Chambers Names Gibbs & Bruns “Band 1” Commercial Litigation Firm – 21 Consecutive Years – Ten Lawyers Named to Top Rankings

Chambers USA released its 2024 directory naming Gibbs & Bruns and ten of our trial lawyers to its elite litigation rankings, in both the Texas and Nationwide categories.


Every year since 2003 – for 21 consecutive yearsChambers ranked our litigation boutique a “Band 1” firm for Texas Litigation: General Commercial – a category in which Chambers names only one other firm.

Gibbs & Bruns approaches cases in a very efficient way. They staff with the correct amount of people, they understand what we are really looking for and the client service is second to none of all the firms I work with.

Gibbs & Bruns is a exceptional, a real standout.

The firm is very knowledgeable and professional.

An impressive 39% of the firm’s partners are ranked in the 2024 directory in Texas Litigation: General Commercial:

Robin Gibbs – Band 1
Kathy Patrick – Band 1
Barrett Reasoner – Band 1
Ayesha Najam – Band 2
Sam Cruse – Band 4
Ashley Kleber – Band 4
Brian Ross – Band 5

Robin Gibbs Accolades

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.

Robin is one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with. He is a great orator, briefer and writer. The more we can get him involved the happier we are.

Kathy Patrick Accolades

Kathy Patrick is often called upon to handle the most complex commercial disputes, and is especially accomplished in securities litigation.

She is a well-regarded, very good and aggressive litigator.

Barrett Reasoner Accolades

Barrett Reasoner is vastly experienced in handling business-critical disputes, including a particular emphasis on representing energy companies. He is widely praised for his considerable trial skill.

Barrett is incredibly talented. He is a very good trial lawyer, understands exactly the result we want and is ruthless in his approach.

Ayesha Najam Accolades

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.

Sam Cruse Accolades

Sam Cruse is an experienced litigator who works on securities, trade secrets and contract breach cases alongside his substantial oil and gas litigation experience.

Sam is our go-to. He is the first guy I want to call for complex issues. He is strategic, smart and tough in both negotiations and in the courtroom.

Ashley Kleber Accolades

Ashley McKeand Kleber is a strong performer across a breadth of commercial disputes, with notable experience in energy and finance disputes.

Brian Ross Accolades

Brian Ross is well regarded for his commercial litigation and arbitration abilities. He has noteworthy expertise in complex energy-related disputes.

Brian has lots of experience. He is smart and has a charismatic personality.

Brian is a really smart guy. He is a great lawyer.



Robin Gibbs and Barrett Reasoner are listed on the elite “Band 1” shortlist for Texas Litigation Trial Lawyers.  Robin is also listed on the exclusive “Band 1” Nationwide shortlist for Trial Lawyers.

Robin Gibbs Accolades

He is a legend of the Bar.

He is the dean of the litigation Bar in Houston. He is world-renowned and top-class.

Barrett Reasoner Accolades

He is effective in resolving matters and I enjoy working with him. He is critical in helping us reach favorable resolutions.

Barrett prepares very well. He relates with juries, takes a difficult topic and makes it easy for a jury to understand.



Gibbs & Bruns’s premier securities litigation practice is recognized in two rankings categories: Nationwide Securities Litigation: Mostly Plaintiff, “Band 3” and Texas Litigation: Securities, “Band 2.”   

In their niche acting against banks and financial institutions on the plaintiff side, they are a national force.

Gibbs & Bruns is a skilled law firm.

Three Gibbs & Bruns trial lawyers in the Securities Litigation rankings shortlist:

  Kathy Patrick – Star Individual (the sole litigator ranked in this category)
  David Sheeren – Band 3
  Caitlin Halpern – Associates to Watch

Kathy Patrick Accolades

Kathy is a star. We really respect her.

David Sheeren Accolades

Houston-based David Sheeren is developing an impressive securities practice, which sees him often representing investors in civil securities litigation.

David is detail-oriented and does a good job of laying out the various facts in a way that are understandable. He is affable, calm and isn’t going to get riled up.

Caitlin Halpern Accolades

Caitlin Halpern is praised for her assistance in complex commercial litigation and securities-related disputes.

I am very impressed with her. She’s got a lot of potential.



Sam Cruse holds a coveted nationwide ranking for Oil & Gas Litigation, Band 3.  Sam’s clients and peers share:

Sam is very strategic, smart and tough in negotiations and in the courtroom.

Sam is well organized, focused and easy to work with.



Denise Lambert Drake, former Justice Stephen Breyer law clerk, is ranked “Up and Coming” in Texas Litigation: Appellate.


Chambers USA is the world’s leading legal data and analytics provider, highlighting the top lawyers and law firms across the USA for over two decades, so that buyers of legal services are equipped to make the best choice for when it matters.

Gibbs & Bruns approaches cases in a very efficient way. They staff with the correct amount of people, they understand what we are really looking for and the client service is second to none of all the firms I work with.
– Litigation Client - Chambers USA 2024