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Gibbs & Bruns LLP
1100 LOUISIANA
SUITE 5300
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002
United States

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 1

Litigation boutique Gibbs & Bruns LLP acts for both plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes commercial disputes. The practice is firmly established in Texas but has a nationwide reach, representing a broad client base that ranges from major energy industry players to tech start-ups. Based in Houston, the strength of the group is reflected in the extensive experience of its practice heads; with over 50 years of trial experience, founding partner Robin Gibbs is ‘exceptional’, obtaining jury verdicts in Houston and beyond; Kathy Patrick is Occidental’s “go-to” figure for high-stakes issues; and Barrett Reasoner‘s diverse practice includes particular expertise in antitrust matters. Brian Ross is also recommended and has handled a number of force majeure disputes in relation to winter storm Uri.

Practice head(s):

Robin Gibbs; Kathy Patrick; Barrett Reasoner

Other key lawyers:

Mark Giugliano; Ayesha Najam; Brian Ross; Colin Pogge; Sam Cruse

Testimonials

Very smart, practical and strategic team. Very easy team to work with. Subject matter experts.’

Robin Gibbs, Sam Cruse are exceptional. They are smart, quick on their feet and very honorable.’

Key clients

Occidental Petroleum

Enterprise Products

Pioneer Natural Resources

Sanchez Oil & Gas

WorkRise

Tanos Exploration II

Quantum Energy Partners

Kinder Morgan

SM Energy

RDV Resource Properties

Sunrise Oil and Gas Properties

Lone Star Production Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Enterprise Products Operating in an engineering/construction lawsuit against Amec Foster Wheeler USA and its British parent company, Amec Foster Wheeler plc  concerning the cost overruns of a large petrochemical refinery recently constructed in Mont Belvieu, Texas.
  • Represented Richard Murphy, a subsea tree engineer, in a misappropriation of trade secrets case brought by his former employer, FMC Technologies, against both Mr Murphy and his new employer, Dril-Quip.
  • Representing Occidental Chemical Corporation in a suit filed in June 2018 by which the company is seeking contributions from more than 100 defendants for -among other costs-: the $165m Occidental agreed to spend to design the dredge-and-cap remedy required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remediate pollution in the eight miles of the lower Passaic River.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 2

Kathy Patrick Gibbs & Bruns LLP. Kathy Patrick, based in Houston, is particularly relied upon by clients for securities, antitrust, and general commercial matters. Patrick is currently representing a group of major opt-out plaintiffs in a direct action against Visa and Mastercard. Emblematic of the firm, she represents both plaintiffs and defendants and in the financial services sector, following the financial crash in 2008, Patrick represented 14 institutional investors, securing over $20bn from major financial institutions, including Bank of America, JPMorgan and Citigroup.Robin Gibbs Gibbs & Bruns LLP. Based in Houston, founding partner Robin Gibbs‘ diverse practice involves high-stakes litigation. A recent multi-million dollar trial win was in the oil and gas sector for private client David Dunwoody, Jr. Another high-stakes case in this sector is leading a large plaintiff’s suit involving $1billion+ in cost overruns. Gibbs is also known for financial services and private client disputes; in a standout highlight he continues to represent Trustmark National Bank over many years in three lawsuits related to the collapse of the Stanford Financial Group with damages in excess of $5 billion.Barrett Reasoner – Gibbs & Bruns LLP. Houston-based Barrett Reasoner has a diverse trial practice, spanning antitrust issues through to environment, trade secrets, defamation and energy disputes. Notably as first chair lawyer, he helped to secure a total defense verdict for private client Richard Murphy, a subsea tree engineer, after a three-week jury trial in a multi-million dollar trade secrets case. Simultaneously, he was retained to represent national merchant retailers in a complex direct antitrust action against Visa and Mastercard.

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        Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 3

        Gibbs & Bruns LLP in Houston is a boutique law firm which specialises in commercial disputes, in particular in the banking, energy, technology, and financial services sectors. The team is well-positioned to act for defendants and plaintiffs in a wide range of topics. Robin Gibbs impresses with longstanding experience as a trial lawyer. Kathy Patrick recently was part of a team that reached a $4.5bn settlement with JPMorgan on behalf of 21 institutional investor clients. Barrett Reasoner has know-how prosecuting energy client disputes and leads the practice with Gibbs and Patrick. Brian Ross  is particularly experience in the oil and gas sector and also covers force majeure cases. Securities-specialist Sam Cruse, energy and construction advisor Ayesha Najam and David Sheeren are also noted. Ross MacDonald made partner in October 2021.

