Attorney Robert Hilliard has been practicing law in the state of Texas for over 35 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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Bob Hilliard Lawyer of the Year speech

2021  Corpus Christi Lawyer of the Year Award

“A Corpus Christi court room was the first time, as a very young lawyer almost 40 years ago, I ever stood up and said: ‘Plaintiffs are ready your Honor.’  My first jury trial. Now, with over a hundred trials all over the country behind me, I consider how fortunate I am.  This is my home city, a city I love. It is where I met the love of my life, my wife, Catherine. This legal community, its lawyers and judges, are my lifelong friends. I am humbled and honored to be named Lawyer of the Year by my peers. Even more so given my friend Ben Crump was here as well to inspire all of us.”

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MR. HILLIARD’S high-profile CASES include:

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In May 2013, Mr. Hilliard was the lead trial attorney who obtained a $25 million jury verdict in a premises liability case in Nueces County, Texas. His client, a security guard for a downtown Corpus Christi building, was severely beaten while at work. The $25 million judgment is the 2013 No. 1 verdict in Texas for a premises liability case.


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In May 2012, Mr. Hilliard was the lead trial attorney in a case involving a woman who was injured in a two-vehicle accident. The driver of the second car, an employee for Coca-Cola, was talking on her cell phone at the time of the accident. A jury found in favor of Mr. Hilliard’s client and awarded her $21.5 million. That verdict was the largest 2012 jury verdict in the nation for a case involving a back injury requiring surgery. It was also the third largest motor vehicle verdict in Texas for 2012 and ranked No. 11 in overall verdicts in Texas for 2012


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As lead trial lawyer, Mr. Hilliard successfully represented a 90-year-old Corpus Christi woman who was injured when a hospital’s sliding door closed on her, crushing her hip. The jury awarded a $6.4 million verdict, which ranked No. 3 in Texas for overall verdicts in 2011


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Other notable cases include a 2005 case in which Mr. Hilliard represented multiple plaintiffs against Ocwen Loan Services, LLC (formerly Ocwen Federal Saving Bank) on allegations of predatory lending. Mr. Hilliard tried two cases, which resulted in combined verdicts of $13.5 million. Mr. Hilliard’s firm was then appointed Liaison Counsel in the Ocwen Multi-District Litigation in Texas


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Mr. Hilliard was also the lead class counsel in Haese v. H&R Block, a class action lawsuit involving every Texan who received a rapid refund from H&R Block (approx. 300,000 plaintiffs). He assisted other class counsel in forcing H&R Block to disclose it received kickbacks for arranging loans between its tax preparation clients and predatory lenders. The settlement for his clients was over $50 million

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mr. Hilliard received his undergraduate degree in English literature from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas where he graduated summa cum laude. A four-year letterman in tennis, Mr. Hilliard won numerous awards and championships and was inducted into the St. Edward’s Athletics Hall of Fame. He was also named the 1980 ‘athlete of the year’ for all sports.

In 1983, he graduated with honors from St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio. While attending St. Mary’s Law School, he served as the associate editor of the St. Mary’s Law Journal. Upon receiving his Juris Doctor degree, Mr. Hilliard began his legal career at the Law Offices of Guy Allison in Corpus Christi. He established Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP in 1985, which is now Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP and then Hilliard Shadowen LLC in 2012.

Mr. Hilliard has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, FOX News, 60 Minutes and other national and international media. A 2011 cover story in INSIDE magazine called Mr. Hilliard, “The Champion.” That same year, Texas Super Lawyers magazine featured an article about him entitled, “The Bulldog.”

Bob is licensed by the State Bar of Texas and the District of Columbia Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts of the District of Columbia, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and the Western District of Michigan.  Bob is also admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Texas, the United States Supreme Court, and the  Second, Fifth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals.