Gibbs & Bruns LLP

THE SCOOP

Texan litigation boutique Gibbs & Bruns steps in where BigLaw firms fear to tread. An expert in "bet the company" cases in high-stakes commercial litigation, the firm has procured settlements of staggering nine to ten-digit sums from major players like Bank of America and Goldman Sachs.

From Full-Service to Litigation

Though officially founded in 1983, Gibbs & Bruns' origins trace back almost a decade earlier. Robin Gibbs, an insurance defense practitioner at Vinson & Elkins since 1971, left to form full-service firm Wood, Campbell, Moody & Gibbs P.C. in 1974. He developed a trial group there, but, his thirst for founding firms not yet quenched, he left again in 1983, but this time with the trial lawyers, to start a firm exclusively focused on high-stakes commercial litigation. The firm then known as Gibbs & Ratliff LLP and today known as Gibbs & Bruns LLP has remained true to its roots and emerged as a major player in its chosen field.

The Fear of Big Banks Everywhere

Gibbs & Bruns made headlines as the little firm that could in post-subprime meltdown battles between mortgage-backed security investors and big banks. The firm has carved a niche pursuing banks which New York BigLaw firms are unable or unwilling to take on due to their longstanding histories and relationships. On behalf of mortgage-backed security investor clients including BlackRock, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Pacific Investment Management Company, Gibbs & Bruns won a headline-grabbing $8.5 billion settlement from banking behemoth Bank of America. The case concerned $100 billion in housing loans issued by lender Countrywide Financial, which was acquired by BofA during the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. The recent BofA deal was the latest in a string of Gibbs & Bruns' crusade against large banks, which included representing Pimco against Goldman Sachs and UBS and eventually winning $550 million for its client and achieving a confidential settlement from JPMorgan Chase on behalf of an investor claiming $35 million in devalued securities holdings from the bank.

All for One

Those who work together, stay together. Gibbs & Bruns is known for its "all for one" mentality and what The American Lawyer called its "family-style culture." The firm doesn't hire lateral partners and encourages attorney bonding through yearly retreats and its own amateur cycling team. Gibbs & Bruns attorneys' commitment to one another became especially evident when three partners participated in the Brazil Ironman Triathlon to raise nearly $50,000 in cancer research funds for a fellow partner who had been diagnosed with lymphoma. 

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Gibbs & Bruns LLP


1100 Louisiana
Suite 5300
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713.650.8805
Fax: 713.750.0903
www.gibbsbruns.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Scott A. Humphries
  • Total No. Attorneys 2012: 31

  • Employment Contact

    Tanya Urban, Executive Director
    Houston, TX 77002
    Phone: (713) 758-6055
    turban@gibbsbruns.com
    Hiring Partner: Brian T. Ross


  • Base Salary

    1st year: $170,000
    Summer associate: $3,250/week


  • Summer Associate Offers

    n/a


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust Litigation
    Appellate Litigation
    Bankruptcy Litigation
    Commercial Litigation
    Construction Litigation
    Contract Disputes
    Director & Officer (D&O) Liability
    Domestic & International Arbitration
    Employment Litigation
    Energy, Oil & Gas Litigation
    Fraud & Fiduciary Claims
    Institutional Investor Litigation
    Insurance Litigation
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    Internal Investigations
    Legal & Professional Malpractice
    Partnership Disputes
    Plaintiffs' Contingency Litigation
    Regulatory & White Collar Investigations
    Securities Litigation
    Trust & Estate Litigation

Major Office Locations

  • Houston, TX

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