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Robin Sampson is a seasoned corporate lawyer who counsels clients on the antitrust aspects of business transactions and on potential regulatory obligations with merger control agencies.

In addition to her core antitrust practice, Robin is a corporate law generalist who works mostly with nonprofit entities, often on a pro bono basis.

Antitrust Counsel

Robin evaluates the competitive impact of proposed transactions, counsels clients on communications between or among competitors, and cautions clients on antitrust “gun-jumping” — actions aimed at expediting the integration of two companies before the transaction has closed. Robin has prepared more than 300 notifications to report planned transactions to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. She has also worked with local counsel in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and South America to coordinate filings under the antitrust and competition laws of at least two dozen other countries.

Previous Experience

Before she transitioned into law, Robin worked in higher education administration and higher education financial policy. She worked for the Harvard Graduate School of Design for several years before moving to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a policy analyst and senior writer for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (ACSFA) and the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education.

Personal Interests

Robin is an avid reader and a frequent consumer of the best of theater and chamber music offerings.


Bar Admissions



Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. cum laude (1992)

Harvard Graduate School of Education
M.Ed. (1987)

Minnesota State University, Mankato
B.A. summa cum laude (1980)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Firm Blog Contributions

  • LaborSphere – a resource providing coverage and insights on breaking cases, recently enacted legislation and a broad range of labor issues

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Robin has worked with a wide variety of nonprofit entities, including public-interest organizations, community development financial institutions, schools, churches and social welfare organizations. She regularly supervises junior lawyers who have taken on pro bono representations for nonprofits, including formation, affiliation, reorganization and dissolution matters, corporate governance issues and financings.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association (ABA) — Antitrust Section, 1994-present

Civic Activities

Robin is a member of the board of directors for Youth Service, Inc. (YSI), a Philadelphia-based social service agency that provides shelter, support, truancy intervention and other prevention services to Philadelphia-area children, youth and families.


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Award, 2023
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-22
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