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Robert Warren Painter

Robert Warren Painter

Practice areas:

Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Litigation, Medical Malpractice

Robert Painter

About Me

Medical Malpractice


I am passionate about standing up for those who have been harmed or even killed from needless medical malpractice. Since 2006, I have exclusively represented patients and their families in medical malpractice, brain injury, wrongful death and serious personal injury cases.


I bring some unique experiences to my law practice. I started my educational career in medicine and then became a hospital administrator. After law school, I worked for a large prestigious defense firm, defending doctors and hospitals.


In 2005, I started Painter Law Firm so I could devote my career to helping patients and their families. I sincerely believe that one of the major ways we see improvements in medicine is through the legal system. Time after time, clients tell me that they do not want the same medical malpractice to happen to someone else. I am proud to work every day to make hospitals and medicine safer for everyone.


Dinosaurs and Mongolia


In addition to my medical malpractice work, I handle some complex business matters. Without a doubt, the most interesting case of my career in this area involves a Tyrannosaurus bataar dinosaur that was smuggled out of Mongolia.


I represent the Government of Mongolia and the President of Mongolia, Tsakhia Elbegdorj. One Friday evening in May 2012, I was asked to take legal action to stop a dinosaur from being auctioned in New York City.


Ultimately we won and the dinosaur (and several others) will be on its way back to Mongolia in early 2013. It is safe to say that I am one of very few lawyers who has saved a dinosaur. More importantly, though, I believe this shows my commitment to my clients to do everything possible to fight for their rights.


Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Medical Malpractice: 25%
    16 years, 100 cases
  2. Litigation: 25%
    16 years, 35 cases
  3. Brain Injury: 25%
    16 years, 35 cases
  4. Birth Injury: 25%
    16 years, 35 cases



Contingent (40%)

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Bryant Allen Fitts

    I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Painter on several matters. He is highly detailed, yet he always manages to see the "forest through the trees." Very few lawyers are able to focus on the details of a case and still understand the big picture; Robert Painter is one of these rare attorneys. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a counselor and an advocate in any legal matter.


    Bryant Fitts Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Heather Kubiak

    Robert Painter is Houston's expert on health care. He attended medical school before attending law school. Then, Robert Painter and I worked together at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Houston's largest law firm, for several years. Robert was a rising star in the Health Law section, where he primarily represented health-care providers. Robert now very capably represents individuals who have been harmed in the health care system. And, with his experience, needs no introduction about how health care providers operate. Robert also brings compassion to the practice of law. Compassion for his clients and their families, as well as the people he sues. Robert is honest, trustworthy, and very talented. I highly recommend Robert.


    Heather Kubiak Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Painter Law Firm PLLC

12750 Champion Forest Dr.
Houston, TX, 77066-1528


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199905/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
President's AwardHouston Bar Association2014
Houston's Top LawyersH Texas Magazine2014
Pinnacle Award (for Painter Law Firm PLLC)Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas2014
Houston's Top LawyersH Texas Magazine2013
Pinnacle Award (for Painter Law Firm PLLC)Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas2013
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2013
Order of the Polar Star (for work on dinosaur smuggling case)His Excellency Tsakhia Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia2013
Houston's Top Lawyers for the PeopleH Texas Magazine2012
Pinnacle Award (for Painter Law Firm PLLC)Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas2012
Houston's Top LawyersH Texas Magazine2012
AV RatingMartindale Hubbell2011
Texas Rising Star AttorneySuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Houston's Top LawyersH Texas Magazine2011
Award of Distinction (for Painter Law Firm PLLC)Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas2011
Award of Distinction (for Painter Law Firm PLLC)Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas2010
Houston's Top LawyersH Texas Magazine2010
Houston's Top LawyersH Texas Magazine2009
Houston's Top Lawyers for the PeopleH Texas Magazine2009
Pinnacle Award (for Painter Law Firm PLLC)Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas2009
Pinnacle Award (for Painter Law Firm PLLC)Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas2008
Texas Pro-Life Attorney of the YearTexas Right to Life2008
Houston's Top LawyersH Texas Magazine2008
Houston's Top Lawyers for the PeopleH Texas Magazine2008
Texas Rising Star AttorneySuper Lawyers Magazine2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberPainter Law Firm PLLC2006 - Present
Senior AssociateFulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.1999 - 2005

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Texas Repertory TheatrePresident, Board of Directors2014 - Present
CO+OPBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Texas Bar FoundationFellow2013 - Present
Houston Bar Association, The Houston Lawyer magazineEditor in Chief2013 - Present
Crown CollegeBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Christchurch Baptist FellowshipChairman, Deacon Board2012 - 2012
Leadership HoustonVice President2011 - 2012
Houston Northwest Chamber of CommerceChairman, Board of Directors2011 - 2012
Strake FoundationBoard of Directors2010 - 2012
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2009 - 2010
Christchurch Baptist FellowshipChairman, Deacon Board2008 - 2009
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - 2010
Houston Northwest Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Houston Bar Association, Litigation SectionBoard of Directors2007 - 2009
Houston Bar Association, The Houston Lawyer MagazineAssociate Editor2007 - 2013
College of the State Bar of TexasMember2007 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2006 - Present
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
Bellwether ForumChairman, Board of Directors2001 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Teenager brain injured at Memorial Hermann HospitalSettled (confidential amount)
Suing to stop hospitals from taking advantage of the uninsuredSettled (confidential terms)
Baby gets cerebral palsy because of Houston hospital & doctor negligenceSettled (confidential terms)

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Webster UniversityPublic AdministrationMA - Masters1995
West Virginia UniversityBiologyBachelors1992
Marshall UniversityMedical SchoolN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Texas House of Representatives Human Services C'tee hearing on H.B. 3520Testimony on Proposed Amendment to Advance Directives Act2011
Monthly luncheonTexas Medical Futility Law (a/k/a 'Death Panel Statute')2010
End of Life Ethics SymposiumLegal issues concerning medical futility and brain death2010
Healthcare Reform Town Hall Meeting (Faith Assembly of God Church, Houston, Texas)Death Panels Under Texas Law2009
Healthcare Reform Town Hall Meeting (Copperfield Baptist Church, Houston, Texas)Death Panels Under Texas Law2009
Houston Northwest Bar AssociationFrom the Trenches: Medical Malpractice Cases Under Chapter 742008
Houston Bar Association, Litigation SectionChapter 74 Medical Malpractice Update2008
Deer Park Fire Department Annual EMS TrainingEmergency Medical Services Liability2008