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Marla Merhab Robinson

Business Attorney at Santa Ana, CA

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Marla Robinson

  • Licensed for 35 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Marla

Learn Marla’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Business Law, Corporate Law, Entity Formation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Finance Law, Purchase & Sale of Businesses, Negotiation of Leases & Real Estate Sale, Aqcuisition and Finance Documents

    36 years

  2. Corporate and incorporation
    Entity formation and maintenance for corporations, LLC's, LLP's, limited partnerships.

    36 years

  3. Employment and labor
    Proactive advice on best practices, discipline, termination , family leave, classification as exempt from overtime, harassment, discrimination and compensation. Preparation of employee handbooks, employment contracts, and employment forms.

    36 years

  4. Contracts and agreements
    General drafting and review of business contracts.

    36 years

  5. Mergers and acquisitions
    Represent sellers and buyers in the acquistion of businesses through asset purchases, stock purchases, mergers and other structures.

    36 years

I was the 2011 chair of the Orange County Bar Association Business and Corporate Law Section.  I was a Professor at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California, in 2006, where I taught employment law. 


These are the charities I support:

Mary's Shelter

Healthy Smiles

Laura's House

Mercy House

The Sheepfold

Team Up for Down Syndrome

 Alheimer's Association

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Posted by Greg | November 21, 2011
Always on top of it!
We have worked with Mrs. Robinson for over 15 years and have always had excellent results and service. From legal advice and representation to contracts and paperwork issues like starting and dissolving companies, she has done it all for us.
Posted by John | May 8, 2010
Cient Rating for Marla Merhab Robinson
Marla Merhab Robinson is the consummate attorney. We value and appreciate her professionalism, trustworthiness, and knowledge. We have peace of mind knowing that Ms. Robinson is being proactive in mitigating our legal exposure in all areas of our business. We have experienced that Ms. Robinson's talents and values permeate her firm. It is assuring to know that whomever you work with at Merhab, Robinson, and Jackson, you will be provided with the highest caliber of counsel and support.
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Posted by Aimee | April 23, 2010
Marla Merhab Robinson - An Excellent Attorney
Ms. Robinson is an excellent attorney. She and her firm have represented our company as corporate counsel for over 20 years. I have worked with Marla for over 12 years and she is extremely knowledgable, articulate, responsive, helpful and the list could go on. She can write or revise a contract within minutes and is a highly effective negotiator. She and her collegues have seen us through countless lawsuits, corporate ventures, contract negotiations, employee matters, and more. She would be an asset to any company.
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2009
Business-Minded Employment Attorney
Marla is a great employment attorney and an awesome all-around person. In my prior position as Sr. Director of Human Resources for a high tech company, Marla handled all of our employment related issues. She is knowledgable and great to work with. What's great about Marla is that she has a business background. Where many other attorneys often just give general advice and then say "it's a business decision," Marla can and does make a valuable partner in the decision-making process. With her business background she understands what it means to run a business and can advise accordingly. Working with Marla continues to be a great experience and one I recommend to anyone in need of employment law services.
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2009
James C. Kieckhafer, CPA
Marla and I have work together on multiple client engagements. Marla is an excellent choice for middle market businesses. She has the expertise to handle most legal issues these companies face. She has expertise in employment matters, general business issues, and real estate transactions. Marla also has worked on the sale of numerous businesses as well as the acquisition of businesses. Marla is very responsive. With her experience and business acumen, she quickly understands the issues and objectives of her clients. Her insights and legal advice are extremely valuable to her clients. I would strongly recommend Marla to any business.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 500-515 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Western State University College of Law
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Associate Attorney
  • Eadington Merhab & EAdington
  • 1991 - 1997
  • Exec VP/General Counsel
  • Silvercrest Industries
  • 1987 - 1991


  • Western State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of San Diego
  • BBA- Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • 1978

