Robert C. Sheehan oversees (on an emeritus basis) the firm’s pro bono program, and he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Skadden Fellowship Foundation. He was Executive Partner of Skadden 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 Skadden 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 in an address by 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.

Mr. Sheehan is president of the Joseph. H. Flom Foundation, a member of the New York State Permanent Commission on Access to Justice, a member of the Chief Judge’s Advisory Council on the Attorney Emeritus Program, a member of the board of directors of Volunteers of Legal Service, Inc., and a member of the Advisory Board of the Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School. He also serves on the Executive Committee of DREAM (formerly known as Harlem RBI) and served as co-chair of its Capital Campaign to build its school in East Harlem.



  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1969
  • Boston College, 1966


  • New York


  • Former Member, Board of Overseers, University of Pennsylvania Law School (1996-2012)
  • Pro Bono Institute, Co-Chair of the Law Firm Advisory Committee of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project
  • Emeritus Member of Board of Directors, Skadden, Arps Foundation for Diversity in the Legal Profession
  • Former Vice President, Chair of the Nominating Committee, New York City Bar Association
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
  • Former Member, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Robert C. Sheehan