Office of General Counsel
Charles F. Robinson
General Counsel and Vice President – Legal Affairs
Charles F. Robinson began his tenure as General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs for the University of California in January 2007. As the Chief Legal Officer for the University of California, he provides legal advice to the Board of Regents, the President, and senior leadership at the University’s 10 campuses, five medical centers and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His legal department – UC Legal – is headquartered in Oakland and is staffed by 64 attorneys and approximately 49 additional attorneys at the campuses and medical center locations. The University of California is the second largest employer in the State of California, with 210,000 employees, and it currently serves over 270,000 students. It is the largest university system in the nation with an operating budget of $34 billion.
Prior to joining the University, Robinson served as Vice President, General 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.