Distinguished Alumni Award
Robert "Bob" C. Hilliard '80, B.A. in English Literature (Summa Cum Laude)
Bob is a founding partner of Hilliard MuÃ±oz Gonzales, a Texas personal injury trial law firm specializing inmass torts, catastrophic personal injury, product liability, commercial and business litigation, andwrongful death. He has been practicing law in the state of Texas since 1983 and is board certified in bothPersonal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Bob has areputation for taking on some of the largest and wealthiest companies, including General Motors,Toyota and Coca-Cola. In 2012, Bob, along with his friend and former classmate Steve Shadowen â€™80,opened the law firm of Hilliard & Shadowen. Their focus is economic justice (consumer fraud, antitrustand related matters) as well as civil and human rights. Bob is a member of The Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only honor society for lawyers. Hehas been named Texas Super Lawyer (2003, 2004; 2006 â€“ 2015) and one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers for2011 by the National Trial Lawyers. In December 2015, he was conferred with the 2015 National EliteTrial Lawyer of the Year award in New York City. In 2014, he was inducted into the Texas Lawyer VerdictsHall of Fame. The Innocence Project of Minnesota recognized Bob (along with his co-counsel) with the2010 Never Forgotten Award for their work to free Koua Fong Lee from prison; Mr. Lee had beenwrongfully convicted of causing a fatal crash and spent almost three years behind bars as a result (hehad been driving a Toyota that has since been shown to have sudden unintended acceleration).Bob graduated from St. Edwardâ€™s in 1980 with a bachelorâ€™s degree in English Literature. While astudent, he was a member of the Menâ€™s Tennis Team and competed with the 1979 team that wasinvited to the NAIA National Tennis Tournament. The tennis team was coached by Bobâ€™s mentor,Brother Emmett Strohmeyer, CSC. Br. Emmett insisted on was three things from the tennis players: youhad to be a gentleman on the court, you had to be on the Deanâ€™s List, and you had to win. In 1989, Bobwas inducted into St. Edwardâ€™s Athletics Hall of Fame for his dedicated years to the tennis team.In the summer of 2011, Bob established The Brother Emmett Strohmeyer, CSC and Paul J.Weber â€™80 Memorial Endowed Scholarship in honor of his mentor, Br. Emmett, and classmate, Paul J.Weber â€™80. That same year, he gave the final December undergraduate commencement address.