Gibbs & Bruns Is “Top of the Class”- Chambers 2023

Chambers USA 2023 ranks litigation boutique Gibbs & Bruns a premier Band 1 Litigation: General Commercial – Texas firm – a category in which Chambers names only two other firms. Chambers has recognized Gibbs & Bruns in the “Band 1” category since 2003 – for over two decades. Gibbs & Bruns is also ranked in Band 2 on the short list for Litigation: Securities in Texas.

“Gibbs & Bruns are a top trial firm. When you have something really complex you go to them.”

“They are top of the class. They’re a very well-prepared and experienced team.  They are organized, proactive and creative.”

“They have high-level expertise and significant depth at all levels. They are also always accessible, responsive and proactive in communicating.”

Robin Gibbs, Kathy Patrick, Barrett Reasoner, Sam Cruse, Ayesha Najam, Ashley Kleber and David Sheeren are highlighted on several exclusive shortlists for practice and career excellence in the areas of General Commercial, Securities and Nationwide Oil & Gas Litigation.  

What The Team Is Known For

Gibbs & Bruns LLP provides superbly accomplished representation on both sides of the docket in a range of headline commercial disputes. The firm has particular expertise in the securities and energy arenas, with additional capability in relation to environmental litigation. It possesses an impressive client list including industry giants, as well as small and midsized companies across numerous sectors. The group is particularly noted for its representation of clients in the banking and finance, energy and technology sectors.

Work Highlights

Gibbs & Bruns LLP continued to represent a group of merchants including Target in a series of class actions and individual antitrust complaints alleging violation of federal antitrust laws by imposing supracompetitive interchange fees on merchants accepting Visa and Mastercard payment cards.

Notable Practitioners

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

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 Gibbs is the dean of Texas trial lawyers and his top reputation is well earned. He’s a phenomenal trial lawyer.”

“He is one of the best lawyers in the country. He is smart, efficient and very well versed in what we want out of a case. He advises well and gets good results too.”

“An excellent day-in, day-out trial lawyer, Robin is one of my top picks.”

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

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

“Kathy Patrick is a great lawyer with a complex practice. She really is a star and is feared. She is very good at what she does.”

“I’ve seen her in action and she is phenomenal. You do not want to be on the other side!

“Kathy is a leader in the litigation space.”

Barrett Reasoner
Litigation: General Commercial – Texas
Band 2

Barrett Reasoner is vastly experienced in handling business-critical disputes, including a particular emphasis on representing energy companies.

“He’s a very good trial lawyer. He has a very calm and collected way of looking at cases and a very efficient approach.”

“He’s a fantastic lawyer who is great in court.”

“An excellent all-round attorney and person.”

Sam Cruse
Oil & Gas Litigation – Nationwide
Band 3
Litigation: General Commercial – Texas
Band 5

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 Cruse is a phenomenal lawyer. He has a terrific demeanor in court and is also phenomenal at solving problems outside of court.”

“Sam is an excellent lawyer.

Ayesha Najam
Nationwide Oil & Gas Litigation
Band 3 
Litigation: General Commercial – Texas
Band 3

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 is a consummate professional and unflappable. She is a great trial lawyer.”

Ashley Kleber
Litigation: General Commercial – Texas
Band 5

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

“Ashley is a very sharp and professional lawyer who is very attentive to the details.”

David Sheeren
Litigation: Securities – Texas
Up and Coming

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

“David Sheeren knows his stuff and I rate him very highly.”


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.

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Gibbs & Bruns are a top trial firm. When you have something really complex you go to them.
– Litigation Client - Chambers USA 2023