Resident inducted into trial lawyers fellowship

Laguna resident Robert "Hoot" J. Gibson, a partner in Snell & Wilmer's Orange County office, has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, according to a news release.

Gibson was inducted as a fellow before an audience of 700 attendees at the college's 2011 spring meeting in San Antonio.

Fellowship is extended by invitation only to trial lawyers who have a minimum of 15 years of trial experience, have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality, according to the release.

"I am humbled to have been invited to join this distinguished group of trial lawyers," Gibson said. "I have been fortunate to have been given the opportunity to represent our clients in major trials throughout my career. Without our clients I would not have received this distinction and feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have served them in the courtroom."

Gibson's practice is concentrated in product liability, commercial and environmental litigation, according to the release. He represents manufacturers in product liability litigation involving motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals, aircraft, and machinery.

In the beginning of his legal career, Gibson served as a law clerk to Justice Frank X. Gordon in the Supreme Court of Arizona. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army from 1966-71 where he was a recipient of the distinguished flying cross, bronze star and 25 air medals. Gibson is an alumnus of the University of Arizona College of Law.

Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing in nine locations throughout the western United States and Mexico, including Los Angeles and Orange County; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Denver; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Salt Lake City; and Los Cabos, Mexico. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit

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