R. Robinson


Rob Plowden advises clients on commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis on data center development, leases and service level agreements; office, industrial and retail development and leasing; and general commercial real estate development. Rob’s clients include Fortune 500 corporations and entrepreneurs. The geographic coverage of his engagements includes most of the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Western Europe and Singapore. His general real estate experience includes joint venture formation, purchase and sales, and development and leasing for office, industrial, retail, multifamily and mixed-use projects.

As leader of Sutherland’s data center practice, Rob has more than 15 years of experience helping both developers and end users build, finance, purchase and lease mission-critical data centers and colocation facilities. Rob’s data center experience includes negotiating leases, service level agreements, meet me room agreements, facility management agreements, tax incentives, power purchase contracts, indefeasible rights of use (IRU) and fiber optic cable access agreements.

Selected Experience

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of real estate (2015)

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of real estate (2015-2016)

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers® (2013-2014)

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” (2005-2007, 2009, 2011)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate law (2017)

Professional Activities

Member, NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association
Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
Member, Urban Land Institute, Atlanta Chapter
Associate Member, U.S. Green Building Council
Board of Editors, Retail Law Strategist

  • LL.M., cum laude, Duke University School of Law
  • J.D., cum laude, Duke University School of Law, Editor-in-Chief, Alaska Law Review
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Duke University, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an international law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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