Firm Profile > Gibbs & Bruns LLP > Houston , United States
Gibbs & Bruns LLP Offices
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002
Gibbs & Bruns LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
Leading trial lawyers Tier 3
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.
Leading trial lawyers Tier 3
Kathy Patrick - Gibbs & Bruns LLP Kathy Patrick has considerable experience across a broad range of high-profile and complex matters involving general commercial and securities litigation. Highlights have included representing Lehman Brothers in bankruptcy proceedings which ended in a favorable settlement plan. Patrick, in fact, has particular expertise in acting for financial institutions, others of which have included Bank of America and Citigroup.
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.
General commercial disputes Tier 4
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.
Gibbs & Bruns LLP > Firm Profile
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, construction, 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.
High-Stakes Commercial Litigation
$8.5bn settlement with Bank of America for institutional investors: orchestrated the largest private legal settlement in Wall Street’s history and several other multi billion-dollar settlements of repurchase and servicing claims owned by RMBS Trusts. The $8.5bn RMBS settlement with Bank of America was the product of years of diligent diplomacy creating the investor group stronghold formed of some of the world’s most sophisticated institutional investors, such as BlackRock and PIMCO. The settlement received worldwide top billing in the financial press with The New York Times reporting it as ‘likely to be the single biggest settlement tied to the subprime mortgage boom and the subsequent financial crisis of 2008’. The Wall Street Journal labelled the deal a ‘mammoth settlement’ and the ‘turning point in Wall Street’s epic struggle with the fallout from the financial crisis’.
Gibbs & Bruns achieved additional multi-billion RMBS settlements including: Lehman Brothers ($2.4 bn recovery), JPMorgan ($4.5 bn recovery), Citigroup ($1.125 bn recovery), and ResCap (nearly $1 bn recovery in nation’s largest bankruptcy of a mortgage originator).
$1.7bn settlement for Huntsman in fraud and tortious interference case: achieved a mid-trial $1.7bn settlement win for client Huntsman Corporation on claims of tortious interference and fraud in connection with Huntsman’s failed merger with Hexion. This settlement included the largest cash settlement ever paid in a failed leveraged buyout. Under the terms of the settlement, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank paid Huntsman $632m cash and provided Huntsman with $1.1bn of favorable financing through issuance of notes and bonds.
$1bn in total recoveries, In Re National Century Financial Enterprises: prosecuted $1.6bn in securities fraud claims on behalf of 26 groups of institutional investors against accountants, trustees and investment banks involved in the issuance of the debt securities of National Century Financial Enterprises, Inc. See In re National Century Financial Enterprises Litigation, 541 F. Supp. 2d 986 (S.D. Ohio 2007) and In re National Century Financial Enterprises Litigation, 846 F.Supp.2d 828 (S.D. Ohio 2012). The firm secured $1bn in total recoveries for its clients during the tenure of the NCFE-related litigation.
$196m judgment in fraud case: secured a $196m judgment for plaintiff client against Dallas billionaire Trevor Rees-Jones and energy giant Devon Energy Production Company, L.P. The fraud and breach of fiduciary duty judgment was based on a verdict reached by a Houston jury in March 2011 following a five-week trial. Following oral arguments in the 14th Court of Appeals in November 2012, the parties reached a confidential, mutually acceptable settlement that fully resolved the matter.
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