ROBIN WECHKIN has over two decades of experience in securities and derivative litigation, in which she has represented issuers, directors and officers, auditors and underwriters in state and federal court in California, New York, Washington, Oregon and Delaware. Robin also represents insurers and manufacturers in policyholder and consumer class actions in multiple state and federal courts. She represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including technology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
Robin is the principal author of Sidley’s annual review and analysis of developments in securities litigation in the life sciences sector, a resource used by in-house counsel, insurers and securities litigators in the United States and abroad. In all of her cases and publications, Robin brings a wealth of experience in briefing and analysis, including appellate briefing and advocacy.
Robin also has an active pro bono practice. She has written appellate briefs in significant matters involving sanctuary city legislation, the federal sentencing guidelines, Alaskan Natives’ fishing rights, and the asylum rights of disabled persons. In her work for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Robin coordinates pro bono amicus efforts seeking to advance the ends of criminal justice through appellate advocacy in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and state supreme courts in the West.
Robin clerked for The Honorable Barbara Jacobs Rothstein of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and The Honorable Betty B. Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also served on the California Law Review. Prior to her career in law, Robin earned a Ph.D. in English from Berkeley, where she published a dissertation on the novelistic representation of the legal system and issues of guilt and causation in turn-of the-century American literature.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
- U.S. District Court, W.D. of Washington
- University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 1992 (Order of the Coif)
- University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., 1989
- University of California, Berkeley, M.A., 1987
- Cornell University, B.A., 1984
- Betty B. Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit (1993 - 1994)
- Barbara Jacobs Rothstein, U.S. District Court, W.D. of Washington (1992 - 1993)