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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 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 1986
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (60%), Securities Litigation (20%), Civil Litigation: Defense (10%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
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. Over more than 30 years of practice, he has handled a wide range of business litigation, including cases involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty, securities fraud, legal malpractice, trade secret misappropriation, contract breaches, violations of non-compete agreements, and Director and Officer liability. He has handled numerous disputes between partners, shareholders and members of limited liability companies---which often lead to buyouts of an owner or division of the company. His cases have involved a wide variety of industries including financial, oil and gas, energy, healthcare, hospitality and construction. 

As an undergraduate, Mr. Burford received a BBA in accounting from the University of Houston in 1981, after which he worked for two big eight accounting firms. 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. Beginning his career as an auditor and later as tax lawyer gives, Mr Burford an edge in business disputes because of his through understanding of financial statements and accounting issues often at the heart of business disputes, especially damages associated with commercial disputes.

In 1989, Mr Burford began his litigation career at Gibbs and Bruns, where he helped to build it into one of the nations' preeminent litigation law firms-- regularly receiving Texas 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 more than 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 successfully handled cases in federal and state court cases in several other states including New York, Nevada, California, Florida and Illinois. He also has substantial experience as counsel in Arbitration matters throughout  the United States before panels under AAA,  FINRA, and AHLA and International arbitration bodies such as the ICC using the Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (‘UNCITRAL’)  .

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, "BestLawyers " in America as published in U.S. news for the last two years and Super Lawyers for the last 18 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 for his entire career 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.

About Robert R. Burford

First Admitted: 1986, Texas

Professional Webpage:


  • 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 .

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

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

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

Educational Background

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

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; real estate developers, 2018


  • Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly, 2004-2021; Benchmark Litigation Star for 3 successive years; Recognized as one of BestLawyers in US 2020 and 2021, partner-BestLawyers in US, Best Lawyers, 2022
  • 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
  • Finalist, American Lawyer’s Boutique Litigation Firm of the Year

Industry Groups

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

909 Fannin St
Suite 2630
Houston, TX 77010

Last Updated: 6/2/2021

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