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G. Michael Gruber

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1445 Ross Avenue
Suite 2500
Dallas, TX 75202
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Mr. Gruber's practice primarily involves business litigation defense, although he has also posted a number of very large verdicts, judgments and settlements on the plaintiff side. He is board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and co-authored the two volume treatise “Texas Litigation Plans and Forms.”

Mr. Gruber has been named as a Texas Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines (2003-2013). The same publications have repeatedly listed him as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas and one of the Top 100 Dallas-Fort Worth Lawyers. Additionally, D Magazine has repeatedly listed him as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas. He was recently presented the Award of Excellence by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the Justinian Award for community service and the SMU School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award.

He attended Southern Methodist University undergraduate and went on to obtain his J.D. from the Dedman School of Law at SMU in 1981 where he was an Editor of the Law Review and Student Bar President.

Representative Experience

  • $123 million dollar judgment in commercial litigation case against Blockbuster Video.
  • $30 million verdict in a commercial litigation against Shell Oil Company.
  • $22 million judgment in sexual assault/Dram Shop case following bench trial against Pastazio's Pizza, Inc.
  • $20 million jury verdict in employment case against Roche Pharmaceuticals.
  • $50 million settlement of oil and gas dispute.
  • $40 million dollar settlement in Enron related litigation.
  • $35 million settlement in fiduciary partnership litigation.
  • $25 million in settlements from Securus patent litigation.
  • $25 million cash settlement on shareholder dispute.
  • $24 million settlement obtained in shareholder dispute.
  • $10 million settlement after arbitration award.
  • Lead Counsel for the State of Texas on the Texas High-Speed Rail Project.
  • Counsel to School Board President in DISD litigation.
  • Counsel to ElkCorp in tender offer litigation.

Representative Clients

  • Pappas Brothers
  • Samsung
  • Securus Corp.
  • Interstate Batteries
  • CBRE Trammell Crow
  • Texas Capital Bank
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Ryan, Inc.
  • BosGen Liquidating Trust
  • MCAR Liquidating Trust
  • THQ Liquidating Trust

Professional / Civic Affiliations


  • Past Chairman for Dallas Bar Association's CLE Committee, Bench Bar Book Committee, Judicial Poll Committee
  • Criminal Justice Act Attorney Panel Member
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas

Community - Past and Present Positions

  • Dallas Zoological Society, 2014-2015 Board Chair
  • Habitat for Humanity, Chairman Dream Dallas Project
  • Basic English Program, Director
  • Catholic Foundation Advisory Board, Director
  • Children's Education Fund, Chairman
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, Director, GroupOne Division
  • Next Generation Fund, Director
  • North Texas Entrepreneur Foundation, Founding Director
  • North Texas Region of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Director
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Chairman/Chairman Emerites, Annual Event, 2005-Present

Honors and Awards

  • SMU Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015
  • Justinian Award, 2012
  • DAYL Award of Excellence, 2009
  • Texas Super Lawyer, 2003-2014
    • Top 100 in Dallas
    • Top 100 in Texas
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation - 2011-2016
  • Selected as a "Best Lawyer in Dallas" in the area of Business Litigation by D Magazine, 2008 -2014


11.09.15|Gruber, Shank Named to Elite List of Influential Dallas Business Leaders
11.05.15|Eight Firm Attorneys Honored in “Best Lawyers in America”
11.05.15|Gruber Hurst Elrod Named to National List of “Best Law Firms”
09.08.15|Twelve Firm Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Texas Super Lawyers Listing
04.24.15|Five Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank Partners Featured Among Best Lawyers in Dallas
04.01.15|Two High-Profile Dallas Trial Boutiques Announce Merger
03.19.15|Michael Gruber honored with SMU Law School’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award
09.22.14|Nine Attorneys from Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Recognized in  2014 Texas Super Lawyers Listing
08.19.14|Five Gruber Hurst Attorneys Recognized Among The Best Lawyers in America
04.23.14|Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Partners Featured Among Best Lawyers in Dallas
09.16.13|Eight Attorneys from Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Recognized in 2013 Texas Super Lawyers Listing
08.15.13|Four from Dallas’ Gruber Hurst Named to The Best Lawyers in America for 2014
04.25.13|Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Partners Earn D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas Honors
11.08.12|Gruber Hurst Honored Among Top Ranked Law Firms in Texas
09.21.12|Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP Launch Access to Justice
09.17.12|Gruber Hurst Partners Recognized in 2012 Texas Super Lawyers Listing
09.07.12|Gruber Hurst Honored Among Top Ranked Law Firms in Texas
06.12.12|Gruber Hurst Attorneys Earn Unprecedented Recognition
04.26.12|Mike Gruber Receives Justinian Award for Volunteer Service
04.19.12|Three Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Partners Featured Among Dallas' Best Lawyers
11.01.11|Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Named Among North Texas’ Top Litigation Firms
05.26.11|Three Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Partners Featured Among Dallas Best Lawyers
05.01.11|Dallas Law Firm Changes Name to Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank
09.14.10|Gruber Hurst Attorneys Honored in 2010 Texas Super Lawyers List
08.13.10|Three Dallas Litigators Named Among "The Best Lawyers in America"
12.11.09|Firm Attorneys Build Homes in Thailand as Habitat for Humanity Volunteers
12.11.09|Attorney Michael Gruber Earns Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
09.17.09|Five Gruber Hurst Attorneys Honored in Texas Super Lawyers List
07.01.09|Gruber, Hurst and Shank named to D Magazine's Best Business Lawyers in Dallas 2009
05.11.09|Three Partners Named Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas 2009 by D Magazine
09.17.08|Four GHJH partners named Texas Super Lawyer 2008 (PDF)
05.22.08|Mike Gruber and Michael Hurst named to D Magazine's "2008 Best Lawyers in Dallas" (PDF)
09.19.07|Four GHJH partners named Texas Super Lawyer 2007 (PDF)
04.19.07|Mike Gruber named to D Magazine’s "2007 Best Lawyers in Dallas"
01.03.06|Four Partners from Established Litigation Firms Form High-End Trial Boutique





Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, J.D., 1981
Southern Methodist University, B.S., 1978

Admitted to Practice

State Bar of Texas, 1981
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Claims Court
Court of Indian Appeals

Years in Practice



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