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Robert R. Burford( Partner )

2 Houston Center
909 Fannin St., Ste 2630
Houston, Texas 77010

After working as a public accountant for two Big Eight accounting firms, Robert Burford graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1986 with honors. He was a member of the Houston Law Review, Order of the Coif, and Order of the Barons. Mr. Burford worked as a tax lawyer for three years at Mayor, Day, Caldwell & Keeton, and then began his career as a commercial litigator in 1989 with Gibbs & Bruns, L.L.P., one of the nation’s most highly recognized boutique firms. There he earned such accolades as finalist in the American Lawyer’s Boutique Litigation Firm of the Year, the Plaintiffs’ Hot List, and numerous other awards.

Mr. Burford became a partner with Gibbs & Bruns in 1993, and served as managing partner or co-managing partner of the firm for many years. Mr. Burford left Gibbs & Bruns in 2009 to start his own firm, where he was named to Benchmark Litigation’s “Litigation Stars” list for 3 successive years. He founded Burford Perry, LLP with partner Brent Perry in 2015.

Mr. Burford has worked on complex commercial litigation matters for nearly 30 years, and was listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (2020-2021) for Commercial Litigation. He has been selected to Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters for the last 16 consecutive years (2004 – 2020), a long-term recognition that few trial lawyers share. He was selected for inclusion in America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators (2019), an honor given to less than one-half percent of active attorneys in the United States — the most exclusive and elite level of litigators in the community. Mr. Burford focuses his practice exclusively on business and commercial litigation. He has handled complex, high-stakes business disputes of nearly every variety for both plaintiffs and defendants, including litigation involving fiduciary duties, securities fraud, mergers and acquisitions, Director’s and Officers’ liability, legal malpractice, oil and gas matters, partnership disputes, intellectual property disputes, theft of trade secrets, healthcare related matters, and complex contractual disputes.

Clients have come to rely on Mr. Burford’s extensive legal knowledge and depth of experience for complex commercial litigation matters. With his background in tax law and decades of trial experience, Mr. Burford appreciates the intricacies involved with these types of issues and has a detailed understanding of the underlying accounting principles involved in financial legal matters. His attention to detail and thorough approach benefit his clients, no matter what type of legal issue they may encounter.

 

Mr. Burford’s cases include, or have included:

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas, 1986

Education:

  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. (Cum Laude) – 1986
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Order of the Baron
    • Law Review: Houston Law Review, Member
  • University of Houston, Houston, Texas
    • B.B.A. – 1981

Honors and Awards:

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation, 2020-2021
  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2004-2020
  • America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators, 2019

Past Employment Positions

  • Mayor, Day, Caldwell & Keeton, Tax Lawyer
  • Gibbs & Bruns, L.L.P., Partner

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PARTNERS

Robert R. Burford

Partner

After working as a public accountant for two Big Eight accounting firms, Robert Burford graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1986 with honors. He was a member of the Houston Law Review, Order of the Coif, and …

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Brent Perry

Brent C. Perry

Partner

Brent Perry has distinguished himself as a skilled commercial litigator over his 30-year career in a wide range of business litigation and appellate maters. In this time, he has used his wealth of experience to help clients resolve complex issues …

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Matt Parks

Matt Parks

Partner

Matt Parks is a dedicated trial attorney who focuses on business and commercial litigation across a variety of industries, including oil and gas, energy, and healthcare. He has represented individuals and businesses of all sizes in complex disputes, ranging from …

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ASSOCIATES

Zachary Carlson

Associate

Zachary Carlson joined Burford Perry in mid-2019 after clerking for two justices on Texas’ First Court of Appeals in Houston. Zachary graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in May 2017. While in law school, Zachary served …

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Clyde James (“Jay”) Jackson III

Of Counsel

Jay Jackson joined Burford Perry, LLP in March 2019. He brings over three decades of wide-ranging trial experience and has the knowledge to help clients with virtually any type of personal injury or commercial litigation case. Clients have come to …

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Shawn Johnson

Associate

Shawn A. Johnson has excelled in a variety of complex legal disputes and proved himself to be a skilled trial and appellate attorney since joining Burford Perry in 2017, following his clerkship with Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul W. Green. …

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