After enjoying a beautiful Christmas, John William Robinson IV passed peacefully surrounded by his family at his Tampa home on January 9.
He was born in Atlanta on April, 29, 1950, the son of John William Robinson III and Elizabeth Smith Robinson. He proudly attended Washington & Lee University, editing the college newspaper and serving as an officer of Pi Kappa Alpha and Omicron Delta Kappa. There he received his army commission.
After attending law school at the University of Georgia, John worked as an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in his beloved city of New Orleans. Shortly after their wedding in 1976, John and Ellen left for Mainz, Germany, where John served three years as defense counsel and then chief prosecutor with the First Brigade, Eighth Infantry as a Judge Advocate.
John entered private practice with Fowler White Boggs in its Tampa office in 1980. There he served as firm secretary, board member, department head and firm counsel. He chaired the American Bar Association’s and The Florida Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Committees or Sections, and the Trial Lawyers Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
He was past president of the C.H. Ferguson & M.E. White Tampa Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and was privileged to serve two terms as a member of the National Board of Trustees for the American Inns of Court Foundation. Among his many honors, John was listed in Best Lawyers of America, Top 10 Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Trend Magazine’s Florida Legal Elite 2004-2010.
Committed to his community, John was elected as the [standing] Commodore of the Tampa Yacht and Country Club. He served as chairman of the Alumni Board for Washington & Lee University and later served two terms on the University’s Board of Trustees. He was general counsel to the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
John graduated from, and was very involved with, Leadership Tampa, serving on the Board of Directors as well as the Board for the Tampa Chapter’s Alumni organization.
He served on multiple civic boards, including the Tampa Bay History Center, Berkeley Preparatory School, the University Club, the Board of Fellows for the University of Tampa, the Tampa Bay Rotary Club (past president), the Boy Scouts of America, and Northside Community Mental Health Center.
John is survived by his wife, Ellen Showalter Robinson; his son, William Sands Robinson, and daughter-in-law Lauren, of Chicago; his daughter, Anna Robinson Alldredge, and son-in-law Nathan, of Carpinteria, Cal.; his grandson, Soren Robinson Alldredge; his mother, Elizabeth Smith Robinson; his sister, Margaret Robinson Buker; his brother, Rutledge Lee Robinson; his sisters-in-law, Dee Showalter Garrett and Pam Showalter; and loving nieces and nephews, all of whom mourn his passing.
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