Legal Cases

  • Expert Witness
  • Won
  • Sale of Sub Prime Auto Finance Co.
  • successful closing
  • Purchase of machining company
  • successful closing
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  • ProVisors NPA
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Visionary Women-Alzheimer's Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • ProVisors
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 1987 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • SHRM
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • M & A Source
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Orange County Bar Association, Business and Corporate Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2011
  • HRIC
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Vistage International
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2016
  • OC Bar Association Business and Corporate Law section
  • Chair
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Mary's Shelter
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Western State University Alumni Association
  • Founding Member
  • 1998 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Crystal Heart Award
  • Laura's House
  • 2021
  • Top Attorney in Orange County
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Attorney in Orange County
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • 2012 Top Orange County Attorney listed in OC Metro
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Top Attorneys List in OC Metro
  • Avvo
  • 2011
  • Woman of the Year
  • Orange County Association of Health Underwriters
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • KABC Interview
  • So What's Your Problem?
  • 2020
  • Seminar
  • How to Close Your Law Practice
  • 2018
  • Webinar
  • Employee Classification and Overtime
  • 2014
  • CFSA Workshop
  • HR Policies
  • 2013
  • Webinar
  • Compliant Investigations
  • 2013
  • Webinar
  • Health Care Reform: Health Plan Overview
  • 2013
  • Webinar
  • New Laws for a New Year 2013
  • 2013
  • IBBA
  • Taught Legal Aspects of Business Brokerage Course 104
  • 2013
  • Radio Appearance
  • Money Talks AM 1530
  • 2013
  • Webinar
  • Performance Appraisal Process
  • 2013
  • Webinar
  • Legal Issues in Social Media
  • 2013
  • The Complex Web of Leaves of Absences
  • Leaves of Absences
  • 2013
  • webinar
  • Social Media Policies You Need to Know: Email, Facebook & Blogging in the Workplace
  • 2013
  • Webinar
  • Brinker Ruling - What it Means to You
  • 2012
  • Webinar
  • Employee Travel Time
  • 2012
  • Webinar
  • Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors
  • 2012
  • Webinar
  • Making Alternative Workweeks Work For Your Company
  • 2012
  • Webinar
  • Document, Discipline and Discharge: The Right Way to Fire Employees in California
  • 2012
  • Spring 2012 Conference
  • Iron Sharpens Iron - Intermediaries and Attorneys Creating Winning Teams
  • 2012
  • General Membership Meeting
  • Employer & Employee Liability in Connection with Use of Social Media in Workplace
  • 2012
  • All City
  • Sexual Harassment Avoidance
  • 2012
  • Webinar
  • Exempt v. Nonexempt Classification
  • 2012
  • CFSA
  • Social Media in the Workplace
  • 2011
  • Dealing with Problem Employees Seminar
  • Dealing with Problem Employees
  • 2011
  • presentation to HRIC
  • 2010 Labor Law Update
  • 2010
  • presentation for Friedmann & Friedmann
  • 2009 Labor Law Update
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (31)
Endorse Marla
Business Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Marla is a hard-working and experienced attorney, and is extremely knowledgeable about a variety of business law issues."
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Marla and her team are no-nonsense practiioners that can dig down and focus on the real issues driving a deal. Her background gives her a business person's pragmatism to help move the deal forward and still navigate all of potential legal landmines in any merger or other business deal"
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Marla. She is a respected member of the Orange County legal community. She has a great reputation as a fine advocate and she has taught employment law as well."
Business Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Robinson is a terrific attorney who goes above and beyond for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Marla is an extremely knowledgeable employment and labor attorney, with over 20 years of expierence in this area of law. Marla is a smart, conscientious and highly ethical business lawyer, with actual business experience, who works very hard and diligently for her clients. Marla is also very experienced in M&As. I highly recommend Marla."
Business Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Business Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work, without hesitation or reservation. The choices of responses to the questions asked here about "Relationship to the lawyer ... and "Primary practice area ..." are too limited. Ms. Robinson and I first met as opposing counsel in an M&A matter, and, as a result of my very favorable impressions, subsequently we have collaborated on M&A, general business and dispute resolution matters. Further, I have both retained and referred Ms. Robinson for and to my clients' interests in employers' employment law matters. Most importantly by my standards, through these experiences, I have come to know Ms. Robinson as an intelligent, extremely competent, pragmatic and successful problem solver, all in a manner consistent with her clients' objectives and needs. Ms. Robinson is a damn fine lawyer!"
Commercial real estate Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Marla Robinson is highly ethical and very competent. She works together with opposing counsel to get deals accomplished."
Business Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Marla is one of the brightest and most talented people that I have had the pleasure of working for. Marla can focus on more than the legal issues at stake; she really understands the business impact of the legal issues. She also has the ability to explain complex issues in a way that is understandable to someone that is unfamiliar with the subject matter. I would highly recommend Marla’s work to any business owner, executive or other professional."
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