Last week marked the 9th anniversary of the passing of my father. What follows was an article that appeared in the April Edition of Lawyer the Hillsborough County (FL) Bar Association magazine…

HCBA “Lawyer” magazine April 1997 Vol 7 No 7

Corporate Counsel Section

Deborah S Davis, Co-Chair, Chase

A Salute To Charlie

It’s with deep sorrow and great sadness that we acknowledge the death of Charles E. Robinson. Charlie died at home unexpectedly on March 16, 1997. For those of you who knew him, what follows will come as no surprise. For hose of you who did not know Charlie, you missed an opportunity to get to know a first class lawyer, devoted family man and a wonderful guy!

Charlie was Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel at Jim Walter Corporation, having been employed y the Company for over 25 years, the past 7 years as Chief Legal Counsel. Though Charlie was known for his expertise in the areas of construction litigation and real estate law, his expertise also was in command of the English language which some have described as “poetry in motion”.


Charlie received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1963 and his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1966. Charlie had tremendous loyalty to his alma maters, especially during football season. Such loyalty included wearing his Michigan tie at game time. Over the last decade, Charlie also became a fan of the Seminoles, due in large part to his son, Charles and Sean, attending FSU. His support of the Seminoles created much fodder among his Gator friends.

Prior to moving to Florida to accept employment with the Jim Walter Corporation family of companies, Charlie had been employed at Chicago Title. It was in Chicago that Charlie met his wife Mary (“Mai”). Mai was a native of Ireland whose Irish roots undoubtedly appealed to Charlie. As a result, Charlie and Mai (and their sons) vacationed often in Ireland.

Charlie was also know to frequent an Irish pub or two, most notably “Four Green Fields” located within walking distance of his Davis Island home. Charlie got his exercise walking to the Four Green Fields just to “quench his thirst”. He would hois a Guiness [sic] Stout or two there with friends. Possibly you might have shared a Guiness [sic] Stout there as with Charlie.

Charlie was a devoted family man to his wife and sons. being particularly active in whatever his sons were interested in at the time. He was not only their biggest fan but also their coach during Little League years. Possibly Charlie coached your sons.

Charlie has also been an active and valuable member of the Corporate Counsel Section. He has been serving as Co-Chair of the Section since the fall of 1996. Obviously, Charlie’s leadership, friendship and laughter will be sorely missed by all of us.

Charlie had much of which to be proud, both in his career accomplishments and in his personal life. Though Charlie was confident, he was not at all an elitist. He was mild mannered, fair and extremely kind. His kindness transcended all stations in life, which garnered affection and loyalty of many toward Charlie.

The world was truly a better place for having been blessed with Charlie these past 56 years. Unfortunately, as is the case with many good things in life, we him too soon.

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