William “Bill” Robinson III, who was one of the most decorated and involved attorneys in Northern Kentucky, if not the nation, died Tuesday, according to the Northern Kentucky Tribune.
Robinson, 72, succumbed after a seven-month battle with lung cancer.
His dedication and service to the region earned him more distinctions and regard than can possibly be mentioned in full, according to the Northern Kentucky Tribune. Call him “Mr. Northern Kentucky” – and everyone will know the reference, the newspaper said.
Robinson was member-in-charge at law firm Frost Brown Todd’s Florence office, was a member of the Kenton County Airport Board, served as chair of the NKY Chamber in 1986-87, and helped found the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED), which he had served as secretary/treasurer since 1987.
He was The American Bar Association’s 135th president in 2011-12, was past treasurer (2005-08) and in June 2016 was named chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, continuing on 30 years in leadership positions.
Robinson recently was named chairman of the National Judicial College Board of Trustees, the nation’s leading provider of education to judges across America and abroad. He had served as the president of the Kentucky Bar Association and president of the Kentucky Bar Foundation.
Robinson also held positions on regional civic and business boards, including the important Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport board, and he strongly encourages his office’s attorneys to get deeply involved in the community that they serve.