Robert A. Wilkins

Over the last ten 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 personal injury and tort matters, oil and gas matters, condemnation issues, first amendment issues, and intellectual property disputes. While continuing to handle a variety of matters, over the past several years, Rob has focused his practice on commercial litigation with an emphasis on shareholder oppression/business divorce cases, breach of contract claims, securities disputes, and other business conflicts. For 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, Rob was recognized as a “Texas Rising Star” 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. Between college and law school, Rob spent a year and a half as a commercial banker working at Mashreq Bank in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Rob was born and raised in Houston and Galveston Texas. He is an avid outdoorsman and spends his free time hunting, fishing, and shooting sporting clays. Rob is married to Carol Henry Wilkins, of McAllen, Texas. They have a one-year-old son, Cameron.

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, by restructuring the corporate governance
  • 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 minority holdings
  • Part of the team that defended shareholder oppression claims asserted by a minority shareholder’s surviving widow

Breach of Contract

  • 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

Miscellaneous

  • 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
  • Currently 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

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Education

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)


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

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