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Barrett Reasoner

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Gibbs & Bruns LLP


Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP


Barrett Reasoner is a partner at Gibbs & Bruns LLP.  In his twenty-nine years of trial practice, Barrett’s cases have spanned an array of areas, including securities, oil and gas, construction, environmental, and intellectual property.  Barrett was named Best Lawyers’s “Securities Litigation Lawyer of the Year,” Houston, 2016 and 2019; “Construction Litigation Lawyer of the Year,” Houston, 2017; and “Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year,” Houston, 2015.  

Following law school, Barrett was an Assistant District Attorney for Harris County (Houston), Texas for two years. He joined Gibbs & Bruns in 1992 and became a partner in 1996.


Barrett is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and The International Society of Barristers. Barrett is also immediate past chair of the Houston Bar Foundation.  He served as a Representative for District 4 on the State Bar of Texas' Board of Directors and is a former President of the Houston Bar Association.  


The University of Texas, J.D., with honors, 1990 Order of the Barristers London School of Economics and Political Science, Graduate Diploma, 1987 Duke University, B.A., cum laude, 1986

United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

A 'go-to firm for high-stakes litigation’, Gibbs & Bruns LLP celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2018; it was founded in Texas, where it maintains a thriving litigation practice, though it handles disputes across the country. In an illustration of both the firm's trial prowess and energy-sector expertise, Kathy Patrick and Ayesha Najam represented Occidental Petroleum as plaintiff in pipeline litigation against NuStar Logistics, which went to a five-week bench trial. Other leading practitioners include founding partner Robin Gibbs, Barrett Reasoner and managing partner Scott Humphries, and Ross MacDonald is a rising star at the associate level. Named attorneys are based in Houston.

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Leading trial lawyers

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Barrett Reasoner - Gibbs & Bruns LLP

Within: Leading trial lawyers - ranked: tier 5

Barrett Reasoner - Gibbs & Bruns LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: oil and gas

Within: Energy litigation: oil and gas

Both household names and small- to medium-sized entities in the oil and gas industry feature in Gibbs & Bruns LLP's impressive client base; the Houston-based trial boutique has an extensive track record in litigating bet-the-company matters and engaging in complex commercial litigation. Highlights include head of team Robin Gibbs and Mark Giugliano representing Enterprise Products in a lawsuit against Amec Foster Wheeler which started in 2016; the client asserts numerous claims including breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraudulent inducement and cost overruns worth over $850m; recent work on the matter includes extensive document discovery and filing merits depositions. In defense work, Barrett Reasoner acted for BHP Billiton in a dispute brought by a non-operator alleging unauthorized drilling and workover operations and anti-competitive gathering rates, seeking over $15m in damages; a favorable settlement was reached between the parties. Occidental Petroleum, Sanchez Oil & Gas, Pioneer Natural Resources and Kinder Morgan are some other noteworthy clients of the firm. Head of team Kathy Patrick, Ayesha Najam and Brian Ross are also recommended. Colin Pogge, David Sheeren and Brice Wilkinson were all made up to partner in October 2018; Jennifer Horan Greer and Jeffrey Kubin retired in March 2018.

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