Attorney Robert Hilliard has been practicing law in the state of Texas for over 30 years, gaining national recognition
for his work on many high-profile cases. With his partners, he established Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP in 1985.

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Robert C. Hilliard

Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP represents clients in mass torts, personal injury, product liability, commercial and business litigation, and wrongful death matters.

Mr. Hilliard’s cases have made headlines statewide and on the national level. His advocacy for victims of accidents caused by GM's defective ignition switch led to his appointment by Federal Judge Jesse Furman as co-lead counsel in the National GM Ignition Switch Litigation. This multi-district litigation is considered the single largest product liability litigation in US history. His representation of the parents of a Corpus Christi teenager who committed suicide due to extreme bullying at his high school focused a national spotlight on the menace of bullying in schools. He led the fight for justice for disabled residents of the Corpus Christi State School who were forced to take part in an infamous “fight club” for the amusement of some staff members. Mr. Hilliard’s other high-profile cases include:

  • February 21, 2017, Mr. Hilliard presented arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of voiceless Mexican citizens victimized by excessive force at the hands of U.S. government agents. Representing the family of 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, who was gunned down while playing near the Mexican border by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Mr. Hilliard argued that the protections of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment apply to noncitizens like Sergio, who are the victims of a U.S. agency’s excessive force.
  • Winning a $25 million verdict for a workplace brain injury (net to client: $1,475,000 | expenses: $250,000 | attorney fees: $1,360,000).
  • Winning a $21.5 million verdict for an auto accident victim who suffered a back injury (net to client: $1,699,033.30 | expenses: $310,145.13 | attorney fees: $1,360,000.00). This was the largest verdict awarded in 2012 in the U.S. for a car crash victim requiring back surgery - The National Law Journal
  • Successfully representing a 92-year-old woman who broke her hip when she was injured by a sliding door in a hospital. The jury awarded $6.4 million, which was the third highest verdict in Texas in 2011 (net to client: $1,694,663.86 | expenses: $92,836.14 | attorney fees: $1,462,500.00) - verdictsearch.com.
  • Winning two notable cases against Ocwen Loan Services for allegations of predatory lending
  • Helping free a Hmong man wrongfully convicted of criminal vehicular homicide in Minnesota. The Innocence Project of Minnesota honored Mr. Hilliard for his work by giving him the organization‘s first “Never Forgotten Award.” He was also named a finalist for the Public Justice Foundation’s prestigious “Trial Lawyer of the Year” award in 2011.
  • Serving as liaison counsel for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee against Toyota for the widely reported unintended acceleration litigation
  • Fighting for victims of the FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde incidents
  • Acting as lead counsel in a class action suit against H&R Block, which resulted in a rapid refund to approximately 300,000 Texans


Mr. Hilliard received his undergraduate degree in English literature from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas where he graduated summa cum laude. A four-year letterman in tennis, Mr. Hilliard won numerous awards and championships and was inducted into the
St. Edward's Athletics Hall of Fame.
He was also named the 1980 'athlete of the year' for all sports.  In 1983, he graduated with honors from St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio. While attending St. Mary's Law School, he served as the associate editor of the St. Mary’s Law Journal. Upon receiving his Juris Doctor degree, Mr. Hilliard began his legal career at the Law Offices of Guy Allison in Corpus Christi. He established his own practice in 1985, which is now Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP, and then Hilliard Shadowen LLC in 2012.

Mr. Hilliard has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, FOX News, 60 Minutes and other national and international media. A 2011 cover story in NSIDE magazine called Mr. Hilliard, “The Champion.” That same year, Texas Super Lawyers magazine featured an article about him entitled, “The Bulldog.”

Bob Hilliard's Bio

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Texas 1983
  • Northern, Southern, Western, & Eastern United States District Courts of Texas
  • Louisiana, Pennsylvania & Minnesota United States District Courts
  • United States Supreme Court

Education

  • JD 1983, University of St. Mary’s School of Law, San Antonio (with honors + associate editor of Law Review)
  • BA 1980, English Literature, St. Edwards University, Austin (Summa Cum Laude)

Board Certifications

  • Personal Injury Trial Law, 1990, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Civil Trial Law, 1992, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Corpus Christi Bar Association
  • St. Mary’s University Law Alumni Association - Board of Trustees, 2013
  • The Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) - Invitation only council which limits membership to 3,500 fellows at all times
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) - “Advocate” Level (minimum of 50 trials as Lead Counsel)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (nka American Association for Justice (AAJ), past national co-chair Ethics Committee
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, WY, Instructor 1997-2000

   

  

Accolades

  • Nomination: 2017 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award
  • National Law Journal’s 2016 Elite Trial Attorney of the Year Award in the Products Liability category
  • National Law Journal’s 2015 Elite Trial Attorney of the Year Award in the Motor Vehicles category
  • 2017 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award nominee
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thompson Reuters 2003 - 2004, 2006 – 2016
  • Never Forgotten Award from Innocence Project of Minnesota, 2010
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Invitation only organization for Top 100 Trial Lawyers in each state
  • Bob Hilliard on Wikipedia
  • Public Justice Foundation - Finalist, Trial Lawyer of the Year award, 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell's “AV® Preeminent Rating"

Presentations & Speeches

  • 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 Border Should 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
  • Trial: Increasing in Frequency? Bifurcating Liability and Damages, Bellwether Approach
    Class Actions Seminar
    San Juan, PR, May 5, 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

Video Links

Attorney Bob Hilliard reflects after the Koua Fong Lee verdict: link here


Koua Fong Lee:  A Road to Justice: link here


Bob Hilliard delivers the commencement address to the 2012 St. Edward's University Graduating Class: link here


Bennie Garcia - Verdict KIII News: 
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ABC News _ Brian Ross (Fight Club): 
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20/20 Dax Cowart: link here


Del Hilliard Statue Dedication Ceremony: 
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Verdict in Coca-Cola Case: 
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