Hinson won esteem in law, life

Robin Hinson, a longtime Charlotte attorney who commanded respect from colleagues and competitors alike, has died.

Hinson, 77, a partner at Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, died Monday at Presbyterian Hospital, less than a week after doctors discovered an inoperable brain tumor, his youngest son, Minor, said Tuesday.

Those who knew him described the Rockingham native as a smart lawyer, trusted friend and Southern gentleman.

“His intelligence and ability were striking,” said Russell Robinson, a partner at the firm. “But more important, his integrity, loyalty and kindness were also very evident.”

Hinson went to Davidson College where, in his senior year, he married his childhood sweetheart, Frances Garrett, who died last year.

He later enrolled in law school at UNC Chapel Hill and, after graduation, served as an assistant professor and assistant dean there.

In 1978, Hinson joined Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson. His practice areas included banking, mergers and acquisitions and corporate law.

Hinson also wanted to give back to the community, said Minor Hinson, 47. He served on the board of the Foundation for the Carolinas, for instance.

Last week, a few hours after he found out about the inoperable tumor, he sat up in his hospital bed to give an interview for the foundation's annual review, Minor Hinson said.

Other accomplishments include a two-decade stint teaching the N.C. Bar Review Course, where “he put the graduating law students on his back and carried them, for 21 years,” said John Wester, a partner at Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson.

The father of three was also a talented pianist and “extremely patriotic guy” who wrote letters to the children in the family on July 4 about how the country was founded, Minor Hinson said.

A memorial service will be held at Myers Park United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Friday.

“He was a marvelous example for all of us on how to be an outstanding lawyer and a real gentleman,” said Ward McKeithen, a partner at Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson. “He was a real inspiration to those who knew him.”