Gibbs & Bruns Named ‘Band 1’ Commercial Litigation Firm By Chambers USA 2020

Chambers USA 2020 ranks litigation boutique Gibbs & Bruns LLP a premier “Band 1” General Commercial Litigation firm – a category in which Chambers names just four other Texas-based firms. 

Every year since 2003, Chambers has recognized Gibbs & Bruns as a top-tier 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 and Barrett Reasoner are highlighted on several exclusive shortlists for practice and career excellence in the areas of General Commercial, Energy & Natural Resources, and Securities Litigation.

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.


A client describes the team as “extremely effective advocates,” and adds: “They are extremely thoughtful about communicating with me and work with great diligence.”

Another source comments: “The quality of the work is excellent and they are knowledgeable in the areas they represent us in.”

One client reports: “The team has done an exceptional job of understanding the business rationale.”

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
Band 1 – Energy & Natural Resources Litigation: Texas

Robin Gibbs is “one of the few people you go to for the biggest trials,” clients say, adding: “He is an absolutely terrific trial lawyer.” He regularly represents major energy companies in complex commercial disputes.

Robin Gibbs “brings a wealth of experience,” according to a client, who also appreciates that “he commands a lot of respect and has a good reputation.” He is a leading trial lawyer, who deftly handles a wide array of commercial disputes. He has a noted specialty in representing energy and natural resources companies.

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

Kathy Patrick is praised for her “unparalleled” reputation at the litigation Bar. She is often called upon to handle the most complex commercial disputes, and is especially accomplished in securities litigation.

Barrett Reasoner
Band 1 – Energy & Natural Resources Litigation: Texas
Band 2 – General Commercial Litigation: Texas

Barrett Reasoner is vastly experienced in handling business-critical disputes, including a particular emphasis on representing energy companies. Sources say: “He brings pragmatism and a wider view of the issues, and also has an uncanny ability to anticipate what the counterparty will do.” One client reports: “Barrett showed a mastery of the facts and legal issues and developed successful strategies.”

Extremely effective advocates...
– Chambers USA 2020