        Practice head(s):

        Robin Gibbs; Kathy Patrick; Barrett Reasoner

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        Occidental Petroleum

        Trustmark National Bank

        Enterprise Products

        Reynolds & Reynolds

        Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO)

        Quantum Energy Partners

        Pioneer Natural Resources, Inc.

        Blackrock, Inc.

        WorkRise

        Waste Management

        Kinder Morgan

        Work highlights

        • Acted as lead trial counsel to represent a group of major opt-out plaintiffs, namely national merchant retailers, in a direct action against Visa and Mastercard.
        • Representing Trustmark National Bank in three lawsuits related to the collapse of the Stanford Financial Group, headed by convicted financial fraudster R. Allen Stanford.
        • Acted as lead trial counsel for Reynolds & Reynolds in a matter involving consumer data privacy and computing platforms.

        Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: plaintiff Tier 3

        Gibbs & Bruns LLP in Houston is a litigation boutique focused on high-stakes commercial litigation, particularly in the banking, energy, technology, and financial services sectors. The firm, which handles both plaintiff and defense work, has a strong record of success in securities cases against banks relating to mortgage-backed securities, some of which remain pending. It is currently pursuing a $242m settlement for a legacy RMBS deal sponsored by First Franklin / Merrill Lynch. Kathy Patrick and up-and-coming partner David Sheeren , who jointly lead the practice, are handling the case for investment managers PIMCO and TCW. They are also handling disputes on behalf of financial institutions arising from the distribution of a $2.4bn settlement awarded against Lehman Brothers for its role in RMBS transactions.

        Practice head(s):

        David Sheeren; Kathy Patrick

        Key clients

        Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO)

        BlackRock Financial Management Inc. (Blackrock)

        Kore Advisors LP

        Fannie Mae

        The TCW Group, Inc.

        Trustmark National Bank

        Work highlights

        • Representing 20+ of the world’s largest institutional investors in disputes with JPMorgan, Bank of America, Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, and ResCap concerning thousands of RMBS trusts created prior to the financial crisis.  These suits have resulted in over $16 billion in recoveries to investors and have reformed mortgage servicing practices for hundreds of thousands of loans.
        • Representing PIMCO and TCW as investment managers for funds and accounts holding over $200m of certificates issued by a legacy RMBS deal sponsored by First Franklin / Merrill Lynch (FFMER 2007-2).
        • Representing Trustmark National Bank in three lawsuits related to the collapse of the Stanford Financial Group, headed by convicted financial fraudster R. Allen Stanford. Trustmark provided routine banking services for Stanford International Bank, Ltd. (SIBL).

        Gibbs & Bruns LLP is a litigation boutique engaged exclusively in high-stakes business and commercial litigation.  The firm is acclaimed for its high-value and precedent-setting work across the banking, energy, technology, and financial services sectors, among others.  Exceedingly rare for a litigation firm, we routinely practice on both sides of the docket.  With both plaintiff and defense experience, we bring a higher level of insight and strategy to complex disputes.  Our lawyers excel in creative approaches to disputes in the context of dynamic and ever-changing industry landscapes.

        Founded by Robin Gibbs, named “Father of the Litigation Boutique in Texas” by The Texas Lawbook, the firm sustains a forward-thinking culture of creativity and a personal approach to managing its client matters.  Reciprocity is at the core of all of the firm’s client engagements. Risk sharing with clients and innovative fee arrangements are a hallmark of Gibbs & Bruns’ practice.  The firm’s track record of successes for clients since 1983 attests to the talents, creativity, and dedication of the firm’s trial lawyers.

        The firm’s current docket of cases range from high-stakes plaintiffs’ RMBS matters for institutional investors and a high-profile plaintiffs’ patent case against tech giants Apple and Samsung, to the defense of Reynolds & Reynolds in a massive federal antitrust matter, as well as defense of Trustmark National Bank in a complex matter related to the collapse of Stanford Financial Group.  These matters involve billions of dollars in damages. The firm’s energy docket remains as robust as ever, as is the firm’s private client/professional service firm docket.

