Wayne Lindsey Robbins, Jr.
Lyn Robbins has twenty-six years of experience in a wide range of trials, appeals, arbitrations, administrative matters, regulatory determinations, and other litigation matters. He has tried more than fifty cases to verdict and has been involved in dozens of appeals. He spent more than twelve years as the senior general attorney for one of America’s largest railroads, supervising both personal injury and commercial litigation and leading trial teams involved in complex litigation in a variety of venues across the country. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbel.
Lyn is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts in Texas and Tennessee. In addition, he has been specially admitted to practice in courts all over the country. He has tried cases as lead counsel in California, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington and has been lead counsel in arbitrations in Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
He has argued in numerous appellate courts across the country, including two state Supreme Courts and a variety of federal and state courts of appeal. He has briefed cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, several state Supreme Courts, and numerous federal and state courts of appeal.
His cases have included complex matters of wrongful death, Federal Employers Liability Act claims of life-altering injuries, claims of medical/dental/legal/pharmacy malpractice, railroad grade crossing accidents involving catastrophic injuries, commercial contract matters involving eight-figure disputes, regulatory matters ranging from professional licensure to claims of environmental pollution violations, trademark infringement, will contests, collections, fraud, blasting damages, hazardous exposure claims, and real estate transactions gone bad.
He is the Immediate Past President of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. He has for a decade been Adjunct Professor of Law at Baylor University School of Law, teaching Advanced Trial Advocacy Skills, and he has served on the faculty of the Academy of the Advocate held at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
He was National Debate Champion and the first person ever named the top individual college debater in the nation for two consecutive years, and he later coached the national championship team. He graduated cum laude from Baylor University School of Law, where he was the Lead Articles Editor of the Baylor Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Barristers.
He serves as a Sunday School teacher and deacon at his church. He is active in the community, where he has appeared in occasional community theatre productions and coached both baseball and softball for many years. He was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of an NGO dedicated to promoting sustainable growth among some of the world’s poorest and most challenged populations.
- J.D. cum laude, 1990 – Baylor University School of Law
Leon Jaworski Scholar
Lead Articles Editor, Baylor Law Review
Order of the Barristers
- B.A with honor, 1987 – Baylor University
Majors – history, political science, economics
- Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1996-present
- Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice by National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2012-present
- Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, 1999-present
- Inaugural Recipient of Outstanding Service Award from the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel – 2010
- Baylor University Outstanding Young Alumnus – 2005
- National Debate Champion
- “Witness Preparation for the In-House Team,” TEXAS PARALEGAL JOURNAL, Volume 16, Number 3, Winter 2011
- The Lawyer’s Guide to Texas Insurance Code Article 21.21, Michie (Carlsbad, Cal. – 1995) (editor)
- “When Two Liberal Values Collide in an Era of ‘Political Correctness’; First Amendment Protection as a Check on Speech-Based Title VII Hostile Environment Claims,” 47 BAYLOR LAW REVIEW 789, Number 3, Summer 1995
- “The Government Contract Defense after Boyle v. United Technologies Corporation,” 41 BAYLOR LAW REVIEW 291, Number 2, Spring 1989
- Grace Always Comes: Daily Devotions Through the Bible, Fort Worth: Austin Brothers Publishing, 2016.
- In the Court of the Master: An Ordinary Man’s Walk with an Extraordinary God, Fort Worth: Austin Brothers Publishing, 2011.
- “He Gives More Grace” – lyrics, music composed by Tom Fettke, published by PraiseGathering Music, 2008
- Numerous articles in various periodicals.
For more information on Lyn’s other writing and speaking, please go to www.LynRobbins.com.
- We’ve Been Working on the Railroad: Is Joint Enterprise Recognized under the FELA?” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Winter Meeting, The Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona, March 7, 2017
- “Arguing Damages: Questions, Concerns, and Frustrations: – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Special Litigation Conference XXVI, Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley, Idaho, February 19, 2016
- “Railroad Dep Prep: Getting the Railroad Witness Ready to Testify” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Fall Meeting, The Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Del Mar, California, October 16, 2015
- “The Care and Feeding of Inside Counsel” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 61st Annual Meeting, The Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2015
- “Opening Statements: More than Just ‘What the Evidence Will Show’” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Winter Meeting, LaQuinta Resort and Club, Palm Springs, California, March 2, 2015
- “Slip Slidin’ Away – Trying the Walking Conditions Case” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Special Litigation Conference, The Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley, California, February 5, 2015
- “Variations on a Theme: How Two Sentences Control a Trial” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Fall Meeting, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 26, 2014
- “From the Cheap Seats: Trial Lessons Learned as the In-House Lawyer” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 60thAnnual Meeting, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 30, 2014
- “What In-House Counsel Expect from Outside Paralegals” – State Bar of Texas – Paralegal Division Annual Meeting, The Fort Worth Club, Fort Worth, Texas, June 27, 2014
- “Good Company Story: Proceed with Caution” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Winter Meeting, The Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix Arizona, March 10, 2014
- “How the Other Half Lives: The Railroad as Plaintiff in Derailment Collection Cases” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Special Litigation Conference, The Viceroy, Snowmass, Colorado, February 7, 2014
- “Don’t Raise Your Voice; Improve Your Argument: Closing Argument and Bishop Tutu” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Winter Meeting, The Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona, March 4, 2013
- “Fundamentals of Cross-Examination and Effective Impeachment” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 59th Annual Meeting, The Four Seasons, Boston, Massachusetts, July 31, 2013
- “The Lawyer’s Approach to Trial: What Should be Going Through Your Mind?” – Houston Bar Association Seminar, The Junior League of Houston, Texas, August 9, 2012
- “Taking Depositions with Trial in Mind” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 58th Annual Meeting, Four Seasons Resort – The Biltmore, Santa Barbara, California, July 30, 2012
- “The Art of Voir Dire” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Winter Meeting, The Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona, March 5, 2012
- “Witness Preparation for the Paralegal” – Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar, Marriott Hotel and Golf Club at Champions Circle, Fort Worth, Texas, October 6, 2011
- “Yes, There are Thirty Minutes Worth of Things to Say about Direct” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 57th Annual Meeting, The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Quebec, July 25, 2011
- “Veit v. BNSF: Speed Preemption is Alive and Well” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Winter Meeting, The Fairmont Turnbury Isle, Aventura, Florida, March 9, 2011
- “We Didn’t Do It! (But If We Did, It Wasn’t Our Fault)”– National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Fall Meeting, Four Seasons at Troon North, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 13, 2010
- “Straight Talk from the Clients” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Fall Meeting, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 26, 2008
- “Defending Railroads: The Roles and Relationships Among Inside, Outside and Coordinating Counsel” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 52nd Annual Meeting, Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, California, July 31, 2006
- “If I Am In-House Now, Was I Outhouse Before? What In-House Counsel Wish Outside Counsel Knew and Vice-Versa” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 51st Annual Meeting, The Four Seasons, Boston, Massachusetts, July 26, 2005
- “Trial by Ad Hominem – The Tactics of Personal Destruction” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 50th Annual Meeting, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 28, 2004