Our History

John B. Robins, Sr. (1871-1940)


John B. Robins, Sr., was originally from the small village of Whiteport, New York, and graduated from the New York University Law School.   While attending law school he befriended a fellow student from Crisfield, Maryland, by the name of “Long” who persuaded him in 1899 to go to Crisfield to practice law with him.   After about six months, Long decided to “go West” and left Crisfield.   John found himself a “stranger” and struggled to establish a successful law practice.   Ultimately he was elected State’s Attorney for Somerset County and was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 1922.


Stanley G. Robins (1900-1984)

Stanley was born in Crisfield, Maryland.  He entered the preparatory department at Washington College in September 1916.  Upon completing his work in the preparatory department he entered the collegiate department and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in June 1921.  He was president of the Student Council in his senior year and as valedictorian of his class he delivered the senior farewell address.  In recognition of his all-around activities he was awarded the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter Gold Medal.

He was very active in sports winning varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball all four years.  He was elected captain of the three varsity sports for two successive years, a distinction no other Washington College athlete holds.  The Baltimore Sun named him quarterback on its All Maryland football team in 1920 and as forward on the All Maryland basketball team 1920-21.  He was inducted into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame on October 15, 1982.

Following his graduation from Washington College he entered the University of Maryland Law School.  He passed the Maryland Bar in 1923 and returned to Crisfield where he entered his father’s law office.  In 1925 he moved to Salisbury where he established a successful law practice.  In 1960 he was elected a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Stanley was elected to the Board of Directors of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Salisbury on June 28, 1939; and on January 10, 1961, he was elected Chairman of the Board, serving for many years prior to the merger of the bank with Union Trust Company of Maryland.  Following the merger he served as Chairman of the Salisbury Advisory Board of Union Trust Company of Maryland until his death on January 28, 1984.  He “died with his boots on,” still engaged in the practice of law at the age of 84 years.


John B. (“Jack”) Robins, III (1928-1982)

Jack Robins was born in Salisbury, Maryland.  He attended Washington College for several years and graduated from Salisbury State College (now Salisbury University).  After graduation he moved to Baltimore and attended the University of Maryland School of Law, from which he graduated.  After passing the Maryland Bar Examination, he returned to Salisbury in 1952 to practice law with his father, Stanley G. Robins, under the name “Robins and Robins.”  During his years of practice, he also served as U.S. Commissioner (1958-1966) and in 1958 he served as Chairman of the Republican State Central Committee.

In 1971, Stanley and Jack added another partner, Thomas F. Johnson, Jr., and the firm name was changed to “Robins, Robins & Johnson.”  Tom also heralds from a family with a tradition in legal service.  His grandfather, William Johnson, and his uncle, Edmund J. Johnson, both served as Judges in the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland; and his father, Thomas F. Johnson, Sr., practiced law in Berlin, Maryland, and served as a U.S. Congressman.


 John B. Robins, IV