victims of police misconduct, prisoners, and detainees in civil rights matters brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and was part of the movement to drastically reduce the population on Rikers Island.
In addition to her civil rights work, Ms. Robinson has also successfully defended clients in criminal matters at trial and on appeal. From 2014-2018, she worked on a team that helped free her client from prison after 25 years of incarceration through both post-conviction and parole advocacy. She has also successfully argued to have her clients’ lengthy prison sentences reduced under both federal and state law.
From 2013-2014, Ms. Robinson held a federal clerkship in the Southern District of New York, where she served as a Law Clerk to Judge Ronald L. Ellis (ret.).
Ms. Robinson received her J.D. from CUNY School of Law. She was Managing Editor of the CUNY Law Review, a member of the Moot Court team, in which she won awards for Best Appellate Brief and First Place Team, and the recipient of the BLSA M. Shanara Gilbert Criminal Justice and Human Rights Fellowship. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College.
J.D., CUNY, 2013
Managing Editor, CUNY Law Review Moot Court Teaching Assistant to Natalie Gomez Velez BLSA M. Shanara Gilbert Criminal Justice and Human Rights Fellowship
B.A., Swarthmore College, 2004
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Honorable Ronald L. Ellis (Ret.), U.S.M.J., S.D.N.Y. (2013-2014)
Evaluation as the Proper Function of the Parole Board: An Analysis of New York State’s Proposed SAFE Parole Act, 16 CUNY L. REV. 2 (Winter 2012)
National Lawyer’s Guild National Police Accountability Project
National Employment Lawyers Association/New York
New York City Bar Association Committee on Corrections & Community Reentry
National Lawyer’s Guild Parole Preparation Project