Good Apple Dinner

2018 Good Apple Dinner Honoring Robin Gibbs

The Texas Appleseed Board of Directors was pleased to honor trial lawyer Robin Gibbs with the 2018 J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award. Robin spearheads a firm culture committed to pro bono, and his civic and charitable causes have aided communities and at-risk students in Houston and beyond. Robin Gibbs’ legal career spans over 45 years, and he’s regularly regarded as one of the top trial lawyers in the U.S. He began his career at  Vinson & Elkins in 1971 and formed Gibbs & Bruns LLP in 1983, now a nationally-recognized litigation boutique acclaimed for its precedent-setting work across various industries. Robin has served as a Trustee of The University of Texas Law School Foundation since 2008, and is presently the Foundation Chair. Texas Appleseed was honored to have his insight and leadership as a Board Member from 2001-2009. Robin and his firm support a number of issues, including providing financial, pro bono legal, and other forms of assistance to families affected by Hurricane Harvey; those affected by homelessness and poverty issues; and dropout prevention for at-risk students in Texas. 

Texas Appleseed presented the 2018 Pro Bono Leadership Awards to two outstanding law firms who have been integral to our justice work. Dallas firm Bell Nunnally has been a major contributor to an important fair housing case that will have an impact on how jurisdictions use disaster recovery dollars. Latham & Watkins LLP in Houston became a pro bono partner in 2015. This year, Latham & Watkins is working with us to complete a toolkit about debtors’ prisons, has developed the core content for a toolkit about school policing and school safety, and is working in conjunction with several other partners to create a guide for criminal attorneys who must notify their clients of potential immigration consequences of their criminal cases.


Robin Gibbs

Host Committee

George Butts, Co-Chair • Harry M. Reasoner, Co-Chair
Rodney Acker • Chip Babcock • Jack Balagia • David Beck • Mark Berg
Ricardo Cedillo • Nina Cortell • Hilda Galvan • Julius Glickman 
Hon. Wallace B. Jefferson • Tom Leatherbury  • Neal Manne • John H. Massey
Charles Matthews • Mike McKool • Harriet Miers • Richard Mithoff
John S. Moody, Sr. • Hon. Harriet O’Neill • Kathy Patrick • Hon. Tom Phillips
Bill Powers • Barrett Reasoner • Eduardo Rodriguez • Jim Sales
Bobby Stillwell • Steve Susman • John Watson



Robin and Lela Gibbs and Gibbs & Bruns LLP


H-E-B · King & Spalding

Norton Rose Fulbright · The John M. O'Quinn Foundation 

Macey & Harry Reasoner · Sidley Austin LLP

The University of Texas Law School Foundation / The University of Texas School of Law

Vinson & Elkins LLP


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP · Baker Botts L.L.P.

Cantilo & Bennett, L.L.P. · Cockrell Interests LLC 

Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza, Inc · Exxon Mobil Corporation

Jones Day · Locke Lord LLP · McKool Smith

Regina Rogers · Reynolds Frizzell LLP

Sanchez Energy Corporation · Susman Godfrey and Mark Wawro


Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP · AT&T

Balagia & Tekell · Beck Redden LLP · Bell Nunnally

Edna and George Butts · BVA Group

Carter Arnett PLLC · Dawn Estes, Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC

FTI Consulting · Gang Under Repair

Cheryl & Jim George · Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP · Haynes and Boone, LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP · Susan Karamanian

Kelly, Durham & Pittard, LLP and Pulman, Cappuccio & Pullen, LLP

Dee Kelly Jr. and Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP · Kirkland & Ellis LLP

The Krist Foundation · Latham & Watkins LLP · Charles W. Matthews

Mayer Brown LLP · McGinnis Lochridge · Sherry & Gerald Merfish

Ginni & Richard Mithoff · Parkside Capital · Carrin Patman & Jim Derrick

Perkins Coie LLP · Phillips 66 · Pioneer Natural Resources

Scott Douglass & McConnico · Charles & Judy Tate

Thompson & Knight Foundation · Winstead PC