Robert C. Alden - Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson, LLP

Robert C. Alden

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 512-271-5304

Robert Alden started practicing law in 1987, and joined Byrd Davis Furman & Alden as a partner in 2001. In addition to commercial litigation, he tries personal injury, car accident, wrongful death and product liability cases in State and Federal courts. Robert has tried over 30 trials, and has argued several cases before the federal and state courts of appeals. Robert’s practice encompasses a wide range of civil and commercial disputes in areas such as personal injury, real estate and partnership disputes, products liability, construction defects, professional malpractice, corporate director and officer liability, and deceptive trade practices.

Awards and Honors

Robert has been rated “AV,” the highest peer review rating, by Martindale Hubbell since 1996. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as one of the best lawyers for commercial litigation, Plaintiff’s personal injury litigation and “bet-the-company” litigation, and was named “Personal Injury Trial Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 by Best Lawyers. He has also been named as a “Super Lawyer” beginning in 2005. Super Lawyers are chosen by Thomson Reuters and published in Texas Monthly magazine.

Professional Affiliations
  • American College of Trial Lawyers – Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates – Associate,
  • 2015-2016 President of Austin chapter and Representative to the National Board of Directors
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers
  • Texas Bar Foundation – Life Fellow
  • Austin Bar Foundation – Life Fellow
  • American Inns of Court, Robert Calvert Inn – Master
  • College of the State Bar of Texas.

Robert is member of the State Bar of Texas and admitted to practice in all Texas state courts. He has been admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas


Robert earned his Juris Doctorate with “high honors” from the University Of Texas School Of Law. Robert received honors in law school as a Chancellor and Order of the Coif. He was also an editor of the Texas Law Review. He received a Masters of Public Affairs with highest honors, and Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

Articles And News

Judge Rules Drainage Fee Invalid

Plaintiff Awarded over $900k for injuries in car accident

Robby Alden is interviewed by KVUE newsregarding the officer shooting of a North Austin resident.

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Texas Lawyer

Triple D Security Settles Suit Over Deadly 2010 Wreck

The University of Texas at AustinBA 1980The University of Texas at AustinMPA 1987The University of Texas at AustinJ.D. 1987
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAmerican Inns of CourtTexas Bar FoundationThe National Trial LawyersTexas Trial Lawyers AssociationAmerican College of Trial Lawyers

Case History

Brochtrup v. Mercury Marine and Sea Ray — I was the lead counsel for the plaintiff in this product liability action, alleging that an unguarded propeller on a ski boat or planing vessel was unreasonably dangerous.   A unanimous federal court jury returned a verdict in our favor, and awarded $3.9 million in damages.   The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment.  This was the first verdict and judgment against the boating industry on such a claim.
Poole v. City of Austin — Represented a group of Plaintiffs seeking to have the City of Austin's drainage utility fee declared invalid as applied to residents living in multi-family residences because it did not meet the requirements of the authorizing statute.  Court ruled in Plaintiffs' favor, and declared the city's ordinance invalid.

Client Comments

"Robby is an excellent lawyer who produces results. He is creative in his approach and does not just "work the file". He is an adversary who opposing counsel want out of a case. Also, he provides bold estimates and then comes through. In one case with a massive number of plaintiffs and defendants, he predicted that we would be the first defendants to be dismissed. His prediction proved true. I have known him for over 20 years; he is as honest and fair minded as lawyers come."

-David Greenblatt
Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
Eagle Materials Inc.

"In my experience, Mr. Alden demonstrated a deep understanding of the law in general and an impressive familiarity with a wide range of specific statutes and rulings. In addition, he was always well prepared. These attributes make him a very good lawyer. In my opinion, Mr. Alden exceeds even that ranking, thanks to his ability to anticipate another party's strategies and prepare accordingly. His unflappable nature and well-honed communications skills make him a formidable force in the courtroom. From our first meeting, I felt a sense of confidence in Mr. Alden that put me at ease. From that point on, he exceeded my already-high expectations at every turn. "

-Mitchell Nelson
Judybox Amplifiers

"Mr. Alden is a very thoughtful and highly capable individual. His excellence in character, exceptional knowledge, attention to detail, and effective communication skills serve him well. My experience is that Mr. Alden is very proficient and easy to work with."

-D. Nick Dunn
The Money Box

"Mr. Alden proved to be a competent, knowledgeable, and calming force during a very stressful and frustrating time for my company. His understanding of the law concerning our particular issue was not only reassuring, but also exceeded that of our opponent's attorneys. More importantly, Mr. Alden's dedication to helping us was clearly evident in his preparation and tenacity throughout the whole ordeal. I must also praise him for his fairness and openness concerning his billing. We understood exactly what we were being billed for and why. Not once did we feel the fees were out of proportion or extreme in any way. Hopefully, my company will not need the services of an attorney for such a situation again, but if we do, our first call will be to Robert Alden."

-Ray Bacon
Judybox, Inc.

Office Location

707 West 34th Street
Austin, TX 78705-1204
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2012 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation of the Austin Metro Area
Robert C. Alden has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation (Breach of Contract, Civil Litigation, Fiduciary Duties, Fraud, Plaintiffs)
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Other Information

Race: Caucasian
Gender: Male