A TEXAS LAW FIRM with a NATIONAL REPUTATION for RELENTLESSLY PURSUING JUSTICE.

ROBERT C. HILLIARD

Attorney Robert Hilliard has been practicing law in the state of Texas for 40 years, gaining national recognition for his work on many high-profile cases. He was recently awarded the 2021 Corpus Christi Bar Association’s Lawyer of the Year Award. His firm represents clients in mass torts, personal injury, product liability, commercial and business litigation, and wrongful death matters.

HOTEL RWANDA HERO KIDNAPPING

In August 2020, Paul Rusesabagina, the man portrayed as a hero in the Academy Award-nominated movie Hotel Rwanda, was taken against his will to Rwanda and charged with terrorism, murder and other crimes. According to the New York Times, Rusesabagina had been asked to travel to Burundi to speak to local churches. In Dubai, he boarded a jet chartered from GainJet, believing he was on a flight to Burundi. Instead, he was taken to the Rwandan capital, Kigali. In partnership with Rusesabagina’s family and international human rights groups, Bob Hilliard agreed to join Mr. Rusesabagina’s legal team. On December 14, 2020, Hilliard and team filed action against GainJet, alleging that Rusesabagina was kidnapped and flown to Rwanda without due process.

SCOTUS

On June 7, 2010, Sergio Hernandez Guereca, an unarmed 15-year-old, was playing with his friends near the U.S./Mexico border when he was shot and killed by U.S. Border Patrol agent. Mr. Hilliard, representing the teenager’s family, argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court on February 21, 2017. Two years later, SCOTUS ruled against Sergio’s family. Mr. Hilliard stated, “In this case, justice doesn’t travel as far as a bullet does. To be left with no remedy, given a lethal and unprovoked shooting, weakens the constitutional foundation of America’s house.”

MERRELL DOW PHARMACEUTICALS

Mr. Hilliard obtained the first multi-million dollar verdict in the Bendectin litigation against Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals for injuries caused by the morning sickness drug. The jury found in favor of Mr. Hilliard’s client, awarding a verdict of $33.75 million, including $30 million in punitive damages.

BRISTOL-MEYERS SQUIBB

In 2013, Mr. Hilliard was the lead trial attorney for 15 patients killed or injured during Bristol-Myers Squibb’s testing of an experimental drug for Hepatitis C. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, he successfully settled the cases for $80 million.

MR. HILLIARD’S HIGH-PROFILE CASES INCLUDE:

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

That same year Mr. Hilliard was Lead Counsel in the pharmaceutical product liability case, In re: Risperdal Litigation, against Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Hilliard led the negotiations and successfully settled over 1,500 cases for a confidential amount after he took the deposition of Johnson & Johnson’s CEO, Alex Gorsky.

ZANTAC

Mr. Hilliard launched some of the earliest lawsuits against the makers of the popular heartburn drug Zantac after the FDA reported the medicines contain dangerous levels of a cancer-causing toxin. He has been hired by over 17,000 Zantac users who developed or may be at risk of developing cancer.

GILEAD

Bob Hilliard is currently the lead attorney in federal court in San Francisco against prominent drug manufacturer Gilead, claiming the company intentionally kept safer HIV drugs from hundreds of thousands of patients to protect its multi-billion dollar patent on less safe drugs. He has been hired by over 9,000 users of Gilead’s HIV medications.

GENERAL MOTORS

Mr. Hilliard was appointed to lead the largest litigation in the country when he was tapped by a Manhattan Federal Judge in the personal injury GM Ignition Switch Litigation MDL. He was the lead settlement negotiator with General Motors in GM’s 2017 $575 million settlement.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Mr. Hilliard’s representation of the parents of a Corpus Christi teenager who committed suicide due to extreme bullying at his high school focused a national spotlight on the menace of bullying in schools. He led the fight for justice for disabled residents of the Corpus Christi State School who were forced to take part in an infamous “fight club” for the amusement of some staff members.

