Gibbs & Bruns trial lawyers Robin Gibbs and Kathy Patrick were named to Benchmark Litigation‘s “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America” list for 2020. This recognition marks the sixth consecutive year that Robin and Kathy have been recognized by the editors.
The Texas market is positively chock full of trial talent, and one of the firms most renowned for its bench is Houston boutique Gibbs & Bruns. Topping this list, Kathy Patrick has received overwhelming ovation for her work as lead counsel for the 22 institutional investors whose $8.5 billion settlement was officially approved at the end of January 2014. In March 2015, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division approved in its entirety the $8.5 billion Countrywide RMBS settlement negotiated by the firm on behalf of its RMBS clients, including PIMCO, Blackrock, MetLife and others. This settlement is nearly double an already eye-popping $4.5 billion settlement with JPMorgan that Patrick scored earlier on behalf of 21 institutional investor clients. Patrick’s streak of billion-dollar settlements has continued without interruption. Most recently, in March 2017, she led a team that secured a $2.4 billion settlement with Lehman Brothers Holdings on behalf of 14 institutional investors. Just prior to that, in August 2016, the pair also scored a $4.5 billion settlement with JPMorgan on behalf of 21 institutional investors. This team is currently engaged in an ongoing securities fraud action against Petrobras on behalf of institutional investors arising out of the massive “Lava Jato” or (“Car Wash”) bribes-for-contracts scandal that has embroiled Petrobras and scores of Brazilian politicians. Gibbs & Bruns firm figurehead Robin Gibbs led a team representing Enterprise Products Operating in a massive engineering/construction lawsuit concerning a large petrochemical refinery currently under construction in Mont Belvieu, Texas that was hampered by several years of unsatisfactory work and massive cost overruns, estimated in the range of $700 million.
Lawyers included on the annual list are chosen over six months of research following an intensive peer and client review-driven study.