Robert R. Burford

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Burford Perry LLP
 | 909 Fannin St, Suite 2630
Houston, TX 77010
Phone: 713-401-9790
Fax: 713-993-7739
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (60%),
  • Securities Litigation (20%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Robert R. Burford is a co-founder of Burford Perry LLP. From the firm's office in Houston, Texas, he handles complex commercial litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants throughout Texas and the United States. His cases include claims for breach of fiduciary duty, securities fraud, legal malpractice, trade secret misappropriation, contract breaches, violations of non-compete agreements, officer and Director liablity, corporate dissolutions and shareholder disputes. His cases involve a wide variety of industries including oil and gas, pipeline, energy, petrochemical, healthcare, financial and construction.

    As an undergraduate, Mr. Burford received a BBA in accounting from the University of Houston in 1981. He initially worked towards his CPA at the the Big Eight accounting firm Ernst and Young. He then decided to pursue his legal education at the University of Houston Law Center and was awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1986. While in law school, Mr. Burford served on the Houston Law Review and upon graduation was elected to the Order of the Coif, an honor society for graduates of U.S. law schools. After graduation, he spent three years as a tax associate at Mayor, Day, Caldwell and Keeton and then began his litigation career at Gibbs and Bruns LLP, where he helped to build it into one of the nations preeminent litigation law firms--with the law firm regularly receiving local and National Honors such as the "Plaintiffs' Firms Hot List" in the National Law Journal and Best Litigation Boutique Firm in the Country by the American Lawyer. Mr Burford was managing partner or co-managing partner of Gibbs and Bruns for many of his 20 years with the firm. He started Burford Perry LLP in 2015. He regularly practices in state courts throughout Texas; before the U.S. Federal District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. In addition, he has sucessfully handled cases in federal and state court cases in several other states including New York, Oklahoma, California, Florida and Illinois. He also has substantial experience as counsel in Arbitration matters in the United States and Internationally before the AAA, ICC, FINRA,  AHLA.

    He has received recognition from several respected attorney rating services, including being listed as one of Benchmark Litigation’s “Litigation Stars” for 3 successive years.

    During his career, Mr. Burford has earned the respect of his colleagues for his successful track record and high degree of ethics. This is reflected in his receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Burford remains active in several legal organizations, including the Houston Bar Association and the Texas Bar Foundation.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Business Litigation
    • 20%Securities Litigation
    • 20%Creditor Debtor Rights
    Focus Areas

    Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


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    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020

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    About Robert Burford

    Admitted: 1986, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly, 2004-2018; Benchmark Litigation Star for 3 successive years.
    • Order of the Baron, University of Houston Law Center, 1986
    • Plaintiff’s Hot List, The National Law Journal
    • Reviewed AV Preeminent* peer , Martindale-Hubbell
    • Top Lawyers in Houston, H Texas Magazine, 2015-2016
    • Order of the Coif, University of Houston Law Center, 1986
    • Rated through Avvo. Mr. Burford, Superb peer
    • Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly, 2003-2014
    • Finalist, American Lawyer’s Boutique Litigation Firm of the Year

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Texas Bar Foundation
    • The U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
    • Houston Bar Association
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
    • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
    • Texas, 1986

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Houston Law Review, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, Member


    • In Re: Azurix Securities Litigation.
    • Moran (Creditor's Trust Litigation) vs Brian Pardo; Represented Brian Pardo, former Chairman and CEO of Life Partners in litigation jointly brought by Life Partners' Bankruptcy Trustee and 22,000 Investors who purchased fractional interests in billions of dollars of Life Insurance Policies brokered by Life Partners. Plaintiffs' claims included securities fraud, ponzi scheme, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent transfer and bankruptcy preferences. Notably, before Burford Perry, LLP was engaged Pardo had already lost a case for Securities Fraud brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission related to the sale of these very same fractional interests, and to make matters worse the fractional interest sold by Life Partners was found to be a "security" by the the Texas Supreme Court (and therefore subject to securities regulations. Against this backdrop, the Plaintiffs sought approximately $750 million in damages, boldly claiming in numerous press articles, trade journals and at trial that Pardo had orchestrated the biggest Ponzi Scheme in Texas history.  After a contentious jury trial before the Honorable Reed O'Connor, in which the jury soundly rejected the Plaintiffs claims of Ponzi Scheme---and the Court ultimately entered a judgment for only $24 million which was less than 3% of Plaintiffs' claimed damages. 
    • Houston Police Officers Pension System v. City of Houston, et al.
    • Integrated Health Concepts, Inc. v. U.S. Diagnostic, Inc., Mohammad Athari, M.D., and Don Ballard.
    • D. Bobbitt Noel, Jr. v. Chief Energy and Devon Energy Holdings, L.L.C., et al.
    • AIG Highstar Capital, L.P. v. Stagecoach Holding, LLC et al.
    • WTG Gas Processing, L.P. v. ConocoPhillips Company, et al.
    • Goodrich Leasehold, LLC and Goodrich Drillers, LLC v. Stone Energy Corporation.
    • Francis D. John v. Key Energy Services, Inc.
    • Quantum Chemical Corporation v. The M. W. Kellogg Company .

    Representative Clients:

    • Houston Police Officers' Pension System; AD Hospital East, LP, LLC; Advanced Diagnostics; Individual Lessors and Royalty Owners; Power Research Inc; Construction Concepts and Design; Numerous US and foreign entrepreneurial businesses, including US residents in local Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexican and Middle Eastern communities.  , 2018

    Educational Background:

    • University of Houston, Houston, Texas, Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting), 1981

    Industry Groups

    • Energy.
    • Financial
    • Medical
    • Oil And Gas
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    Office Location for Robert R. Burford

    909 Fannin St
    Suite 2630
    Houston, TX 77010

    Phone: 713-401-9790

    Fax: 713-993-7739

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    Last Updated: 5/12/2020

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