Robert C. Hilliard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Corpus Christi, TX

Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP
 | 719 South Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Phone: 800-491-1493
Fax: 361-882-3015
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Consumer Law (10%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Garnering national acclaim for his work on many high-profile cases, attorney Robert C. Hilliard has achieved unprecedented success advocating on behalf of those suffering as the result of someone else's negligent, careless or unlawful actions.

The founding partner of Hilliard Martinez Gonzales L.L.P. in Corpus Christi, Texas, Mr. Hilliard represents clients throughout the state and across the country in a wide range of mass torts, personal injury and wrongful death claims as well as business and commercial litigation. The firm recently announced the opening of a new Chicago, Illinois office in May of 2020. He currently serves as co-lead counsel in the multidistrict General Motors ignition switch class action, regarded as one of the largest product liability suits in American history.

A lawyer for more than 35 years and holding dual certifications in personal injury trial law and civil trial law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Hilliard possesses extensive knowledge and insight into many areas of the law, and he frequently serves as a leading legal analyst for numerous national and international print and televised news outlets.

A 1980 summa cum laude graduate of St. Edward's University, Mr. Hilliard began his legal career after obtaining his Juris Doctor from St. Mary's University School of Law in 1983 and his license to practice from the State Bar of Texas that same year. Truly a national lawyer, Mr. Hilliard also practices before federal courts throughout the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and he is also licensed to practice in the District of Columbia.

Recognized as one of the nation's top attorneys, Mr. Hilliard served as chairman for the National Ethics Committee from 1992-1995, and in 2016, he received the Distinguished Alumni award from St. Edward's University. The subject of numerous features and cover stories for a variety of legal publications, Mr. Hilliard has earned a reputation as a "bulldog" for his aggressive trial tactics and unrelenting pursuit of justice.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10%Consumer Law
  • 10%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability, Auto Dealer Fraud, Consumer Protection, Fraud, Identity Theft, Lemon Law, Class Actions, Asbestos, Toxic Torts


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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2020

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  • WHY SO MANY TRUCK ACCIDENTS? Putting Profits Before People (2018) - We have represented clients who were injured by the extreme negligence of trucking truckers, they employ unlicensed drivers with a history of dangerous driving. The pressure to deliver goods on time leads trucking companies to cut corners that put the public’s safety at risk.

  • About Robert Hilliard

    Admitted: 1983, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • The Champion, NSIDE Magazine, 2011
    • 2017 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award Nominee
    • National Law Journal's 2015 Elite Trial Attorney of the Year Award in the Motor Vehicles Category
    • The National Trial Lawyers - Invitation only organization for Top 100 Trial Lawyers in each state
    • Boss of the Year, Corpus Christi Legal Professionals, 2007
    • Texas Super Lawyers, Thompson Reuters, 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2016
    • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Never Forgotten Award, Innocence Project of Minnesota, 2010
    • National Law Journal's 2016 Elite Trial Attorney of the Year Award in the Products Liability Category
    • Public Justice Foundation - Finalist, Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, 2011

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1992
    • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1990

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Corpus Christi Bar Association
    • Past National Co-Chair, Ethics Committee for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • ST. Mary's University Law Alumni Association - Board of Trustees, 2013
    • American Bar Association
    • Eastern, Northern, Western & Southern District Courts of Texas, United States District Courts
    • Litigation Council of America
    • State Bar of Texas, 1983
    • United State Supreme Court
    • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) - "Advocate" Level
    • Louisiana, Pennsylvania & Minnesota United States District Courts

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • CLE Presentations: "Effective Trial Strategies: The Story Starts with You" - Presented at 33rd Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation CLE Session (Austin, Texas)
    • Trial: Increasing in Frequency? Bifurcating Liability and Damages, Bellwether Approach, Class Actions Seminar, San Juan, PR, May 5, 2016
    • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, WY, Instructor, 1997-2000
    • 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 BorderShould 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
    • St. Edward’s University 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards, Austin, February 19, 2016
    • Don't Give Your Soul to Your Law Degree, Give Your Law Degree to Your Soul, Georgetown Law Center, Washington DC, 2015
    • The National Law Journal's First Annual Elite Trial Lawyers Awards, Florida, 2015
    • Seminar on the Unique Aspects of Automobile Class Actions with Global Ramifications: Leading National Litigators Address the Complexities of Multidistrict Litigation in Conjunction with Multinational Investigations, New Orleans, December 2, 2015
    • Bridgeport’s Volkswagen Class Action and MDL Conference, San Francisco, November 23, 2015
    • Effective Trial Strategies: The Story Starts with You, 33rd Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation CLE Session, 2009

    Educational Background:

    • St. Edward's University - Austin, Texas, B.A. English Literature, Graduated Summa Cum Laude, 1980
    Find Me Online
    Website - Wikipedia
    Twitter - @HMGLawfirmCC
    Blog - News


    • “Fearless. One of the best trial lawyers in America. Has become the go-to lawyer for national high dollar plaintiffs' litigation against some of the largest companies in the world.”
    • “Outstanding jury trial lawyer. Perhaps the best plaintiffs’ trial lawyer in the state.”
    • “Bob may be the best prepared, as well as the most talented, trial lawyer in the state of Texas; he is a truly formidable opponent.”
    • “Hilliard is one of the best jury trial lawyers in the country, bar none.”
    • “Still one of the best stand up trial lawyers in the state.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Robert C. Hilliard

    719 South Shoreline Boulevard
    Corpus Christi, TX 78401

    Phone: 800-491-1493

    Fax: 361-882-3015

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