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Christopher Kyle Gober

Christopher Kyle Gober

also known as Chris Gober, Chris K. Gober

Practice areas:

Election Campaign / Political Law, Litigation, White Collar Crime, Administrative Law, Government

About Me

Chris Gober represents more than 100 active clients—including U.S. Senators, Congressmen, and multibillion-dollar companies—in litigation, federal investigations, and political compliance matters. In 2013, Chris was named “U.S. Government Lawyer of the Year” by the international publication Lawyer Monthly, and he was featured in Texas Lawyer’s “Legal Leaders on the Rise” edition spotlighting 25 up-and-comers in the Texas legal community. He was named a Texas Rising Star in Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly magazines as one of the state’s top young attorneys in 2012 and 2013, and he was one of two attorneys in the country selected by Aristotle Inc. to the 2011 Republican Dream for his work on behalf of Republican political clients. 


 


In 2012, Chris obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of the Texas-based PAC “Texans for Free Enterprise” in a First Amendment lawsuit that may permanently strike down certain Texas Election Code provisions as unconstitutional, and he successfully argued the State of Texas’s appeal of the decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. He also represented former Congressman Quico Canseco (TX-23) in Texas redistricting litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.


 


Chris has represented dozens of U.S. Senate and House of Representatives candidates and officeholders, as well as state and local candidates for races ranging from City Council to Governor, and is also well-known for establishing “super PACs” and 501(c)(4) advocacy organizations. He regularly defends clients before federal, state, and local elections and ethics commissions and successfully represented former U.S. Senator John Ensign in an investigatory inquiry by the U.S. Department of Justice. Now based in his home state of Texas, Chris maintains a national practice that has represented clients in more than twenty-five states in the previous four years.  


 


Prior to co-founding Gober Hilgers PLLC, Chris worked for a leading international law firm and served as head of the firm’s Political Law section. His practice included white collar defense representing both political and non-political clients. Chris previously served as General Counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and provided counsel to Republican U.S. Senators and was responsible for all legal operations of the committee. He also worked as Deputy Counsel to the Republican National Committee (RNC) and as Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on national security issues and the confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. 


 


In addition to his legal experience, Chris served as a political operative for President George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns and as general consultant to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 2012 election cycle. He has been a featured speaker for political and civic organizations, and he has provided commentary for talk radio and various television stations and newspapers across the country. 


 


 


Chris and his wife, Dr. Mary Beth Gober, volunteer as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children, helping these children find safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. In 2010, he was elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation, which is limited to the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys each year. Chris also served on the Board of Directors of A Hand Up, a charitable organization that assists women and children in need as well as the mentally and physically disabled.  


 


ADMISSIONS


Texas


District of Columbia


Supreme Court of the United States


United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas


U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas


U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Election Campaign / Political Law: 70%
  2. White Collar Crime: 10%
  3. Litigation: 10%
  4. Government: 5%
  5. Administrative Law: 5%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Ian Edmund Scott

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Ian Scott Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Billy Don Hicks

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gober is an excellent, hard working, honorable attorney!

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    Billy Hicks Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Gober Hilgers PLLC

1005 Congress Avenue
Suite 430
Austin, TX, 78701

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 200705/25/2015
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200505/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
U.S. Government Lawyer of the YearCorporate LiveWire2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
U.S. Regulatory Law Firm of the YearFinance Monthly2014
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2014
U.S. Government Law Firm of the YearCorporate LiveWire2014
U.S. Government Law Firm of the YearAcquisition Finance (ACQ) Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Government Lawyer of the Year - USALawyer Monthly2013
Legal Leaders on the RiseTexas Lawyer Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Republican Dream TeamAristotle, Inc.2011
FellowsTexas Bar Foundation2010

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGober Hilgers PLLC2011 - Present
Of CounselFish & Richardson, PC2009 - 2011
General CounselNational Republican Senatorial Committee2007 - 2008
Deputy General CounselRepublican National Committee2006 - 2007
CounselU.S. Department Of Justice2005 - 2006
Associate Counsel55th Presidential Inaugural Committee2004 - 2005

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Association of Political ConsultantsN/A2012 - Present
Republican National Lawyers AssociationN/A2011 - Present
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)Volunteer2011 - Present
Texas Bar FoundationN/A2010 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Texans for Free Enterprise v. Texas Ethics CommissionPreliminary Injunction Granted by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
Perez et al v. Perry et alN/A
Texans for Free Enterprise v. Texas Ethics CommissionAffirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Lawyer MonthlyPolitical Compliance2014
State Bar of Texas CLEConfused Yet? Why Not Understanding the IRS’s “Facts and Circumstances” Test Might Mean You Really Understand It2014
Lawyer MonthlyGovernment Contracts2013
SCOTUSblogThe Supreme Court and the 2012 election: Assessing the underwhelming impact of three overwhelmingly important decisions2012
MondaqNew Political Opportunities for Corporations2010

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)J.D.2004
Texas A&M UniversityManagementBachelor of Business Administration2001

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
State Affairs Committee Hearing"Dark Money" Interim Charge2014
Governance of Nonprofit Organizations ConferenceLobbying, Political Campaigns, and Candidate Related Campaign Activity2014
Austin Bar Association CLECorporations Are People? Corp. Compliance & Texas Super PACs2014
Texas Lawyer In-House SummitCorporate Political Compliance2013
NPRChris Gober responds to reports that Texas' voter ID law is creating problems for women voters2013
KLIF Talk RadioChris Gober discusses the McCutcheon campaign finance case before the Supreme Court on KLIF Talk Radio2013
Fox 4 NewsChris Gober discusses Washington Times report that Fort Hood soldiers were told not to donate to tea party and Christian groups2013
Fox 4 NewsChris Gober discusses decision to use Dallas taxpayers' money to fund voter ID lawsuit2013
Fox 4 NewsChris Gober debates Attorney General Eric Holder's targeting of Texas in new voting-rights push2013
9th Annual PAAT Ethics Compliance InstituteTexas Campaign Finance and Ethics2013
KLIF Talk RadioChris Gober discusses allegations that an aide to Texas Lt. Governor Dewhurst stole more than $600,000 from Dewhurst's campaign funds on KLIF2012
KLIF Talk RadioChris Gober discusses election day legal operations on KLIF radio2012
Fox 4 NewsChris Gober discusses legal implications of a raffle conducted by Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez2012
Fox 4 NewsChris Gober discusses Rep. Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention2012
Fox 4 NewsChris Gober debates Democratic State Representative Lon Burnam on Voter ID2012
Federalist SocietyCitizens United and Beyond: The Role of the Super PAC in the 2012 Election Cycle2012
Fox 4 NewsPolitical lawyer Chris Gober discusses the John Wiley Price investigation on Fox 42011
Fox 4 NewsChris Gober debates voter ID legislation on Fox 42011
Dallas County Republican Party Compliance SeminarLegal Compliance for Federal Candidates, PACs, and Party Committees2011
CBS 11 NewsChris Gober candidate petition story CBS 112010
Fish & Richardson P.C. Compliance SeminarLegal Compliance for Federal Candidates, PACs, and Party Committees2009
Republican National Lawyers Association Election SeminarBriefing on 2008 U.S. Senate Races2008
National Republican Senatorial Committee Compliance SeminarLegal Compliance for Candidate Committees2008
National Republican Senatorial Committee Compliance SeminarSenate Ethics and Campaign Finance Briefing2007
Republican National Committee Compliance SeminarRepublican National Committee Legal Compliance Seminar2006