Senior Partner Robert Tobin commemorated his 50th year of membership with the New London County Bar Association at their Winter Event earlier this month. Attorney Tobin was joined by fellow partners, associates and firm management to celebrate this momentous occasion.
Attorney Tobin came to the firm now known as Tobin, Carberry, O’Malley, Riley & Selinger, P.C. (TCORS) in 1968, after graduating from Boston College Law School. In the first phase of his career, he established himself as a litigator who was comfortable handling a variety of challenging cases.
As the firm’s clients and their needs changed, Attorney Tobin also became a capable business and transactional lawyer. For example, he counseled a publicly traded company which purchased the entire off-track betting system from the State in the early 1990s. Since that time, he has represented this firm in its gaming-related businesses throughout Connecticut, which included running the state lottery.
Attorney Tobin also became deeply immersed in Native American law and handled the Connecticut representation of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, as well as issues for various gaming companies conducting business with the tribal entities in our area. For this work, he was named an International Master of Gaming Law. While Attorney Tobin has represented large enterprises such as these, he’s also excelled at helping local businesses with contract disputes and company transactions.
Despite the demands of legal practice, he was always helping to improve the community in East Lyme and elsewhere through public service. He served a term in the Connecticut legislature in the 1970s, served as Chairman of the East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department for over 20 years, and currently chairs the Town’s Library Board. In 2008, he was honored for his service with a Distinguished Citizen Award from Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Attorney Tobin is an AV-Preeminent Rated attorney through Martindale-Hubbell and was included in the 2018 edition of the Best Lawyers in America for his work in gaming and Native American law. He received the “Local Litigation Star” award in the areas of Appellate, Commercial, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, by Benchmark Plaintiff in 2012. Attorney Tobin is also recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyer under the primary practice areas of Business Litigation, Business/Corporate and Gaming law from 2006 to 2012.
Managing Partner Glenn Carberry was Attorney Tobin’s keynote speaker at the event. Attorney Carberry highlighted on his fellow partner’s distinguished career.
“He is a problem solver who looks behind the legal issue at hand and treats clients as people who need help. His first thought is what can I do to help this person achieve their business objective or personal goal. He brings the same quality to his role as the senior partner of our firm. Any time you have an issue that you need to discuss with someone, he’s interested in helping and always provides some insightful analysis. He is the foundation for which the firm was built on half a century ago. Today, we continue Bob’s legacy with the help of a new generation of attorneys,” said Attorney Carberry.
The Winter Event was held at Langley’s Restaurant in Waterford. Attorney Tobin was honored along with Jon F.J. Foley, Edward O’Connell and Richard Rothstein.