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Robert Bienstock

Of Counsel

Research Compliance

Licensed to Practice Law In:
The State of California

With nearly four decades of experience serving within a university environment, Robert brings extensive legal experience with nearly every practice area affecting higher education. He built a distinguished career spanning multiple roles at the University of New Mexico and Yale University.

At Yale, Robert served as Associate General Counsel and Senior Associate General Counsel, overseeing legal services critical to the university's research and technology enterprise. His responsibilities included advising in all areas of research compliance and technology transfer, including compliance in human and animal research, bio-safety, export controls, and research misconduct. He was instrumental in developing and revising research compliance policies, interpreting federal regulations, and managing responses to inquiries and investigations.

Previously, at the University of New Mexico, Robert held the positions of Interim University Counsel and Deputy Associate University Counsel, where he restructured the legal services division and supervised a team providing intellectual property, research, and technology transfer legal services. His career highlights include structuring complex research deals, negotiating tech transfer agreements, and resolving disputes related to university research projects.


Robert received his J.D. from Berkeley School of Law School of Law and his B.S. in Physics from SUNY Stony Brook. He has been recognized for his contributions to legal scholarship, having authored articles and presented at numerous conferences on topics involving research compliance and technology transfer. He is a member of several professional associations, including the National Association of Colleges and University Attorneys (NACUA). Robert has previously served on the NACUA Board of Directors and received the highest recognitions for his outstanding and exemplary service to the Association, including both the Distinguished Service Award and the Life Membership Award.

  • Professional Background:
    Tianjin Yonghan Law Firm -Attorney, Corporate Operations MWE China Law Offices -Intern Spanish Cuatrecasas LLP, Shanghai Representative Office -Intern Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group -Intern
  • Education
    East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) -L.L.B. Law East China University of Politics and Law (ECUPL) -L.L.M. Economic Law
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