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Robert Fairbank

Robert Fairbank

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Telephone: (213) 891-9010
Direct Line: (213) 891-9010
Fax: (213) 891-9011
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 306E
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Robert H. Fairbank is a co-founding partner of Fairbank & Vincent, a business litigation law firm. From 2002-09, he was Independent Counsel for the Regents of the University of California in the EnronWorldComAOL Time Warner, and Dynegy federal securities cases. He has also acted as Counsel for Boards or independent committees of Boards of Mattel, Semtech, and Techniclone in derivative actions. His individual Director and Officer representations have included the Chief Financial Officers of IndyMac Bank, PFF Bank,, and Tenet Healthcare Corporation; Board members of La Jolla Bank, Vineyard Bank, and MetroPacific Bank; and Officers of New Century Financial, Fidelity Federal Bank, and the City of Hope.

Fairbank has been an adjunct professor at USC Gould School of Law since 2004, currently teaching a seminar entitled, “Corporate Fraud: Civil and Criminal Consequences of a Decade of Financial Collapses.” His course has an accompanying website, the USC Gould School of Law Corporate Fraud and Government Investigations Forum, which he updates daily with the most current corporate fraud articles and analysis. Fairbank also taught a similar seminar at the Stanford Law and Business Schools in 2007. He is a co-author of California Practice Guide – Civil Trials and Evidence (The Rutter Group), the leading treatise on California civil trial practice.

Before creating Fairbank & Vincent, he was an associate (1977-84) and partner (1984-96) at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he gained extensive experience in “bet-the-company” cases, including a successful antitrust jury trial for defendant National Gypsum, the successful defense of the first two nationwide conspiracy/medical malpractice trials involving National Medical Enterprises (now Tenet Healthcare Corporation), and a series of successful trials throughout the country defending Farmers Insurance Company in one of the first insurance industry hostile takeovers.

Fairbank has served as the Co-Chair of the Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (2001-02), and the past president of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (1989-90). He was also a member of the Judicial Council’s Bench and Bar Committee on Local Rules and served as Chair of the Civil Trials Subcommittee (1990-92). He is currently on the Board of the Ninth Circuit Historical Society (2004-present).

Fairbank received his AB from Stanford University, his MLS from UC Berkeley, and his JD from New York University, where he served on the Law Review. In 1995, he was recognized by the first “Law Who’s Who” in Los Angeles Business Journal, which features the 100 most prominent business attorneys in Los Angeles.


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