Charles F. Robinson

General Counsel and Vice President – Legal Affairs


Charles F. Robinson began his tenure as General Counsel and Vice President for the University of California in January 2007. As General Counsel, he is the Chief Legal Officer of the University, providing advice to The Regents, the President and other senior University officials; overseeing a legal staff of 80 attorneys at ten campuses, five medical centers and one national laboratory; and retaining and managing outside counsel.

Prior to joining the University, Robinson served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the California Independent System Operator Corporation, California’s wholesale electric transmission operator, based in Folsom, CA. Prior to that, he served as Assistant General Counsel for Packard Bell in Sacramento, Division Counsel for the Raychem Corporation in Menlo Park, and as a Litigation Partner at Heller Ehrman White and McAuliffe in San Francisco. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale University.