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Robin Gibbs

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Gibbs & Bruns LLP


Founding Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP. Complex commercial litigation.


Named the “Father of the Litigation Boutique in Texas” by The Texas Lawbook and noted as the “dean of high-stakes litigation” by Chambers USA, Robin Gibbs has over 48 years of experience as a trial lawyer.  Robin’s practice, and that of his firm, focuses exclusively on business and commercial litigation in a wide array of areas, including contract, energy, oil and gas, antitrust, trade secret, legal malpractice, securities, director liability, intellectual property, construction, and partnership disputes.  

Robin’s longtime career and community contributions have been highlighted by his colleagues, peers and various organizations.  The Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists (TACTAS) named Robin recipient of the 2018 “Lifetime of Excellence in Advocacy Award” and Texas Appleseed presented him with the 2018 “J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award.”  In 2017, Robin received the “Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer” award from the Texas Bar Foundation and the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Texas Lawyer. He received the “Trial Lawyer of the Year” award from TEX-ABOTA, 2012.

Robin founded Gibbs & Bruns LLP in 1983.  The firm is acclaimed for its high-value and precedent-setting work across the banking, energy, technology, construction, and financial services sectors, among others.  Gibbs & Bruns is renowned for its signature lean trial teams and representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in complex matters. 


Robin is Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and The International Society of Barristers.  He is an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is a Past President of ABOTA, Houston chapter.  Robin is a member of The American Law Institute and serves as President of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms, Houston chapter.  He is a member of the American, Texas, and Houston Bar Associations, and is a Fellow of the American and Texas Bar Foundations. 

Robin has served as a Trustee of The University of Texas Law School Foundation since 2008, and was Foundation Chair (2015-2018).  He served on the Executive Committee of The University of Texas Law Alumni Association (2002-2003); and was President of the Texas Law Review Association (1999-2000).  Robin received “Dean Leon Green Award” from the Texas Law Review Association, 2010. Endowed by Gibbs & Bruns, UT law students take part in the annual “Gibbs & Bruns Moot Court Competition” in which the final rounds are judged by Gibbs & Bruns lawyers.


University of Texas Law School, J.D., 1971 Case Note Editor, Texas Law Review Phi Alpha Delta Tulane University, B.A., 1968

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

Within: Leading lawyers

Robin Gibbs - Gibbs & Bruns LLP

Within: Leading trial lawyers

Robin Gibbs - Gibbs & Bruns LLP The 'excellent' Robin Gibbs maintains a strong track record of handling high-stakes commercial litigation in the energy, and oil and gas sector. Past highlights have included acting for Sanchez Oil and Gas and Enterprise Products Operating in a variety of matters pertaining to trade secret works.

Within: Leading trial lawyers - ranked: tier 3

Robin Gibbs - Gibbs & Bruns LLP

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Securities litigation - plaintiff

Within: Securities litigation - plaintiff

Gibbs & Bruns LLP in Houston has a national reputation for its work in cases arising from the financial, energy and technology sectors. Standout securities litigator Kathy Patrick and experienced trial lawyer Robin Gibbs lead the practice, which built its reputation with large settlements in RMBS-related cases arising from the financial crisis. Up-and-coming partner David Sheeren, who helped orchestrate the largest private legal settlement in Wall Street’s history - an $8.5bn RMBS settlement with Bank of America - is highly recommended for securities and structured finance disputes. In early 2018, Patrick and Sheeren oversaw the finalisation of a $2.38bn settlement for institutional investors with the plan administrator for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc and the other debtors in the Lehman bankruptcy proceeding. The pair, along with managing partner Scott Humphries, also secured a $4.5bn settlement with JP Morgan in 2016, for which the first payments were made last year.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: oil and gas

Within: Leading lawyers

Robin Gibbs - Gibbs & Bruns LLP

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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