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Robert C. Hilliard

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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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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 Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP in 1985, which is now Hilliard Martinez 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 INSIDE magazine called Mr. Hilliard, “The Champion.” That same year, Texas Super Lawyers magazine featured an article about him entitled, “The Bulldog.”

Bar and Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals: Fifth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits
  • United States District Courts: District of Columbia, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania & Minnesota


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

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
  • 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
  • Corpus Christi Bar Association
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, WY, Instructor 1997-2000
  • Alumni Board of Trustees for St. Mary's University School of Law
  • The Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) - Invitation only council which limits membership to 3,500 fellows at all times


  • 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
  • Texas Super Lawyers, 15 years
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

Presentations and Speeches

  • Paying Victims of Tragedy: Designing Public and Private Compensation Funds
    Panel discussion with Kenneth Feinberg
    RAND Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation
    Washington DC, December 5, 2017
  • 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

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  • Attorney Bob Hilliard reflects after the Koua Fong Lee verdict: Watch Now
  • Koua Fong Lee: A Road to Justice: Watch Now
  • Bob Hilliard delivers the commencement address to the 2012 St. Edward's University Graduating Class: Watch Now
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