Robert A. Wilkins

Over the last seventeen years, Rob has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of litigation matters in both state and federal courts as well as before arbitral tribunals. These representations have included business disputes, personal injury and tort matters, oil and gas matters, condemnation issues, first amendment issues, and intellectual property disputes.  Over the past twelve years, while continuing to handle a variety of matters, Rob has increasingly focused his practice on commercial litigation with an emphasis on business divorce cases, fiduciary duty issues, breach of contract claims, securities disputes, and other business conflicts; mostly in the oil and gas/energy arena. For 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, Rob was recognized as a “Texas Rising Star” in Texas Monthly magazine.  For 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, Rob was recognized as a “Texas Super lawyer” in Texas Monthly magazine.

After graduating with honors from the University of Texas School of Law and until joining with Jared Levinthal to create Levinthal • Wilkins, Rob practiced at the global firm of Vinson & Elkins, LLP.  At Vinson & Elkins, Rob gained a wealth of experience representing clients in high-value, complex disputes that often had “bet-the-company” implications.  In 1997, Rob graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics that included the Business Foundations program.  Between college and law school, Rob spent a year and a half as a personal and then commercial banker working at Mashreq Bank in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Rob was born and raised in Houston and Galveston Texas. When he is not working, he spends his free time hunting, fishing, shooting sporting clays, and generally enjoying the outdoors with his wife, Carol, their six year old son, and their golden retriever, Bailey. Rob is a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, the Houston Racquet Club, the Greater Houston Gun Club, the Yardbird Hunting Club, and the knights of Momus.

Representative Matters

Business Divorce/Shareholder Oppression

  • As co-lead plaintiff’s counsel, represented a co-equal shareholder and co-equal director of a closely held multi-million dollar exploration-and-production company in shareholder oppression/business divorce case. The case was ultimately settled before trial to client’s satisfaction
  • Lead defense counsel defending a closely-held multi-million dollar exploration and production company against shareholder oppression claims of a minority shareholder. Settled pre-trial by negotiating defendants’ purchase of the plaintiff’s holdings
  • Part of the team that defended shareholder oppression claims asserted by a minority shareholder’s surviving widow
  • Represented business owner in defending allegations by former co-shareholder who asserted rights to an independent international railcar logistics company.  After summary judgment and plea to the jurisdiction briefing, plaintiff settled for a fraction of the claimed damages

Breach of Contract

  • Lead trial lawyer defending arbitration brought by former consultant for litigation funding business who had asserted a multi-million dollar breach of the compensation agreement. After a full hearing, the consultant’s claims were dismissed, while Rob’s client was awarded declaratory relief and roughly $400,000.00 in fees and expenses.
  • Lead trial lawyer in international arbitration brought on behalf of local energy provider that had been acquired by Canadian entity. The acquiring company claimed that Rob’s client had failed to satisfy the EBITDA component of the governing earnout provision and, for that reason, was due no further compensation. The matter was ultimately settled to the client’s satisfaction.
  • Part of trial team that obtained judgment that the buyer in a $10 billion merger breached its obligations to use its reasonable best efforts to secure its financing and consummate the merger with the client
  • Co-lead plaintiff’s counsel in multi-million dollar arbitration involving contract dispute where defendant had wrongfully assessed certain fees and expenses against shareholder in completing a secondary equity offering. After the arbitration hearing, the arbitrator awarded 95% of claimed damages including pre and post-judgment interest
  • As lead defense counsel, defended a publicly held hospital group against a multi-million dollar breach of contract claim asserted by a billing consultant. With minimal cost to client, settled the claim for roughly 1% of asserted damages
  • Lead plaintiff’s counsel in a breach of contract claim filed on behalf of computer software company. After removal to federal court and multiple rounds of summary judgment briefing, case was settled to client’s satisfaction
  • Part of the team that tried arbitration on behalf of computer software company in arbitration involving issues of breach of contract and breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing; arbitrators awarded client $6.2 million

Case Citations

  • Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., et al. v. Huntsman Corp., 965 A.2d, 715, 2008 (Del. Ch. 2008)

Securities Litigation

  • Obtained with other V&E attorneys dismissal of securities fraud class action against telecommunications company
  • Obtained with other V&E attorneys dismissal with prejudice of securities fraud class action against large domestic electrical subcontractor
  • Obtained with other V&E attorneys dismissal of securities fraud class action against large energy services company


  • Second chair representing a municipal utility district in condemnation/valuation trial. After a week-long trial, the jury returned a verdict for the exact valuation forwarded on behalf of the MUD
  • Represented a large broadcasting company in asserting first amendment rights to access at a civil commitment hearing. After the hearing, the client was awarded the requested access
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a large publicly held corporation against a plaintiff asserting allegations of improper foreclosure
  • Member of the trial team for pharmaceutical manufacturer Purdue Pharma L.P. in its Texas OxyContin® litigation
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing claims asserted against officer of medical imaging corporation. Plaintiff had attempted to hold the officer individually responsible for continuing lease obligations, after the corporation failed to pay its franchise tax
  • Represented the Board of Managers of a local exploration and production company in lawsuit relating to improper shareholder dilution. After briefing on motions to dismiss, Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their claims
  • Obtained Arbitration Award that included attorneys fees, against individual IT Manager who used his position to steal computers and computer equipment from a local exploration and production company
  • Obtained summary judgment while representing the Conflicts Committee of a Master Limited Partnership, defending against allegations that the MLP overpaid by hundreds of millions of dollars in a pipeline acquisition
  • First Chair of three week trial in Federal Court in Houston, representing a company accused of civil RICO, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and other causes.

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.


University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2001

University of Texas, B.A. Business Economics, 1997

Affiliations and Recognition

  • Admitted to practice: Texas, United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member: American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • “Texas Rising Star,” Texas Monthly (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • “Texas Super Lawyer,” Texas Monthly (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 18)
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, Houston Racquet Club
  • Member, Greater Houston Gun Club
  • Member, Yardbird Hunting Club
  • Member, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
  • Member, Knights of Momus

Robert A. Wilkins
2323 S. Shepherd Drive, Suite 1000
Houston, Texas 77019
T: (713) 275-9700
F: (713) 275-9701

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