February 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 2 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

LACBA Mourns Passing of James R. Robie, Beloved Leader and Litigator in Los Angeles Legal Community

LACBA expresses its deepest sympathies for the unexpected and untimely passing of James R. Robie on Sunday, January 16, 2011.

“Jim was a humble yet towering leader of our legal community whose compassion for people and the law will be sorely missed by everyone who had an opportunity to know and work with him,” said Alan Steinbrecher, president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. “Each of us at LACBA extends our deepest sympathies to his wife, Edith, and their children, Raymond and Leigh, during this extremely difficult period."

At the time of his death, Robie was a member of the LACBA Board of Trustees and had served on several LACBA committees, including chair of the Litigation Section and vice chair of the Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee, among others. He was also a member of several other organizations, including the American Board of Trial Advocates; Association of Southern California Defense Counsel; Federation of Defense and Coverage Counsel; Panel of Arbitrators, Los Angeles Superior Court; International Law Society; St. Thomas More Law Honor Society; and formerly on the Board of Governors, Loyola Marymount University.

A partner in the law firm of Robie & Matthai, which he cofounded with his wife, Edith Matthai, Robie was a gifted trial lawyer who represented insurance carriers in bad faith litigation while also defending lawyers in malpractice actions.

He graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts from Claremont McKenna College in 1972 and with a juris doctor from Loyola Marymount University in 1975.

“Jim's contributions as a beloved husband, father, and leader in the legal profession will remain a legacy and shining example of how to lead with wisdom, intelligence, and humor,” Steinbrecher said.

A service celebrating the life of Jim Robie will be held on January 30, 2011, from 3:30 to 10:00 p.m. at the Bel Air Bay Club, 16801 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades (310) 454-1391. Come when you can. Stay as long as you can. A few words will be spoken at 6:00 p.m. Party or business casual attire—whatever you want to wear.

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