Joan E. Robinson

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.6277 |

Areas of Practice

Joan Robinson focuses her practice on complex lending transactions (secured and unsecured), Uniform Commercial Code issues, real estate, loan workouts, commercial transactions, and financial institution-related matters, including regulation. Joan received her Juris Doctor from the University of Washington in 1977, and her B.A. from the University of Washington in 1974, where she was awarded Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. Before joining Lane Powell, she was Senior Counsel for First Interstate Bank. Joan is a member of the Washington State Bar Association Business Section, a member of the Section’s Executive Committee, Chair of the Financial Institutions Committee of that Section.

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington


  • University of Washington School of Law (J.D., 1977)
  • University of Washington (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1974)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Apparel and Footwear
  • Business
  • Cannabis
  • Finance and Banking
  • Financial Institutions
  • FinTech
  • Mortgage and Consumer Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Transportation Client Team


  • “New Uniform Power of Attorney Act, Effective January 1 (Bankers’ Edition),” Lane Powell Legal Update, Co-author (December 1, 2016)
  • “Five Legal Topics for Washington Bankers to Consider This Fall,” Issues and Answers magazine, Washington Bankers Association, Co-author (September/October 2013)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Real Estate Core Curriculum: Current Issues in Washington Commercial Real Estate,” Building Owners and Managers Associations of Seattle King County, Co-presenter (May 26, 2016)
  • “When Obscure Laws Attack! A Discussion of Traps for the Unwary Commercial Lender,” The Risk Management Association Puget Sound Chapter Dinner Meeting, Co-presenter (May 3, 2016)
  • “Real Estate Core Curriculum:  Current Issues in Washington Commercial Real Estate,” Building Owners and Managers Associations of Seattle King County (November 13, 2014)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Banking and Finance (2003-2018)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Washington State Bar, Business Section Executive Committee (Chair, Financial Institutions Committee)
  • Washington State Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • Board of Trustees, Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations (PONCHO)
  • Board Member, Hillel at University of Washington