Robinson, Logan

Professor of Practice


  • Room: 355
  • Telephone: 313-596-9444
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  • Harvard Law School, J.D. First prize in Ames Competition (best brief), second prize in Williston Competition (contract drafting and negotiation), Preparatory Fellow in Soviet and Russian Law.
  • Cornell University, B.A. magna cum laude, double major in history and economics, and with distinction in all subjects. 
  • Post-doctoral work at the Universities of Leningrad and Moscow (Russia) and Leiden (the Netherlands).

Following several years as a member of the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) School of Law’s Advisory Board, Mr. Robinson joined the faculty as a Distinguished Visiting Professor teaching corporate governance.

Prior to joining UDM, Mr. Robinson had a thirty-year career as an international and automotive lawyer.  He was executive vice president of Metaldyne, in charge of legal affairs and government relations.  Following the sale of Metaldyne to Asahi Tec, a Japanese public company, he assumed the same duties for Asahi Tec.  Earlier, he served as vice president and general counsel of Delphi, then the largest automotive supplier in the world.  He led the legal aspects of Delphi’s IPO on the NYSE and spin-off from General Motors.  Earlier, he was senior vice president and general counsel of ITT Automotive.

Mr. Robinson was general counsel of Chrysler International Corporation, the Chrysler subsidiary responsible for all international activities.  He also served as managing director of Chrysler Austria, Chrysler’s largest foreign investment and center of its European manufacturing activities.  He was Chrysler’s head international and commercial lawyer.

Mr. Robinson is active in numerous international organizations, and currently serves as President and Chairman of the Michigan Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce, the country's largest.  He is past Chairman of the Corporate Counsel Forum of the International Bar Association, and an emeritus member of the Association of General Counsel.  

Mr. Robinson has published two books, An American in Leningrad, about his experiences on the law faculty there, and Evil Star, a spy thriller.  He speaks internationally on corporate governance, international business transactions and the problems of the US automotive industry.  He is a frequent contributor to Forbes and other business publications and appears regularly on national TV and radio.

Recent Media Coverage: 

"How Employees Can Negotiate Around a Non-Compete Agreement" - Corporate Counsel

"Mayer Didn't Have a Non-Compete, But Your Competitor Might" - Corporate Counsel

"Insight: A land owner caught between energy giants" - Reuters

"Wal-Mart May Face FCPA Charges Over Mexican Bribery Plot" - Law360

"Record fines complicate Toyota suits" - The Detroit News

"Their Worst Nightmare" - Corporate Counsel Magazine by David Hechler

"November 18, 2010 : GM IPO Pricing: Is Anything Left on the Table for Investors?" - Business News Network [Video]

"Toyota's Worst Nightmare: Where Will the Carmaker's Dispute With a Former In-House Lawyer End?" - David Hechler

"Reasons to sit out GM's initial stock offering" -Associated Press

"GM's quiet partner: Uncle Sam" -Reuters

"For GM IPO, the Government's A Backseat Driver" by Clare Baldwin, Soyoung Kim, and Kevin Krolicki.

Suppliers could get a boost from previous cost cuts

GM's Eurpean restructuring may not go far enough

Ford Q1 profit expected, focus now sustainability

Professor Logan Robinson’s comments on the departure of CEO Fritz Henderson from GM

"Ford Learns The Price Of Solvency" by Logan Robinson

Why can't we buy cars at Costco?” by Logan Robinson

 “You Break It, You Own It,” by Logan Robinson  

“Why Should The Taxpayers' Chrysler Dowry Go To Fiat,” by Logan Robinson 

“Saving Chrysler,” by Logan Robinson 

“GM Learns the Price of Federal Funding,” by Logan Robinson 

Los Angeles Times
"General Motors files for intial public stock offering" by Jerry Hirsch and Tom Petruno

Toyota is just the latest automaker to face auto safety litigation,” by Carol Williams

Wall Street Journal
Ford, UAW Struggling To Win Approval Of Concessions –Sources,” by Jeff Bennett

“Why Detroit Has an Especially Bad Union Problem,” by Logan Robinson

Detroit Legal News
"Auto industry expert shows law students the corporate ropes"

NPR On Point
“GM, Bankruptcy and Uncle Sam,” interview by Tom Ashbrook  

Bloomberg News
“Ford May Use Canadian Labor Accord to Push for UAW Agreement,” by Keith Naughton, September 9, 2009

Fox Business
“The Future of Detroit”  
Also appeared: March 31, 2009

Fox & Friends 

  • February 19, 2009
  • March 30, 2009
  • May 20, 2009