Firm Profile > Gibbs & Bruns LLP > Houston, United States

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

Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 1

Gibbs & Bruns LLP is a litigation boutique based in Houston with recognized expertise in the oil and gas sector. Though the firm is strongest in Houston, it has experience handling a wide range of energy cases for both plaintiffs and defendants on a nationwide basis. Robin Gibbs has extensive experience representing clients in energy and oil and gas litigation and Kathy Patrick is also highly experienced in this space, having recently been involved in a number of high-profile and high-risk cases. Barrett Reasoner has a broad commercial litigation practice covering securities, oil and gas, construction, environmental, and intellectual property law. Brian Ross is also recommended in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Robin Gibbs; Kathy Patrick; Barrett Reasoner

Other key lawyers:

Mark Giugliano; Ayesha Najam; Brian Ross; Colin Pogge

Key clients

Occidental Petroleum

Enterprise Products

Sanchez Oil & Gas

Pioneer Natural Resources

Rig Up, Inc.

SM Energy Company

Kinder Morgan

Chevron Corporation

U.S. Pipeline

Natural Resource Partners, LP

Leading trial lawyers Tier 2

Robin Gibbs - Gibbs & Bruns LLP Founding partner Robin Gibbs is a versatile trial lawyer, with a particularly strong presence in financial services, private client and energy disputes. In a long-running highlight, he is representing Trustmark National Bank in three lawsuits stemming from the collapse of Stanford Financial Group, with total alleged damages exceeding $5bn. Also of note, Gibbs is currently representing Enterprise Product Operating in an $850m engineering and construction claim against Amex Foster Wheeler USA Corporation, set for trial in September 2021. Gibbs is based in Houston, Texas.

General commercial disputes Tier 3

Based in Houston, boutique firm Gibbs & Bruns LLP regularly represents plaintiffs and defendants in energy, technology and financial services litigation. In an ongoing matter, Kathy Patrick is acting for 21 institutional investors in claims against JP Morgan regarding the distribution of a $4.5bn settlement agreement reached in 2013. Founding partner Robin Gibbs continues to handle major cases in the oil and gas industry, including breach of contract, trade secrets and construction and engineering disputes. Barrett Reasoner is also noted for his impressive record in energy litigation, and Ross MacDonald is a recommended associate in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Robin Gibbs; Kathy Patrick; Barrett Reasoner

Other key lawyers:

Ross MacDonald

Key clients

Reynolds & Reynolds

Trustmark National Bank

Occidental Petroleum

Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO)

GUI Global Products, Ltd. d/b/a Gwee

Enterprise Products

Waste Management

BlackRock

Sanchez Oil & Gas

TCW

Rig Up, Inc.

SM Energy Company

Securities litigation: plaintiff Tier 3

Based in Houston, Texas, Gibbs & Bruns LLP is a boutique litigation firm that has significant experience in securities cases, both for plaintiffs and defendants. It built its presence on a platform of cases involving residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and has represented large institutional investors in disputes with JPMorgan, Bank of America, Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, and ResCap, recovering more than $16bn. Since then, the firm has has broadened its scope. Key partners Kathy PatrickDavid Sheeren and Sam Cruse are currently representing Fannie Mae in a suit seeking $800m in damages from nine banks for alleged manipulation of the London interbank offered rate (Libor) and other financial benchmarks.

Practice head(s):

Kathy Patrick; David Sheeren

Other key lawyers:

Sam Cruse

Testimonials

‘Creative, resourceful, committed, responsive, talented across the board. A pleasure to work with.’

‘They are willing to be risk-takers along side of their client.’

‘Kathy Patrick is a unique talent. David Sheeren is a joy to work with.’

Key clients

Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO)

BlackRock Financial Management Inc. (Blackrock)

Trustmark National Bank

The TCW Group, Inc.

Fannie Mae

Kore Advisors LP

Carnegie Mellon University

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)
  • $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)
  • $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)
Department Name Email Telephone
Co-Managing Partner Mike Absmeier mabsmeier@gibbsbruns.com +1.713.751.5235
Co-Managing Partner Ashley Kleber akleber@gibbsbruns.com +1.713.751.5225
Founding Partner Robin Gibbs rgibbs@gibbsbruns.com +1.713.751.5217
Senior Partner Kathy Patrick kpatrick@gibbsbruns.com +1.713.751.5253
Senior Partner Barrett Reasoner breasoner@gibbsbruns.com +1.713.751.5244
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Michael Absmeier  photo Mr Michael Absmeier Co-Managing Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Mr Sam Cruse  photo Mr Sam Cruse Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Mr Robin Gibbs  photo Mr Robin Gibbs Founding Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP. Complex commercial litigation.
Mr Mark Giugliano  photo Mr Mark Giugliano Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Ms Aundrea (Andi) Gulley  photo Ms Aundrea (Andi) Gulley Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Mr Anthony Kaim  photo Mr Anthony Kaim Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Ms Ashley Kleber  photo Ms Ashley Kleber Co-Managing Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Ms Ayesha Najam  photo Ms Ayesha Najam Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Ms Kathy Patrick  photo Ms Kathy Patrick Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP.
Mr Colin Pogge  photo Mr Colin Pogge Associate, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Mr Barrett Reasoner  photo Mr Barrett Reasoner Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Mr Brian Ross  photo Mr Brian Ross Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
 Charles Rosson  photo Charles Rosson Partner, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Mr David Sheeren  photo Mr David Sheeren Associate, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Mr Brice Wilkinson  photo Mr Brice Wilkinson Associate, Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Partners : 15
Associates : 15
Counsel : 5
Co-Managing Partner : Mike Absmeier
Co-Managing Partner : Ashley Kleber