Baylor Law Baylor
 
Wayne Lindsey "Lyn" Robbins, Jr.
Senior General Attorney & Adjunct Professor of Law

PERSONAL

Born - February 2, 1965

Married to Gena Kaye (Lynch) Robbins, 1990 - present

Children - Wayne Lindsey Robbins III (“Trey”), born September 10, 1993

                Carolyn Faye Robbins, born June 18, 1996

                Annessa Kaye Robbins, born June 22, 1999 

 

EMPLOYMENT

2003 – Present: Senior General Attorney, BNSF Railway Company

2500 Lou Menk Drive,   AOB-3, Fort Worth, Texas 76131-2828

I am the senior in-house counsel primarily responsible for BNSF personal injury claims litigation – focusing on FELA, crossing accident, derailment, and pedestrian cases – along with appellate work, major damage collection litigation, and commercial dispute resolution. In addition to supervising outside counsel, I personally: try jury cases and arbitrations; take and defend depositions; and brief and argue motions and appeals. I have personally tried or arbitrated cases for BNSF in California, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington.  I have argued before the Supreme Courts of Iowa and Washington (both unanimous decisions in my favor) as well as various intermediate courts of appeal. I supervise an in-house team of three other lawyers, four paralegals, and one administrative assistant.  I provide primary direction and oversight to the company for areas including records/information preservation and destruction, medical and industrial hygiene program implementation, medical records production and privacy, e-discovery, new hire training, and internal communications.  I provide additional direction and advice in the areas of compliance, safety, and operations.  My team and I oversee the work of nearly one hundred outside law firms, with responsibility for litigation strategy, trial tactics, discovery, appellate briefing and argument, and alternate dispute resolution. I work with teams throughout the railroad in preparing defenses to claims and lawsuits and developing policies to prevent future injuries, accidents, and lawsuits; serve as counsel for a number of departments within the railroad; negotiate settlements with third parties responsible for derailments; and supervise multiple lawyers and paralegals in the Law Department.  My team supervises litigation in twenty-eight states.  I represent BNSF on various industry-wide committees and working groups as well as within the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, of which I am the incoming president.

2006 – Present: Adjunct Professor of Law, Baylor University School of Law

1114 South University Parks Drive, One Bear Place #97288, Waco, Texas 76798

I teach Advanced Trial Advocacy Skills to third-year law students, involving extensive exercises in trial techniques and studies of strategies and tactics.  I also serve on the faculty at the Academy of the Advocate held at the University Of St. Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom.

1990 – 2003: Partner/Member - Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin, PLLC,

150 Third Avenue, South, Suite 1700, Nashville, Tennessee 37201

I litigated thousands of cases and tried more than forty trials to verdict in Tennessee and Ohio.  I represented clients in dozens of appeals, including multiple arguments before both state and federal appellate courts and briefing before the United States Supreme Court and the Tennessee Supreme Court.  My general litigation practice focused primarily on representation of railroads and on medical/dental/legal malpractice defense in state and federal court; additional litigation practice included insurance coverage disputes, contract disputes, lender liability matters, real estate disclosure suits, plaintiff's personal injury representation, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, First Amendment matters, will contests, trademark infringement suits, adoptions, collections, and other miscellaneous litigation.  I served on the Firm Management Committee, as Recruiting Coordinator, and as firm softball coach. I was the youngest partner in the history of the firm.

1987 - 1990: Assistant Debate Coach - Baylor University

Castellaw Communications Center, Waco, Texas 76798

I coached approximately 12 intercollegiate debate teams per year, including the 1989 national championship team, the 1988 national runner-up, the 1988 national junior varsity championship team, and the second and third-place individual speakers in the nation in 1989.  

 

EDUCATION

J.D., cum laude, 1990      Baylor School of Law, Waco, Texas

            Leon Jaworski Scholar

Baylor Law Review - 1988-1990

            Lead Articles Editor, Senior Notes and Comment Editor

Barrister

 

B.A., with Honor, 1987      Baylor University, Waco, Texas

            majors - history, political science, economics

 

Diploma, 1983      Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, Tennessee

            National Merit Scholar

            Totomoi

            Cum Laude society

         

AWARDS AND HONORS

Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1996-present

Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice by National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2012-present

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, 1999 - present

Inaugural Recipient of Outstanding Service Award from the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, 2010

Baylor University Outstanding Young Alumnus - 2005

National Intercollegiate Debate Champion - 1987

#1 Individual Collegiate Debater in United States - 1986, 1987 (First ever consecutive winner)

Outstanding Advocacy/Legal Writing Award, Baylor School of Law, 1990

National Order of Barristers

ABA National Moot Court Team - qualifier for national championship, 1989

Texas Young Lawyers Association Mock Trial Team, 1990

Who’s Who in America

Who’s Who in American Law

 

