Mr Robin Gibbs > Gibbs & Bruns LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

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

Position

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

Career

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 50 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. 

Memberships

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.

Education

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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers

(Hall of Fame)

Robin GibbsGibbs & Bruns LLP

(Leading trial lawyers)

Robin GibbsGibbs & Bruns LLP

Robin GibbsGibbs & 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.

Robin GibbsGibbs & 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.

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

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.

United States > Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas

(Hall of Fame)

Robin GibbsGibbs & Bruns LLP

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.