Robert C. Hilliard

Top rated personal injury attorney in Corpus Christi, Texas

Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP
Robert C. Hilliard
Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Products liability, Class action & mass torts; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1983

Education: St. Mary's University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2022
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Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP

719 South Shoreline Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78401 Visit website


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 nearly 40 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

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - products: plaintiff, Class action/mass torts: plaintiff, Consumer law

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, Class actions, Asbestos, Toxic torts, Auto dealer fraud, Consumer protection, Fraud, Identity theft, Lemon law

  • 60% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 20% Personal injury - products: plaintiff
  • 10% Class action/mass torts: plaintiff
  • 10% Consumer law

First Admitted: 1983, Texas

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Educational Background:
  • St. Edward's University - Austin, Texas, B.A. English Literature, Graduated Summa Cum Laude, 1980
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
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
  • 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
White Papers:
  • 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., WHY SO MANY TRUCK ACCIDENTS? Putting Profits Before People, 2018

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

“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.”

Office location for Robert C. Hilliard

719 South Shoreline Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Phone: 800-491-1493


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2022

Top lists

Top 100: Houston Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022

Certificates and credentials

Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Personal Injury Trial Law

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