The following message was sent from American Association for Justice CEO Linda Lipsen to association members on November 21, 2013.
I am sad to report that Bob Gibbins, American Association for Justice President from 1991-92, died Nov. 19th.
Bob was born in Oklahoma City and attended Classen High School until he left to serve in the Navy. After finishing his tour in Korea, he made Texas his home. He entered the University of Texas, received his completion certificate (to complete his high school work), earned his undergraduate degree and then attended the University of Texas School of Law.
After graduating from law school in 1961, Bob spent his first ten years as a plaintiff trial lawyer in the Panhandle before moving to Austin. Broadus Spivey, one of Bob's former partners, mentioned that when he started a trial, Bob made a point of speaking humbly to the jury and always opened with, “I have no pride, no vanity when it comes to representing my client….” He wanted the jurors to know that he would communicate with them, not talk at them.
Not long after his service as AAJ President, Bob was honored with the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998 and the Leonard M. Ring Champion of Justice Award in 1999. Throughout his career, he participated in several other organizations including the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers, American Board of Trial Advocates and American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. In addition, he authored a number of personal injury practice guides and made time to mentor up-and-coming plaintiff lawyers.
Bob was an extraordinary trial lawyer with an ebullient and charming personality. He dedicated decades of service to his clients and, through his leadership, made lasting contributions to the long-term success of the American Association for Justice.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s family.