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Gibbs & Bruns LLP
SUITE 5300
United States


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


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. 


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.


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

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Robin GibbsGibbs & Bruns LLP

(Leading trial lawyers)

Robin GibbsGibbs & Bruns LLP

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.

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

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Robin GibbsGibbs & Bruns LLP

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

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.