Chambers USA 2017 ranks Gibbs & Bruns a premier “Band 1” General Commercial Litigation firm – a category in which Chambers named just three other Texas firms. 

Every year since 2003, Chambers has recognized Gibbs & Bruns as a top-tier commercial litigation boutique.  Gibbs & Bruns partners Robin Gibbs, Kathy Patrick, Barrett Reasoner and Ayesha Najam are highlighted in the 2017 directory for practice excellence in the areas of Commercial, Securities and Energy Litigation.

Firm Reputation

Superbly accomplished representation on both sides of the docket, with substantial recent victories for plaintiffs and defendants in a range of headline commercial disputes. Particular expertise in the securities and energy arenas, with additional capability in relation to environmental litigation and professional malpractice defense. Possesses an impressive client list including industry giants, as well as small and midsized companies across numerous sectors.

Firm Strengths

One client has nothing but the highest praise for the firm, saying the attorneys are “excellent in the way they prepare and strategize, which really makes you feel comfortable with them representing you in high-stakes litigation.”

The team also received a raft of positive remarks from peers, who regard the group as a “phenomenal firm with exceptional lawyers.”

Robin Gibbs

Band 1 – Nationwide Litigation: Trial Lawyers 
Band 1 – Texas, Litigation: General Commercial
Band 1 – Texas, Litigation: Energy & Natural Resources

Robin Gibbs is based in Texas and a partner at Gibbs & Bruns LLP. Market commentators regard him as “an absolutely top-drawer litigator” whose “courtroom presence and skills are unsurpassed.” He remains one of the country’s most highly sought trial lawyers and he has a depth of experience handling a spectrum of complex commercial and energy trials.

Robin Gibbs continues to represent clients in the type of high-caliber matters that have cemented his place as one of the premier trial litigators in the country. “He’s a great trial lawyer and good strategist,” remarks one impressed market source, while another says that he “works cases from top to bottom.” He is best known for his role as counsel in commercial contractual disputes relating to fields such as energy and IP.

Kathy Patrick
Star Individual – Nationwide Securities Litigation, Mainly Plaintiff
Star Individual – Texas, Litigation: Securities
Band 1 – Texas, Litigation: General Commercial

In the words of one interviewee, Kathy Patrick of Gibbs & Bruns LLP is “one of the most naturally gifted lawyers I have ever run into – she is brilliant on her feet and incredibly quick, and she knows how to get to the heart of a matter very quickly.” She wins widespread acclaim for her practice of representing plaintiffs in multibillion-dollar securities litigation against financial institutions.

Kathy Patrick enjoys a remarkable reputation for her litigation practice advising clients on commercial disputes and securities matters, with a particular aptitude for cases involving mortgage-backed securities. “Kathy Patrick is the best litigator I have ever seen in any context,” exclaims one appreciative client, while another source remarks that she “sets the gold standard – she is super-smart, extremely efficient and always strategic,” concluding: “In tough litigation, Kathy is the lawyer you want on your side.”

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

“Outstanding attorney” Barrett Reasoner continues his well-established and prominent practice representing an array of clients in energy and commercial litigation matters. Clients hold him in high regard for the fact that he is “highly effective at resolving matters expeditiously.”

Ayesha Najam
Up and Coming – Texas, Litigation: Energy & Natural Resources

Ayesha Najam demonstrates aptitude for litigation in the energy sector by representing clients in complex proceedings, such as her recent representation of Tennessee Gas Pipeline, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, in a pipeline dispute. Commentators enthuse over her capabilities, with one client saying that she is “very detail-oriented and has done a terrific job of providing practical advice.”