COURT ADMISSIONS

United States Supreme Court

Supreme Court of the State of Tennessee

Supreme Court of the State of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

United States District Courts for the Middle, Western, and Eastern Districts of Tennessee

Pro hac vice and/or special admissions in California, Iowa, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Washington

 

ORGANIZATIONS

National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (1991 – present)

President (current); President-Elect (2014-2015);      Executive committee (2006 – present); Nominating committee (2010-2012; 2014-present); Southwest Region Vice-President (2008-2009); Faculty, College of Trial Advocacy (2008 - present); Amicus curiae committee (2007 – present); General Chair, 2007 Annual Meeting; Program Chair, 2008 Fall Meeting and 2009 Annual Meeting

Agricultural Development Initiatives, Inc. – Board of Directors (2003-2014)

National Board of Trial Advocacy (1996–present)

Examination drafter and grader (2003–2005)

Baylor University

Alumni Council (2007-present); Baylor University Alumni Association (1987-present) – Life Member; Baylor Law Alumni Association (1990-present) – Life Member; School of Communication Studies Board of Advocates (2007-present); Bear Foundation (2006-present)

National Association of Urban Debate Leagues – Annual Dinner Co-Chair, April 2013

National Development Conference Policy Debate Brief Series – editorial board (2009-present)

            Timely Interventions: A Translational Journal of Public Policy Debate - reviewer

International Association of Defense Counsel (2001-2003)

Defense Research Institute (2000-2003)

            Tennessee State Liaison – Medical Malpractice Section

American Bar Association (1990–2010)

            Section on Litigation; Subsection on Trial Evidence

State Bar of Texas (2003-present)

Fort Worth Tarrant County Bar Association (2008-present)

            Board of Directors, Volunteer Attorney Services Committee (2011-2013)

Tennessee Bar Association (1990-2003)

            Young Lawyers Division (Mock Trial Committee, 1997-98)

Nashville Bar Association (1990-2003)

Chancery/Circuit Court Committee; Young Lawyers Division (Board of Directors, 1992)

Association for Transportation Law, Logistics, and Policy (1995-2003)

Bellevue, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce (1996-97)

Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX (2007-present)

Deacon, Adult Sunday School Teacher, Youth Bible Study and Retreat Leader, Chancel Choir (President, 2009-2011), Director-The Bells of Broadway, Committee on Committees (Chair, 2014-15), Denominational Relations Committee, Youth Committee, Church Attorney (2008-13)

First Baptist Church, Keller, TX (2003-2007)

Deacon, Adult Sunday School Teacher, Sanctuary Choir/Ensemble, Sanctuary Ringers Director, Music Committee

First Baptist Church, Nashville, TN (1990-2003)

Deacon, Adult and College Sunday School Teacher, Trustee, Long Range Planning Committee (Vice-Chair, 1993-95), Personnel Committee, Sanctuary Choir/Ensemble, Sanctuary Ringers Director

 

PUBLICATIONS

“Witness Preparation for the In-House Team”, TEXAS PARALEGAL JOURNAL, Volume 16, Number 3, Winter 2011

The Lawyer's Guide to Texas Insurance Code Article 21.21, Michie (Carlsbad, Cal. - 1995) (editor)

“When Two Liberal Values Collide in an Era of ‘Political Correctness’; First Amendment Protection as a Check on Speech-Based Title VII Hostile Environment Claims”, 47 BAYLOR LAW REVIEW 789, Number 3, Summer 1995

“The Government Contract Defense after Boyle v. United Technologies Corporation”, 41 BAYLOR LAW REVIEW 291, Number 2, Spring 1989

Numerous Christian publications (book, articles, lyrics) – titles and publication information available upon request

 

PRESENTATIONS

“The Care and Feeding of Inside Counsel” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 61st Annual Meeting, The Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2015

“Opening Statements: More than Just ‘What the Evidence Will Show’” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Winter Meeting, LaQuinta Resort and Club, Palm Springs, California, March 2, 2015

“Slip Slidin’ Away – Trying the Walking Conditions Case” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Special Litigation Conference, The Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley, California, February 5, 2015

“Variations on a Theme: How Two Sentences Control a Trial” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Fall Meeting, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 26, 2014

“From the Cheap Seats: Trial Lessons Learned as the In-House Lawyer” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 60th Annual Meeting, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 30, 2014

“What In-House Counsel Expect from Outside Paralegals” – State Bar of Texas – Paralegal Division Annual Meeting, The Fort Worth Club, Fort Worth, Texas, June 27, 2014

“Good Company Story: Proceed with Caution” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Winter Meeting, The Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix Arizona, March 10, 2014

