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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, Robin Gibbs has over 45 years of experience in handling high-stakes commercial litigation matters.  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 received the “Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer” award from the Texas Bar Foundation, 2017; the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Texas Lawyer, 2017; and the Trial Lawyer of the Year” award from TEX-ABOTA, 2012.

Robin joined Vinson & Elkins in 1971 where he tried insurance defense cases. He left the firm in 1974 to form the full-service firm of Wood, Campbell, Moody & Gibbs P.C., where he focused on the development of a trial group.  In 1983, Robin and the trial lawyers formed Gibbs & Bruns LLP, formerly Gibbs & Ratliff L.L.P., focusing its practice on all forms of high-stakes commercial litigation.  Gibbs & Bruns is a nationally recognized litigation boutique acclaimed for its high-value and precedent-setting work across the banking, energy, technology, and financial services sectors, among others.  The firm 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 is presently the 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

Gibbs & Bruns LLP provides a ‘consistently outstanding level of service’ and ‘does a particularly effective job of communicating with its clients, even when those clients are part of a large group’. With its roots in Houston, the firm has a pre-eminent reputation in energy litigation, though its strength in general commercial litigation sees it taking on cases in forums throughout the country. The firm also stands out for its trial work. A team including Mark Giugliano, Anthony Kaim and Jeffrey Kubin has been representing Chevron in a dispute arising out of its withdrawal from ownership of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System; the team has obtained a string of successes for Chevron in the case, which is now pending a petition for review with the Texas Supreme Court. Other notable litigators include founding partner Robin Gibbs, Scott Humphries, Aundrea Gulley and ‘star partnerKathy Patrick.

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Leading trial lawyers

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Robin Gibbs - Gibbs & Bruns LLP

Within: Leading trial lawyers

Robin Gibbs - Gibbs & Bruns LLP Robin Gibbs maintains a broad commercial litigation specialism, and is representing Sanchez Oil & Gas and two related public companies in a trade secret misappropriation claim against its three former employees and Terra Energy Partners. In addition to managing trade secrets work, Gibbs handles construction and engineering disputes; for example, he is acting for Enterprise Products Operating in a suit against Amec Foster Wheeler pertaining to the construction of a petrochemical refinery in Mont Belvieu, Texas.

Robin Gibbs - Gibbs & Bruns LLP Robin Gibbs maintains a broad commercial litigation specialism, and is representing Sanchez Oil & Gas and two related public companies in a trade secret misappropriation claim against its three former employees and Terra Energy Partners. In addition to managing trade secrets work, Gibbs handles construction and engineering disputes; for example, he is acting for Enterprise Products Operating in a suit against Amec Foster Wheeler pertaining to the construction of a petrochemical refinery in Mont Belvieu, Texas.

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Securities litigation: plaintiff

Within: Securities litigation: plaintiff

Gibbs & Bruns LLP in Houston is ‘consistently outstanding’ and clients describe its lawyers as ‘prompt, responsive, knowledgeable and practical in their advice’. The firm is ‘at the top of its class in this practice area’, according to one client and, despite its boutique size, it punches above its weight in securities litigation with ‘a barrister-style practice that can take any case and try it effectively’. The firm’s ‘star partners’ include Kathy Patrick, of whom one client says ‘there is no one better at assessing complex matters and negotiating resolutions’. Patrick, Scott Humphries and David Sheeren reached a $2.42bn settlement with the plan administrator for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc on behalf of 14 institutional investors in regard to residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) claims. The same team also helped secure the approval of a $4.5bn settlement with JPMorgan for RMBS cases. Robert Madden retired from the firm but founding partner Robin Gibbs remains active and is a highly regarded trial lawyer.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: oil and gas

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Robin Gibbs - Gibbs & Bruns LLP

Within: Energy litigation: oil and gas

Litigation powerhouse Gibbs & Bruns LLP has significant experience in representing energy clients, such as Occidental Petroleum, ExxonMobile, Kinder Morgan and Chevron, in contentious matters, both on the plaintiff and defendant side. Recent mandates saw the team filing a petition and request for injunctive relief on behalf of Sanchez Oil & Gas against three former employees and their new employer Terra Energy Partners related to the alleged misappropriation of trade secrets; the case is continuing along to trial after the denial of a mandamus petition was filed by the defendant. The representation of Enterprise in an engineering/construction lawsuit against Amec Foster Wheeler concerning delays and cost overruns at the construction of a petrochemical refinery was another highlight. In other work, the group successfully defended Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company against a damages claim brought by Plains Gas Solutions connected to the alleged breach of a gas processing contract. Robin Gibbs and Brian Ross are recommended. Robert Madden retired.

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