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Gibbs & Bruns LLP
1100 LOUISIANA
SUITE 5300
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002
United States
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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 49 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 From the firm’s base in Houston, founding partner Robin Gibbs has core expertise representing oil and gas companies in high-value disputes. However, over the course of a career spanning almost five decades, Gibbs has also built up experience in a huge variety of antitrust claims, securities litigation, IP and trade secrets disputes, and construction disputes, acting both for plaintiffs and defendants. In an ongoing mandate, Gibbs is representing Trustmark National Bank in three lawsuits arising from the collapse of Stanford Financial Group with a total claim value of $5bn.

Robin GibbsGibbs & Bruns LLP From the firm’s base in Houston, founding partner Robin Gibbs has core expertise representing oil and gas companies in high-value disputes. However, over the course of a career spanning almost five decades, Gibbs has also built up experience in a huge variety of antitrust claims, securities litigation, IP and trade secrets disputes, and construction disputes, acting both for plaintiffs and defendants. In an ongoing mandate, Gibbs is representing Trustmark National Bank in three lawsuits arising from the collapse of Stanford Financial Group with a total claim value of $5bn.

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

(Hall of Fame)

Robin GibbsGibbs & Bruns LLP

Gibbs & Bruns LLP is a Houston-based trial boutique with a notable reputation in the oil and gas sector. The firm represents both plaintiffs and defendants in the energy sphere and cases range from construction disputes to royalty cases and class actions. The group has achieved prominence through a series of headline matters over the years. Robin Gibbs is a highly regarded practitioner for high-stakes litigation in the oil and gas field. Kathy Patrick and Barrett Reasoner are also highly celebrated names for major disputes, and Brian Ross also contributes to the practice.

United States > Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power

(Hall of Fame)

Robin GibbsGibbs & Bruns LLP

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Based in Houston, boutique litigation firm Gibbs & Bruns LLP specializes in handling high-stakes business disputes in the energy and financial services sectors. An area of recent development for the firm has been in the tech space, especially in data privacy; Aundrea Gulley and Brian Ross are defending Reynolds & Reynolds in federal antitrust MDL litigation consolidated in the Northern District of Illinois arising from its computing platform. Elsewhere, among its core financial litigation, Kathy Patrick continues to handle follow-on disputes in the wake of a $2.4bn settlement with Lehman Brothers Holdings on behalf of 14 institutional investors, while Scott Humphries, Ashley Kleber and Colin Pogge are representing Trustmark National Bank in three lawsuits related to the collapse of the Stanford Financial Group (alleged damages total $5bn). In a highly significant matter in energy sector, Mark Giugliano and Anthony Kaim resolved a seven-year dispute for Chevron regarding the transfer of its responsibility for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Other key lawyers include the firm’s founder Robin Gibbs, a standout generalist trial attorney, and Barrett Reasoner, known for his exceptional work in the energy sector