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Rob Gilbreath is a senior partner in Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP’s litigation department and serves as Appellate and Legal Issues Practice Group Leader.  He has handled more than 200 appeals in a wide variety of areas, including trust and estates, personal injury, breach of contract, breach of warranty, breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, family law, oil and gas, contempt of court, arbitration, government regulation, defamation, RICO, shareholder oppression, and Lanham Act false advertising claims. After graduating from law school, Rob served a year as law clerk at the Texas Supreme Court.  He is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is the former Chair of the Board’s Appellate Exam Commission, which drafts and grades the appellate certification exam.  He is also a founding member and trustee of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. Rob has handled or assisted with appeals and original proceedings in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuits; and the United States Supreme Court.  He has argued over 90 cases before the Fifth Circuit, the Eleventh Circuit, the Supreme Court of Texas, the New York Court of Appeals (the state's highest appellate court), the Arizona Supreme Court, the Georgia Supreme Court, Pennsylvania's court of appeals (the Superior Court), the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Florida Court of Appeals, and most of the fourteen intermediate appellate courts in Texas. Rob has prevailed in numerous important cases in the Texas Supreme Court. For example, in 2014 the Court issued a landmark decision on shareholder oppression claims. Ruling in favor of Rob’s clients, the Court held that there is no common-law claim for shareholder oppression, narrowly redefined “oppression” for purposes of statutory oppression claims, eliminated the buyout remedy for statutory oppression claims, and rendered judgment that the plaintiff take nothing on her shareholder oppression claim. The decision has been called the most important decision of the Texas Supreme Court's 2013-2014 term. In 2011, Rob’s successful representation in the Texas Supreme Court of a client accused of contempt earned him a front-page story in the Texas Lawyer newspaper.  In 2016, his win in the Texas Supreme Court for a client whose settlement proceeds were stolen by her lawyer also earned him a front-page story in the Texas Lawyer. And his 2009 Texas Supreme Court victory for a large homebuilder client seeking insurance coverage was also covered by the Texas Lawyer as a groundbreaking development in the law. In addition to handling cases in the appellate courts, Rob assists with error preservation, complex motions, and pleadings in the trial courts.  He often attends trial to help litigators preserve error, particularly in the jury instructions/court’s charge.  He has been responsible for preserving error in numerous multimillion-dollar, complex cases, including two where the jury’s verdict exceeded $300,000,000.00.


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 100%

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  • Andrew Ryan Stubblefield

    Rob is an incredible appellate lawyer. He has a tremendous gift for persuasive written advocacy and an unparalleled grasp of appellate procedure. I've had the benefit of his abilities in both trial and appellate courts and I simply could not recommend him more highly.


    Andrew Stubblefield Litigation Attorney
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Contact info

Highland Park Place
4514 Cole Avenue, Suite 550
Dallas, TX, 75205


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Lawyers in TexasSuperlawyers2013
Best Lawyer, Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2013
Best Lawyers in DallasD Magazine2013
SuperlawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2013
Best Lawyer in Dallas Under 40D Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP2006 - Present
PartnerJenkens & Gilchrist1998 - 2006
PartnerVial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox, LLP1990 - 1998
Law ClerkTexas Supreme Court1989 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dallas Bar AssociationNominating Committee, Appellate Section2006 - Present
Texas Supreme Court Historical SocietyBoard of Trustees1991 - Present
Texas Supreme Court Historical SocietyFounding Member and TrusteeN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Board of Legal SpecializationMemberN/A
Dallas Bar AssociationJudiciary Committee2015 - 2015
State Bar of TexasChair, Civil Appellate Law Exam Commission2012 - 2012
State Bar of TexasChair, Local Bar Liaison Committee, Appellate Section2005 - 2005
Dallas Bar Associate Appellate SectionChair2003 - 2003
Dallas Bar AssociationChair, Appellate Section2003 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
El Dorado Land Co., L.P. v. City of McKinneyClient prevailed in the Supreme Court of Texas
In re J.P. Morgan Chase BankClient prevailed in the Fourth Court of Appeals
In re Coy ReeceClient prevailed in the Supreme Court of Texas
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Publication nameTitleDate
State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Report, "The Appellate Advocate"May a Party's Lawyer Prosecute Criminal Contmept Charges Against the Opposing Party?2013
Texas LawyerDon't Ruin the Texas Jury Charge2013
The Appellate AdvocateNo Mandate, No Laundry: A Proposal for Clarifying the Effect of An Appellate Court's Judgment Before the Mandate2009
CertworthyLost Secret Revealed: The Seven ABC's of Successful Appellate Advocacy2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1989
Baylor UniversityBusinessBBA1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Dallas Bar Appellate Section LuncheonDon't Be Ugly: Good Typography ajnd Document Design2011
State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury SeminarThe Charge Conference2009