Robinson named partner at local firm

After working for years as an attorney with D. Stephen Parsons P.A., Manaen S. “Robbie” Robinson IV was recently made partner of the newly minted Parsons & Robinson P.A.

“Robbie has been an important part of the office for many years. It is a pleasure to introduce him as my partner. He is an excellent attorney and such a great person,” said Parsons.

Although his plan wasn’t always to go into law, per se, Robinson was interested in law before deciding to become an attorney.

“At one point I wanted to be a police officer, but that changed quickly in college. I was still interested in the criminal-justice field but was trying to figure out what else I could do in the field.”

A life-long Sussex County resident, Robinson graduated from Indian River High School in 1999 and matriculated to the University of Delaware, where he studied criminal justice, graduating in 2003.

He went on to receive his juris doctorate from Albany Law School in 2007. He took the Delaware Bar Examination and was admitted.

“I had been in Delaware my whole life, and was thinking, ‘I need to get out of here for a minute.’ I think it took me going to New York for a couple of years to realize that I wanted to come back here and how much I appreciate being here. This is where I wanted to be.”

He went on to work with Kim DeBonte, Esq., for whom he’d clerked during summers in law school.

“She taught me all the basics — how to practice law, how to treat clients, confidentiality, appropriate communication with clients — I learned a lot from her.”

After five years with DeBonte, Robinson went on to work for Parsons.

“It’s good to work with someone who has deep roots in the community, that’s been doing this for so long. Pretty much every issue that comes up, he has dealt with in the past, because he’s been practicing for 30 years or so. It’s nice to have that person to go to.”

Now Parsons & Robinson P.A., the firm was established in 1982 and serves the lower Delaware area.

“As we continue to grow, our goals are to maintain a small enough team to personally assist our clients and to better serve the ever-growing Sussex County community,” notes the firm’s website. “Our firm handles real estate property, business, estate planning, wills and corporate law in the entire Sussex County.”

“The firm has been busy and lucky enough to maintain a steady stream of customers in the past, and I hope to keep that going for as long as I’m able to work. I do like being in the community, I do like helping people here.”

Robinson, who lives in Dagsboro with his wife, Cara, and their three children, said it’s great to be practicing in the same community in which he grew up.

“I really do enjoy helping people,” said Robinson. “Being able to assist people with estate planning so they feel comfortable that their families will be taken care of, or real estate transactions so that they have all the information that they need when purchasing a piece of property — that’s satisfying.

“I find that a lot of people who come in here went to high school with my dad or, knew my grandmother and that she used to live where the Giant is now, or I went to school with their kids. I think that helps people be able to relate to me. I was born and raised here, so was Steve, and I think people find comfort in that.”

Robinson said he’s proud to have been made a name partner in the firm.

“I’m excited about it. I know I’m going to continue with this firm; I don’t have to worry about going out and setting up my own office at any point. This is where I’m going to be.”

He said he hopes when looking for a firm to work with people in the community they consider Parsons & Robinson P.A. to represent them.

“We’ve got a proven track record. I think people feel good coming to a firm that has been here for a long time, has a good reputation and a great work product.”

Parsons & Robinson P.A. is located at 118 Atlantic Avenue, Suite #401, in Ocean View. For more information, call (302) 539-2220 or visit


By Maria Counts

Staff Reporter