Harlan W. Robins - Dickinson Wright PLLC

Harlan W. Robins

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Harlan W. Robins is a Member and Practice Department Manager for Real Estate, Environmental, and Energy & Sustainability in Dickinson Wright PLLC’s Columbus office. He assists clients in the acquisition of land, development and leasing for office, hotel and shopping centers and joint venture formation.

Mr. Robins represents lenders in complex, multi-state workouts, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure and foreclosure of real estate-secured loans, loan modifications and loan origination for permanent and construction financings, as well as mezzanine financing. He has extensive experience in debtor-in-possession financing and performs real estate-related counseling in corporate bankruptcies and reorganizations.

Mr. Robins is active in the legal and civic communities. He serves as Chair of the Grants Oversight Committee and Treasurer of the Columbus Jewish Foundation. He is Co-Chair of Dickinson Wright’s Diversity Committee and is a member of several bar associations including the American Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.

Mr. Robins is recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, Ohio Super Lawyers, Columbus Business First, and Columbus CEO. He received his B.A., with honors, from the University of Michigan and his J.D., with honors, from Emory University School of Law.

Additional Information

Areas of Practice
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Development & Land Use
  • Acquisitions & Dispositions
  • Banking & Financial Services
University of MichiganBA 1985Emory UniversityJ.D. 1988
American Bar AssociationGeorgia Bar AssociationOhio State Bar AssociationColumbus Bar AssociationColumbus Jewish Foundation

Client Comments

"Harlan Robins provides great subject matter expertise as it relates to managing distressed commercial mortgage portfolios. He provides efficient and effective advice to clients seeking to foreclose on and liquidate their real estate holdings."

"Harlan is exceedingly diligent and thorough in his representation of our company's real estate matters. Harlan has a broad experience in assisting our company with its various transactions. Probably most importantly, he is a zealous advocate on our behalf."

"Harlan is especially effective in real estate because, in addition to his knowledge of the issues, his leadership of the legal process enables projects to happen quickly. That is extremely valuable to a developer."

-Beau Arnason
Executive Vice President
Steiner + Associates, Inc.

"Mr. Robins is clearly the most competent and efficient attorney that I have worked with. His response time and client service are at an exceptionally high level. His real estate knowledge is excellent and he has handled a wide variety of transactions for us. Additionally, he has become a trusted advisor. I would very highly recommend Mr. Robins."

-Terry Sternad
Chief Financial Officer
Planned Communities, Inc.

"Several years ago we had a real estate negociation with Harlan Robins on the other side of the table. I was so impressed with how he handled himself and the way he represented his client that we asked him to represent our company. Harlan has continued to impress us with his considerable skill and advice. I would like to think that we have one of the best lawyers in the country representing our company."

-Tod Ortlip
Planned Communities, Inc.

"Mr. Robins is extremely knowledgeable about all areas of commercial real estate law. He possesses an uncanny ability to address the most critical legal issues while at the same time ensuring that nothing slips through the cracks. We often need to temper Mr. Robins' turn around time for draft documents to ensure that business approvals precede circulation. In short, Mr. Robins is a trusted advisor and advocate for all balance sheet and mezzanine lending at Red Capital Group. His professionalism, intelligence, and diligence have served our company well for the past decade."

"I have worked with Mr. Robins on multiple transactions per year since 1999, most with high levels of complexity and short time frames, and all with valuable clients of our firm. Harlan provides well-informed and well-considered counsel; he is always responsive to our timing constraints, and is thorough in his attention to detail both pre and post closing. His experience and intellect, coupled with his awareness of and concern for our objectives, have made him a valuable and trusted colleague."

-John Poling
Red Capital Group

Office Location

150 East Gay Street, Suite 2400
Columbus, OH 43215
United States

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law
Litigation - Real Estate
Real Estate Law