Anthony W. Robinson

Anthony W. Robinson
Anthony W. Robinson

Minority Business Enterprise Education
and Legal Defense Fund

Anthony W. Robinson has dedicated his professional career to ensuring that the gains made by the civil rights movements of the last century will be sustained for generations to come.

Upon his graduation from Washington College School of Law in 1973, he immediately embarked on his career as one of the country’s primary advocates for minority-owned businesses as associate legal counsel for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Since then and throughout his career, Robinson has devoted his skill to providing prime legal support to MBEs across the country. Over the years, Robinson has acted as a litigant or Amicus for dozens of cases, including cases before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of dozens of MBEs.

Since 1984, Robinson has been president of the Minority Business Enterprise Education and Legal Defence Fund, founded by Parren J. Mitchell, the first African American to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the State of Maryland. He chose Robinson to lead the organization.

MBELDEF, under Robinson, has engaged in activities on behalf of MBEs that have been comprehensive in nature including litigation, testimony before legislative bodies, legal guidance and technical assistance to local, state and federal agencies. He and the organization have actively participated in the passage and preservation of major MBE legislation from P.L. 95-507, P. L. 99-661 and the Disadvantaged Business
Enterprise Program with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Most recently he was instrumental in mobilizing the public and private sector (i.e. majority corporations) to work in a collaboration to address those public policy issues that impede building capacity in minority enterprises and historically black colleges. He has advised international business organizations relative to their business development strategies including the African National Congress’ Constitutional Committee, the Department of Transportation for the State of Tanzania, the Indigenous Business Organization of Zimbabwe and Integrare the
supplier diversity program in Brazil.