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Leslie Ritchie Robnett

Biography
Leslie Ritchie Robnett is a sixth-generation Texas attorney who focuses her practice on complex commercial trial law, with a specialty in appellate and regulatory matters. Her practice ranges from fraud and trade secret disputes to contract, insurance, real estate, oil and gas, partnership, and fiduciary litigation. 

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Robnett spent almost a decade in Austin, Texas, where she represented sophisticated clients as a public affairs and litigation counsel with two national law firms. While in Austin, Ms. Robnett’s practice concentration was in administrative, regulatory, and legislative law.  From this background, Ms. Robnett has developed a skill for helping her clients execute long-term strategies on issues ranging from litigation avoidance to debt collection; from bill passage to administrative implementation.

In addition to her complex litigation caseload, Ms. Robnett represents clients in contested cases before the State Office of Administrative Hearings, administrative appeals into the Travis County District Court, and high-stakes disputes with government agencies. Ms. Robnett has frequently practiced before the Texas Legislature, the Department of Insurance, the Office of Attorney General, the Texas Department of Health, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, the Texas Comptroller, the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, and other state agencies.

Prior to studying law, Ms. Robnett worked as Chief of Staff to Representative Phil King (R, Weatherford), former Chairman of the Texas House Committee on Regulated Industries during the deregulation of the electric and telecom industries. After law school, Ms. Robnett worked as a briefing attorney to Justice Paul W. Green on the Texas Supreme Court. She also clerked for former Chief Justice Linda B. Thomas on the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas, Texas, and Justice Phil Johnson on the Texas Supreme Court.

Ms. Robnett graduated from the University of Texas School of Law, with high honors, in 2008 where she served as editor in chief and co-founder of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law. She earned her B.S., with highest honors, from the University of Texas at Austin.

Experience and highlights
  • Lead counsel in AAA Arbitration over fraud allegations involved in Asset Purchase Agreement dispute; successfully defended fraud allegations and confirmed and collected large award for breach of Seller Note plus attorneys’ fees
  • Second chair in six-year commercial dispute in the United States Federal Court for the Western District of Texas—San Antonio Division and Fifth Circuit; successfully tried two bench trials on breach of contract and remanded fraud claims; obtained multi-million dollar award in favor of client, plus attorneys’ fees
  • Commercial dispute over sourcing agreement between national equipment broker and third party salesman; successfully defended against Anti-SLAPP motion that is currently pending in Texas Second Court of Appeals
  • Successfully represented commercial consultant seeking to protect commercially sensitive information from disclosure in Public Information Act dispute before Texas Office of the Attorney General
  • Successfully represented emerging industry in defending against a Request for Opinion to the Texas Office of the Attorney General submitted by Texas Legislature
  • Currently representing emerging industry in development and execution of Texas legislative strategy to obtain distribution license under recently-implemented Texas law
  • Formerly represented national conglomeration of air ambulance providers in developing statewide strategy to increase Workers’ Compensation insurance reimbursement rates; handled complex administrative appeals before the State Office of Administrative Hearings and Travis County District Court
  • Formerly represented international telecommunications company before both Texas Department of Insurance and Texas Legislature in passing legislation allowing companies to create captive insurance companies in Texas
Affiliations and honors

AFFILIATIONS

  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Austin Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Civil Appellate Section Board of Directors
    • Vice Chair, 2019-2020
    • Secretary, 2018-2019
  • Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, Greenhill Fellow
  • The University of Texas System Chancellor's Council
  • Texas Cultural Trust, Texas Women for the Arts
  • Austin Meeting Host Committee, 2017
  • Dress for Success-Austin, Board of Directors, 2013-2017
  • Austin Bar Association, Civil Appellate Section Board of Directors, 2016-2017
  • Austin Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section Board of Directors
    • Chair, 2014-2015
    • Vice Chair, 2013-2014
    • Treasurer, 2012-2013
  • Advisory Council, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Stewards of the Wild Austin Division

HONORS

  • Forty under Forty Honoree, Fort Worth Business Press, 2021
  • Top Attorney in Antitrust Law, 360 West magazine, 2020-2021
  • Top Attorney, Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2018
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2012-2016
  • Featured Attorney, Super Lawyers magazine, cover and full-length profile, 2013
Education
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with highest honors, 2008
    • Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder
  • University of Texas, B.S., with highest honors, 2004
Admissions
  • State Bar of Texas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Speeches & Publications
  • Speaker, "Growing the Texas Cannabis Market: State and Federal Cannabis Legislation Now and Tomorrow," Tarrant County Bar Association, October 2020
  • Moderator, Judgments, Collection and Fees, Oh My, Tarrant County Bar Association, Appellate Law, Brown Bag Seminar Series, January 2020