Robert C. Hilliard
Attorney Robert Hilliard has been practicing law in the state of Texas for over 35 years, gaining national recognition for his work on many high-profile cases. With his partners, he established Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP in 1985, which became Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP in 2017.
Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP represents clients in mass torts, personal injury, product liability, commercial and business litigation, and wrongful death matters.
For 40 years Bob Hilliard has taken on Big Pharma in the courtroom. He obtained the first multi-million dollar verdict in the Bendectin litigation against drug manufacturer Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals for injuries caused by the morning sickness drug. At the conclusion of trial, the jury found in favor of Mr. Hilliard’s client, awarding a verdict of 33.75 million, including 30 million in punitive damages.
In 2013, Mr. Hilliard was the lead trial attorney for 15 patients killed or injured during Bristol-Myers Squibb’s testing of an experimental drug for Hepatitis C. Mr. Hilliard led all filings, pre-trial matters, and negotiations and, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, successfully settled the cases for $80 million.
That same year Mr. Hilliard was Lead Counsel in the pharmaceutical product liability case, In re: Risperdal Litigation, against Johnson & Johnson. He tried two cases before juries in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas that both settled during trial. Mr. Hilliard led the negotiations and successfully settled over 1,500 cases for a confidential
amount after Mr. Hilliard took the deposition of Johnson & Johnson’s C.E.O., Alex Gorsky. Mr. Hilliard’s docket was the last mass docket to settle with Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Hilliard was appointed to lead the largest litigation in the country when he was tapped by a Manhattan Federal Judge in the personal injury GM Ignition Switch Litigation MDL. He was the lead settlement negotiator with General Motors in GM’s 2017 $575 million settlement.
Bob Hilliard is currently the lead Truvada attorney in federal court in San Francisco against prominent drug manufacturer Gilead, claiming the company intentionally kept a safer HIV drug from hundreds of thousands of patients so as to protect its multi-billion dollar patent on a less safe drug. He has been hired by over 9,000 injured Truvada users. In his latest action filed just last week, Mr. Hilliard launched some of the earliest lawsuits against the makers of the popular heartburn drug Zantac after the FDA reported the medicines contain dangerous levels of a cancer-causing toxin. He has been hired by over 7,000 injured Zantac users.
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 member.
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