Chambers 2021 Denotes Gibbs & Bruns a “Go-To Firm for Bet-The-Company Litigation with Top-Of-The-Class Litigators”

Chambers USA 2021 ranks litigation boutique Gibbs & Bruns LLP a premier Band 1” General Commercial Litigation firm – a category in which Chambers names just one other Texas-based firm. 

Every year since 2003, Chambers has recognized Gibbs & Bruns as a top-tier “Band 1” commercial litigation boutique.  Chambers’ annual rankings follow months of peer and client research and interviews conducted by a London-based team of more than 200 researchers and editors

Gibbs & Bruns partners Robin Gibbs, Kathy Patrick, Barrett Reasoner, Ayesha Najam and Ashley Kleber are highlighted on several exclusive shortlists for practice and career excellence in the areas of General Commercial and Securities Litigation.  

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What The Team Is Known For

Superbly accomplished representation on both sides of the docket in a range of headline commercial disputes. Particular expertise in the securities and energy arenas, with additional capability in relation to environmental litigation. Possesses an impressive client list including industry giants, as well as small and mid-sized companies across numerous sectors. Particularly noted for its representation of clients in the banking and finance, energy and technology sectors.


Sources say: “It is a go-to firm for bet-the-company litigation with top-of-the-class litigators.”

Clients say: “one of the very best litigation firms in Houston. The lawyers are very bright, seasoned and hard-working. It is an absolutely top-of-the-line firm in the commercial litigation area.”

Market commentators highlight: “The lawyers are super smart, hard-working, relentless and very effective.”

Work Highlights

Represented Occidental Chemical in a lawsuit in which Occidental is seeking contribution from more than 100 defendants for, among other costs, the $165 million the company has agreed to spend in designing the dredge-and-cap remedy required by EPA to remediate pollution in the Passaic River.

Notable Practitioners:

Robin Gibbs
Band 1 – Litigation – Trial Lawyers: Nationwide
Spotlight Table – Litigation – Trial Lawyers: Texas
Band 1 – General Commercial Litigation: Texas

Robin Gibbs is a leading trial lawyer who deftly handles a wide array of commercial disputes, with noted specialty in representing energy and natural resources companies.
“A top-notch trial lawyer in Texas.” “He’s outstanding in a courtroom.”

Kathy Patrick
Star Individual – Litigation – Securities: Texas
Band 1 – General Commercial Litigation: Texas

Kathy Patrick is often called upon to handle the most complex commercial disputes, and is especially accomplished in securities litigation.
“The one to turn to if you have substantial bet-the-company litigation.” “A star litigator.”

Barrett Reasoner
Band 2 – General Commercial Litigation: Texas

Barrett Reasoner is vastly experienced in handling business-critical disputes, including a particular emphasis on representing energy companies.
“A fabulous lawyer of the highest ability.” “He’s a terrific lawyer.”

Ayesha Najam
Band 4 – General Commercial Litigation: Texas

Ayesha Najam has a growing reputation for her adept handling of a broad array of commercial disputes, including matters in the energy, construction and real estate sectors.
“She’s responsive and very astute at grasping the business issues.” “She just knocks it out of the park and is a terrific lawyer.” “She’s a fabulous lawyer; just very knowledgeable, hard-working and all-around very good.”

Ashley Kleber
Up and Coming – General Commercial Litigation: Texas

Ashley McKeand Kleber is a strong performer across a breadth of commercial disputes, with notable experience in energy and finance disputes.
“She’s a great lawyer, really smart.” “Terrific.”

One of the very best litigation firms in Houston. The lawyers are very bright, seasoned and hard-working. It is an absolutely top-of-the-line firm in the commercial litigation area.
– Chambers USA 2021