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After working as a public accountant for two Big Eight accounting firms, Robert Burford graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1986 with honors. He was a member of the Houston Law Review, Order of the Coif, and Order of the Barons. Mr. Burford worked as a tax lawyer for three years at Mayor, Day, Caldwell & Keeton, and then began his career as a commercial litigator in 1989 with Gibbs & Bruns, L.L.P., one of the nation’s most highly recognized boutique firms, receiving such accolades as finalist in the American Lawyer’s Boutique Litigation Firm of the Year, the Plaintiffs’ Hot List, and numerous other awards.

Mr. Burford became a partner with Gibbs & Bruns in 1993, and served as managing partner or co-managing partner of the firm for many years. Mr. Burford left Gibbs & Bruns in 2009 to start his own firm, where he was named to Benchmark Litigation’s “Litigation Stars” list for 3 successive years. He started Burford Perry, LLP in June 2015.

Mr. Burford has worked on complex commercial litigation matters for nearly 30 years, and was recognized by Best Lawyers® for Commercial Litigation in the 2020 Edition. He has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly for the last 16 consecutive years (2004 – 2019), a long-term recognition that few trial lawyers share. Mr. Burford focuses his practice exclusively on business and commercial litigation. He has handled complex, high-stakes business disputes of nearly every variety for both plaintiffs and defendants, including litigation involving fiduciary duties, securities fraud, mergers and acquisitions, Director’s and Officers’ liability, legal malpractice, oil and gas matters, partnership disputes, intellectual property disputes, theft of trade secrets, healthcare related matters and complex contractual disputes.

Location

  • Two Houston Center, Suite 2630
    909 Fannin Street
    Houston, TX 77010

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Education

  • University of Houston , J.D. (Cum Laude), graduated 1986
  • University of Houston, B.B.A. in Accounting, graduated 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, State Bar of Texas

Affiliations

  • Texas Bar Foundation - Fellow

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation

Special Focus

  • COVID-19

Awards:

  • Best Lawyers® for Commercial Litigation, 2020 EditionTexas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2004-2019

WTG Gas Processing, L.P. v. ConocoPhillips Company, et al.

Robert obtained a summary judgment win in a $500 Million breach of contract, fraud and negligent misrepresentation action for his client, ConocoPhillips. The case involved the sale of pipelines and gas processing facilities in West Texas. The trial court victory was then affirmed by the Court of Appeals and further review was rejected by the Texas Supreme Court.

Francis D. John v. Key Energy Services, Inc.

Robert represented the former CEO of a public oil field services company in his suit for wrongful termination. The case involved the dismissal of Mr. John after he was blamed for the restatement of Key Energy’s financial statements following acquisition of more than 100 companies under Mr. John’s stewardship. The case was hotly disputed but resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement for Mr. John.

Houston Police Officers Pension System v. City of Houston, et al.

Robert represented the Houston Police Officer’s Pension System in seeking police officers pension benefits from the City of Houston. The case settled out of Court with the City of Houston agreeing to pay more than $3 Billion to police fund pension obligations.

AIG Highstar Capital, L.P. v. Stagecoach Holding, LLC et al.

Robert represented John Thrash, E Partners and E Corp in a dispute over the ownership of a high performance, multi cycle natural gas storage facility in New York. AIG claimed a “Control Flip” had occurring that would have substantially devaluated the ownership position of Robert’s clients. The case was uniquely resolved by a sale of the entire storage facility to a third-party, Inergy, L.P. with Robert’s clients obtaining more than $50 Million in the sale—preserving their ownership value.

D. Bobbitt Noel, Jr. v. Chief Energy and Devon Energy Holdings, L.L.C., et al.

Robert represented Vinson & Elkins attorney, D. Bobbitt Noel in a fraud and breach of fiduciary duty case against billionaire, Trevor-Rees Jones, Chief Energy and Devon Energy. Noel alleged an old friend, Trevor-Rees Jones, cheated him when he bought out Noel’s stake in a highly successful shale gas company, Chief Energy. After a several week trial and favorable jury verdict, the Court entered a $196 Million judgment for Noel.

Goodrich Leasehold, LLC and Goodrich Drillers, LLC v. Stone Energy Corporation

Robert successfully defended Stone Energy Corporation in a jury trial involving allegations of fraud in connection with drilling operations under a farm-out agreement.

Integrated Health Concepts, Inc. v. U.S. Diagnostic, Inc., Mohammad Athari, M.D., and Don Ballard

Robert represented Don Ballard in his breach of employment contract case against U.S. Diagnostic. After a several day trial to the bench, a million dollar judgment was entered in Ballard’s favor.

Quantum Chemical Corporation v. The M. W. Kellogg Company

Robert represented M.W. Kellogg in successfully defending against claims made by Quantum Chemical Corporation for alleged fraudulent misrepresentation. The case involved M.W. Kellogg’s proprietary millisecond technology that was installed in Quantum’s polyethylene plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Quantum claimed more than $300 million in damages. After a several-week trial, the jury found no liability against MW. Kellogg and more than $13M in damages on a counter-claim for theft of trade secrets filed by Robert's client.

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