        Recent results demonstrate the significance of our impact nationwide:

        • $8.5 Billion Countrywide RMBS Precedent–Setting Settlement Obtained for 22 Institutional Investor Clients (2015)
        • $7 Billion Allowed Claim – ResCap Bankruptcy Settlement with 17 Institutional Investors (2013)
        • $4.5 Billion Settlement with JPMorgan on Behalf of 21 Institutional Investors (2013)
        • $2.4 Billion Settlement with Lehman Brothers on Behalf of 14 Institutional Investors (2017)
        • $1.7 Billion Net Settlement Package for Huntsman; including $1.1 billion in financing and $632 million in cash, the largest cash settlement payment ever recovered with respect to a busted LBO (2009)
        • $1.13 Billion Settlement with Citigroup on Behalf of 18 Institutional Investors (2014)
        • $1 Billion in Total Recoveries for Clients, Including $400 Million Settlement with Credit Suisse – National Century Enterprises (NCFE) Securities Litigation (2013)
        • Major Defense Win in Multi-Billion Dollar Environmental Trial for Waste Management; settlement was less than one percent of the government’s demand (2014)
        • $196 Million Judgment Win for Plaintiff Client D. Bobbitt Noel Jr. against Devon Energy (2011)
        • $100 Million Value Arbitration Award for Venoco against Denbury Onshore (2014)
        • $56 Million Take-Nothing Success for Natural Resource Partners (2019)
        • Take Nothing Judgment for Private Client in $40 Million Trade Secrets Dispute (2021)
        • $37.2 Million Recovery for Client Against the Port of Houston (Verdict 2010, Finalized 2017)
        • $35 Million in Settlements for ERG re: Contract Dispute in the Republic of Columbia (2017)
        • $12.4 Million Judgment for Private Client in Dispute with EnVen Energy Corp. (2021)
        • $5.65 Million in Damages Awarded in Trial Win for U.S. Pipeline (2018, Affirmed by Nebraska Supreme Court 2019)
        • $4.58 Million Jury Verdict for Plaintiff Client SourceGas in Dispute against Noble Energy (2011)
        • Successful resolution of seven-year dispute for Chevron re the transfer of its responsibility for massive future dismantling and restoration costs of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline; the firm succeeded on each aspect of the legal disputes involved in this matter (2019)
        DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
        Co-Managing Partner Mike Absmeiermabsmeier@gibbsbruns.com+1.713.751.5235
        Co-Managing Partner Ashley Kleberakleber@gibbsbruns.com+1.713.751.5225
        Founding Partner Robin Gibbsrgibbs@gibbsbruns.com+1.713.751.5217
        Senior Partner Kathy Patrickkpatrick@gibbsbruns.com+1.713.751.5253
        Senior Partner Barrett Reasonerbreasoner@gibbsbruns.com+1.713.751.5244
        PhotoNamePositionProfile
        Michael Absmeier photoMr Michael AbsmeierCo-Managing Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
        Sam Cruse photoMr Sam CrusePartner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
        Robin Gibbs photoMr Robin GibbsFounding Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP. Complex commercial litigation.
        Mark Giugliano photoMr Mark GiuglianoPartner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
        Aundrea (Andi) Gulley photoMs Aundrea (Andi) GulleyPartner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
        Anthony Kaim photoMr Anthony KaimPartner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
        Ashley Kleber photoMs Ashley KleberCo-Managing Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
        Ayesha Najam photoMs Ayesha NajamPartner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
        Kathy Patrick photoMs Kathy PatrickPartner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP.
        Colin Pogge photoMr Colin PoggeAssociate, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
        Barrett Reasoner photoMr Barrett ReasonerPartner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
        Brian Ross photoMr Brian RossPartner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
        Charles Rosson photoMr Charles RossonPartner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
        David Sheeren photoMr David SheerenAssociate, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
        Brice Wilkinson photoMr Brice WilkinsonAssociate, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
        Partners : 18
        Associates : 12
        Counsel : 5
        Co-Managing Partner : Mike Absmeier
        Co-Managing Partner : Ashley Kleber