HOTEL RWANDA HERO KIDNAPPING

In August 2020, Paul Rusesabagina, the man portrayed as a hero in the Academy Award-nominated movie Hotel Rwanda, was taken against his will to Rwanda and charged with terrorism, murder and other crimes. According to the New York Times, Rusesabagina had been asked to travel to Burundi to speak to local churches. In Dubai, he boarded a jet chartered from GainJet, believing he was on a flight to Burundi. Instead, he was taken to the Rwandan capital, Kigali. In partnership with Rusesabagina’s family and international human rights groups, Bob Hilliard agreed to join Mr. Rusesabagina’s legal team. On December 14, 2020, Hilliard and team filed action against GainJet, alleging that Rusesabagina was kidnapped and flown to Rwanda without due process.

Credentials & Acknowledgements

BAR and COURT ADMISSIONS
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas, 1983
  • The District of Columbia Bar, 2020
  • United States Courts of Appeals:  Second, Fifth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits
  • United States District Courts: District of Columbia, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, Louisiana, Western District of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Minnesota
EDUCATION
  • BA 1980, English Literature, St. Edwards University, Austin, TX (Summa Cum Laude)
  • JD 1983, University of St. Mary’s School of Law, San Antonio, TX (with honors + associate editor of Law Review)
BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
  • Personal Injury Trial Law, 1990, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Civil Trial Law, 1992, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) – “Advocate” Level (minimum of 50 trials as Lead Counsel)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (nka American Association for Justice (AAJ), past national co-chair Ethics Committee
  • Corpus Christi Bar Association
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, WY, Instructor 1997-2000
  • Alumni Board of Trustees for St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • Litigation Counsel of America
    • Member, Trial Law Institute
    • Member, Diversity Law Institute
    • Barrister, Order Of Justitia
  • Lawyers Of Distinction
  • American Academy of Attorneys Top 100 – Personal Injury Law
ACCOLADES
  • Corpus Christi’s Lawyer of the Year, 2021
  • Best Lawyers® – The Best Lawyers in America recognition for 2021, 2022, and 2023 in the following categories: Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Nomination: 2017 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award
  • National Law Journal’s 2016 Elite Trial Attorney of the Year Award in the Products Liability category
  • National Law Journal’s 2015 Elite Trial Attorney of the Year Award in the Motor Vehicles category
  • Texas Super Lawyers, 15 years
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV® Preeminent Rating”, 2019-2021
  • Public Justice Foundation – Finalist, Trial Lawyer of the Year award, 2011
  • Never Forgotten Award from Innocence Project of Minnesota, 2010
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Invitation only organization for Top 100 Trial Lawyers in each state
  • Bob Hilliard on Wikipedia
  • St. Edward’s University 2016 Distinguished Alumni
PRESENTATIONS and SPEECHES
  • Paying Victims of Tragedy: Designing Public and Private Compensation Funds
    Panel discussion with Kenneth Feinberg
    RAND Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation
    Washington DC, December 5, 2017
  • Presenting Arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court
    Center for Ethics and Leadership
    St. Edward’s University
    Austin, May 2, 2017
  • A Border Wall, A Bullet and a Constitutional Conundrum: When Police Shoot Across the Border Should US Law Apply?
    Searching for Sanctuary Conference
    Berkeley La Raza Law Journal
    Berkeley, April 14, 2017
  • St. Mary’s University School of Law Centennial of the Constitution of Mexico Celebratory Conference
    San Antonio, February 3, 2017
  • The National Law Journal’s Second Annual Elite Trial Lawyers Awards
    New York, NY December 8, 2016
  • University of Miami School of Law Class Action & Complex Litigation Forum
    December 1-2, 2016
  • Trial: Increasing in Frequency? Bifurcating Liability and Damages, Bellwether Approach
    Class Actions Seminar
    San Juan, PR, May 5, 2016
Presentations And Speeches (Videos)
  • Attorney Bob Hilliard reflects after the Koua Fong Lee verdict: Watch Now
  • Koua Fong Lee: A Road to Justice: Watch Now
  • Bob Hilliard delivers the commencement address to the 2012 St. Edward’s University Graduating Class: Watch Now

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