“How the Other Half Lives: The Railroad as Plaintiff in Derailment Collection Cases” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Special Litigation Conference, The Viceroy, Snowmass, Colorado, February 7, 2014

“What In-House Counsel Expect from Outside Paralegals” – Fort Worth Paralegal Association, Joe T. Garcia’s, Fort Worth, Texas, November 21, 2013

“Don’t Raise Your Voice; Improve Your Argument: Closing Argument and Bishop Tutu” - National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Winter Meeting, The Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona, March 4, 2013

“Fundamentals of Cross-Examination and Effective Impeachment” - National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 59th Annual Meeting, The Four Seasons, Boston, Massachusetts, July 31, 2013

“The Lawyer’s Approach to Trial: What Should be Going Through Your Mind?” – Houston Bar Association Seminar, The Junior League of Houston, Texas, August 9, 2012

“Taking Depositions with Trial in Mind” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 58th Annual Meeting, Four Seasons Resort – The Biltmore, Santa Barbara, California, July 30, 2012

“The Art of Voir Dire” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Winter Meeting, The Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona, March 5, 2012

“Witness Preparation for the Paralegal” – Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar, Marriott Hotel and Golf Club at Champions Circle, Fort Worth, Texas, October 6, 2011

“Yes, There are Thirty Minutes Worth of Things to Say about Direct” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 57th Annual Meeting, The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Quebec, July 25, 2011

Veit v. BNSF: Speed Preemption is Alive and Well” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Winter Meeting, The Fairmont Turnbury Isle, Aventura, Florida, March 9, 2011

“Witness Preparation” – State Bar of Texas, Division 3 Paralegal Division, Cacharel Grand Ballroom, Arlington, Texas, November 12, 2010

“We Didn’t Do It!  (But If We Did, It Wasn’t Our Fault)”– National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Fall Meeting, Four Seasons at Troon North, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 13, 2010

“Opening Statements:  More Than Just ‘What the Evidence Will Show’” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 56th Annual Meeting, The Inn at Loretto, Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 26, 2010

“The Approach to Trial:  What Should Be Going Through Your Mind?” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Fall Meeting, The Ritz Carlton, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 22, 2009

“The Approach to Trial: What Should Be Going Through Your Mind?” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 55th Annual Meeting, The Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, California, July 28, 2009

“Fundamentals of Cross-Examination and Effective Impeachment” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Fall Meeting, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 27, 2008

“Straight Talk from the Clients” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Fall Meeting, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 26, 2008

“Fundamentals of Cross-Examination and Effective Impeachment” –National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 54th Annual Meeting, Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta, August 7, 2008

“Defending Railroads:  The Roles and Relationships Among Inside, Outside and Coordinating Counsel” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 52nd Annual Meeting, Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, California, July 31, 2006

“If I Am In-House Now, Was I Outhouse Before? What In-House Counsel Wish Outside Counsel Knew and Vice-Versa” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 51st Annual Meeting, The Four Seasons, Boston, Massachusetts, July 26, 2005

“Trial by Ad Hominem – The Tactics of Personal Destruction” – National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 50th Annual Meeting, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 28, 2004

“Man Bites Dog -- The Railroad as Plaintiff in Crossing Accident Cases” - National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 44th Annual Meeting, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, July 29, 1998

“Dealing with Plaintiffs' Experts” - National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 44th Annual Meeting, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, July 28, 1998

“Defendant's Summary Judgment in an FELA Case -- Not Necessarily an Oxymoron:  Finding the Winning Issue” - National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Winter Meeting, The Wigwam, Litchfield Park, Arizona, March 2, 1996

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Personal blog – “Blogarithmic Expressions” – www.wlrjr.blogspot.com

Personal website – www.LynRobbins.com

Author, In the Court of the Master: An Ordinary Man’s Walk with an Extraordinary God, (Austin Brothers 2011)

contestant – “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” – December 2000

 

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS

Baseball (playing, coaching, watching, trivia, fantasy leagues); acting and directing; writing; teaching; playing golf, softball, basketball, racquetball, and tennis; piano; handbells; movies; Broadway musicals; novels (Grisham, Clancy, Cornwell, Turow, R.N.Patterson, Baldacci, Meltzer, Martini, Griffin, Karon, Grafton, Jance, Case); Christian reading (Willard, Lewis, Lucado, Buechner, Marney, Wright); literature reading (Hugo, Tolkien, Twain)

 

 

References available upon request.

Robbins

Wayne Lindsey "Lyn" Robbins, Jr.



Courses Taught
Advanced Trial Advocacy Skills Seminar


Lyn.Robbins@BNSF.com
Personal blog "Blogarithmic Expressions"
www.wlrjr.blogspot.com
Personal website www.LynRobbins.com