HOUSTON, April 1, 2008 –  The Anti-Defamation League – Southwest Region presented Robin Gibbs of Gibbs & Bruns the 2008 Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award.  The Jurisprudence Award, established in 1987, is presented annually to “an outstanding lawyer who exhibits a commitment to equality, justice and fairness, as well as community service.”  Mr. Gibbs received the award at an ADL-hosted luncheon on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Houston before a crowd of 800 attendees.

“On behalf of all the lawyers and staff at Gibbs & Bruns, we congratulate Robin on this prestigious recognition from the ADL.  Having practiced with Robin for the past 27 years, I have personally observed his tireless dedication to his clients, his family, his law firm, and the community.  Robin is a true leader, mentor, and friend, and this award is a most fitting honor,” says Phil Bruns, partner at Gibbs & Bruns.

Mr. Gibbs has over 37 years of experience in handling high-stakes business and commercial litigation matters for plaintiffs and defendants.  He began his career in 1971 with Vinson & Elkins.  In 1974, he formed Wood, Campbell, Moody, & Gibbs, P.C. and built the firm’s trial group.  Gibbs & Bruns (formerly Gibbs & Ratliff) was established in 1983.  Under Mr. Gibbs’s guidance, the firm focused on high-stakes commercial litigation and quickly garnered a reputation for its high-profile trial docket and its representation of plaintiffs and defendants.  International Commercial Litigation ranked the firm tenth among the top 15 U.S. litigation firms, and The National Law Journal named it to the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List” in 2003 and 2004.

Mr. Gibbs’s professional success is lauded by a variety of publications, such as his inclusion on the Top 25 Litigators in the U.S. list by Expert Guides to the Leading lawyers – Best of the Best USA 2008.  He is listed on International Commercial Litigation’s top 15 U.S. trial lawyers list and was named a “Go To” lawyer for Securities Litigation by Texas Lawyer.  He was named a “Leading Individual” by Chambers USA for General Commercial Litigation and Energy & Natural Resources Dispute Resolution.  He is also named in The Best Lawyers in America for: Antitrust Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law, and Securities Law.

Mr. Gibbs is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.  He is an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is the current President of Houston’s ABOTA chapter.  He is also a member of The American Law Institute and serves as President of the Houston chapter of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms.  He is a Member of the Texas, American, and Houston Bar Associations, and he is a Fellow of the American and Texas Bar Foundations.  Mr. Gibbs served on the Executive Committee of The University of Texas Law School Alumni Association, and he was President of The University of Texas Law Review Association.

In the civic realm, Mr. Gibbs is a committed advocate of Memorial Hermann’s Life Flight; serves on the board of directors of Texas Appleseed; and is a long-time supporter of Communities in Schools, the Houston Symphony, SEARCH, the Anti-Defamation League, Child Advocates, and The Alley Theatre.  He also established the Chenailles Refuge in Costa Rica with philanthropic partner Marynell Maloney through which they operate a regional environmental education program for children of all ages.


About Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Gibbs & Bruns LLP, founded in 1983, is a leading boutique law firm engaging exclusively in high-stakes commercial litigation.  The firm is renowned for its representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in complex matters, including securities, professional malpractice, intellectual property, energy, trade secret, construction, antitrust, lender liability, contract, and partnership disputes.  The firm is routinely recognized as a top commercial litigation firm in the U.S.  For more information, please visit

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