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 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Consumer Law (10%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)
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. 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): 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

Personal Injury - Products (20%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Consumer Law (10%): Auto Dealer Fraud, Consumer Protection, Fraud, Identity Theft, Lemon Law

Class Action/Mass Torts (10%): Class Actions, Asbestos, Toxic Torts

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

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 15 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2018

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About Robert Hilliard

Admitted: 1983, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.hmglawfirm.com/attorneys/robert-c.-hilliard/

Honors/Awards:

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

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:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Effective Trial Strategies: The Story Starts with You, 33rd Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation CLE Session, 2009
  • Bridgeport’s Volkswagen Class Action and MDL Conference, San Francisco, November 23, 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
  • The National Law Journal's First Annual Elite Trial Lawyers Awards, Florida, 2015
  • Don't Give Your Soul to Your Law Degree, Give Your Law Degree to Your Soul, Georgetown Law Center, Washington DC, 2015
  • St. Edward’s University 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards, Austin, February 19, 2016
  • Trial: Increasing in Frequency? Bifurcating Liability and Damages, Bellwether Approach, Class Actions Seminar, San Juan, PR, May 5, 2016
  • 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
  • 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
  • Presenting Arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court, Center for Ethics and Leadership, St. Edward's University, Austin, May 2, 2017
  • 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
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, WY, Instructor, 1997-2000
  • CLE Presentations: "Effective Trial Strategies: The Story Starts with You" - Presented at 33rd Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation CLE Session (Austin, Texas)

Educational Background:

  • St. Edward's University - Austin, Texas, B.A. English Literature, Graduated Summa Cum Laude, 1980
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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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