Robert N. Dokson
Retired Former Shareholder
Brooklyn, New York.
Brown University, A.B., 1966.
University Of Chicago, J.D., 1969 (Editor, University of Chicago Law Review); Harvard University Law School L.L.M., 1972.
State Courts in Georgia; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Supreme Court.
State Bar of Georgia; Atlanta Bar Association; Atlanta Lawyers’ Club; American Arbitration Association, (Member, Commercial Arbitration Panel and Large Complex Case Panel); Georgia Academy of Arbitrators and Mediators; Georgia Arbitration Forum; Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators.
Robbie is a former Shareholder of Ellis Funk who, after 25 years as a Firm Shareholder, in 2021 retired both as a Shareholder of the Firm and from private practice as an attorney. Robbie is continuing a professional career, but is limiting his professional activities to work as a neutral: Arbitrator, Mediator and court-appointed Special Master. None of Robbie’s professional services are provided through Ellis Funk, but are separate from the Firm, being provided through his own limited liability company, Dokson Alternative Resolutions Enterprise (“DARE”). Robbie’s contact information for his neutral work through DARE is set out below.
“Robbie” has practiced law in Atlanta since 1969. His first decade was in the public sector including a five and a half year tenure as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc., a 40 lawyer program providing free civil legal services to low income citizens in need. Since 1980, Robbie has been a partner or shareholder in several Atlanta law firms, specializing in dispute resolution and litigation. Robbie joined Ellis Funk in 1995 and retired as an active Ellis Funk Shareholder in 2021.
Robbie’s Civil Dispute Resolution and Litigation practice included a wide variety of areas in which he has served as an advocate for clients, including: business and professional practice breakups; trade secrets and restrictive covenant matters; contract disputes; defamation and other business tort cases; corporate and shareholder disputes; franchise matters; real estate disputes; employment cases; professional liability matters; insurance matters; trademark and other intellectual property matters; and trust and estate disputes.
Furthermore, since the late 1980’s, Robbie has frequently served as a neutral (mediator, arbitrator and court-appointed Special Master) in hundreds of cases involving these same kinds of disputes. Robbie’s ADR neutral practice arises both via invitations from provider organizations like the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) and JAMS and on a private basis, as well as through appointments as a Special Master by Federal and State Court judges. He also frequently serves as a lecturer on ADR related matters and he is a Past-Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section and a past President of the Georgia Arbitrators’ Forum. Finally, Robbie is a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators, which is an invitation only select group of experienced commercial arbitrators dedicated to improvements and contributions to the field of commercial arbitration as a primary means of dispute resolution, and is also a member of the Georgia Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators.
Robbie was a founding member and officer of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (“AVLF”) and of the Neighborhood Justice Center of Atlanta. Additionally, he has served as a Board Member and/or officer of the following organizations: The Atlanta Legal Aid Society (President, 2008); The Temple; The Padeia School; The Anti-Defamation League (“ADL”) Southeast Region; the Downtown YMCA; and the Governor’s Consumer Advisory Council. In 2011 Robbie received the Lifetime Commitment To Legal Services Award from the Atlanta Bar Association, and in 2013 he received the Lifetime Commitment To Public Service Award from Emory Law School.
To contact Robbie to arrange or discuss his serving as a neutral, his contact information is as follows: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: (404) 408-4442.