Robert C. Sheehan

Of Counsel

Of Counsel

Executive Partner (1994-2009)

New York

T: +1.212.735.3350

F: 1.917.777.3350


Download vcard vCard Icon

Robert C. Sheehan, who oversees the firm’s pro bono program, was Executive Partner of Skadden, Arps from April 1994 to April 2009. Mr. Sheehan began his career with Skadden in 1969, became a partner in 1978 and of counsel in 2010.

Prior to his tenure as Executive Partner, Mr. Sheehan headed the Financial Institutions Merger & Acqui­sition Group, which he had founded. Mr. Sheehan, who has been cited by publications as one of the world’s leading banking lawyers, has represented numerous bank and thrift holding companies, both as acquirers and as targets, in negotiated and unsolicited acquisition transactions. He also has served as counsel for financial institutions in connection with their relations with various state and federal banking regulatory authorities.

In 2012, Mr. Sheehan received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Law Firm Leadership from The American Lawyer magazine. He was named as the recipient of the Judge Learned Hand Award by the American Jewish Committee in 2010. Mr. Sheehan also was honored with the 2009 Laurie D. Zelon Award by the Pro Bono Institute (presented to him by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) in recognition of his pro bono service. In 2008, he was the recipient of the St. Thomas More Award by the Lawyers Committee of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund for his leadership and service to the legal profession. In addition, Mr. Sheehan received the Legal Aid Society’s 2005 Servant of Justice Award for his contributions to pro bono causes.

Bar Admissions

New York


University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1969

Boston College, 1966


Former Member, Board of Overseers, University of Pennsylvania Law School (1996-2012)

Member, Board of Directors & Co-Chair of Capital Campaign, Harlem RBI

Pro Bono Institute, Co-Chair of the Law Firm Advisory Committee of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project

Member, Board of Directors, Volunteers of Legal Service, Inc.

Member, Board of Directors, Skadden, Arps Foundation for Diversity in the Legal Profession

Member, Board of Trustees, Skadden Fellowship Foundation

Former Vice President and Chair, Nominating Committee, New York City Bar Association

Member, Advisory Board of the Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School

Member, Board of Directors, Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A

Former Member, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

President, Flom Family Foundation

Member, New York State Permanent Commission on Access to Justice

Member, Chief Judge’s Advisory Council on Attorney Emeritus Program

Related Practices

Search for a Professional