Education and Honors

  • J.D. (with honors), The University of Texas School of Law, 1998
    Associate Editor, Texas Law Review
  • A.B. (cum laude), English and American literature, Harvard University, 1990
  • Recognized as a Texas Rising Star, 2007-2009

    Recipient of the Spirit of Community Award from the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students’ Association of The University of Texas School of Law, 2008

Admissions and Affiliations

State Bar of Texas; Texas Minority Attorney Program, Planning Committee, 2006

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

United States Supreme Court

All Saints’ Day School, Board of Trustees, 2006-2010; Vice President, 2007-2008

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation Committee; Editorial Board, Professional Liability Litigation Newsletter, 2007-2009; Co-Chair, Programming Subcommittee, 2009-2011; Committee Co-Chair, 2011-2014

Austin Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2007-2008

Austin Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2011-2014

Austin Young Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2004-2005; Co-Chair, CLE and Professional Development Programs, 2004-2006; HBAA Liaison, 2005-2006; Outstanding Committee Chair, 2005-2006

Harvard Club of Austin, President-Elect, 1994-1995; President, 1995-1996

HBAA Charitable Foundation, Board of Directors, 2004-2008

Hispanic Bar Association of Austin, Treasurer, 2004-2005; President-Elect, 2005-2006; President, 2006-2007; Co-Chair, Hispanic Heritage Luncheon, 2005

Hispanic National Bar Association

Mexican American Bar Association of Texas, Board of Directors, 2006-2007

Mexic-Arte Museum, Board of Directors, 2008-2011; Secretary, 2009-2011

National Association of Law Placement, Minority Recruitment Task Force, Member, 2008 

Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court, Student Member, 1997-1998; Associate Member, 2003-2005

Texas Environmental Excellence Awards, Governor’s Blue Ribbon Selection Committee, Member, 2003

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, Board of Directors, 2003-2014; Treasurer, 2006, 2010; President-Elect, 2007; President, 2008

Gavin R. Villareal


98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Suite 1500
Austin, Texas 78701-4078
United States


Complex business litigation and state and federal appellate work, with an emphasis on professional liability


Gavin Villareal represents clients in a wide variety of complex business-related disputes in state and federal court, with an emphasis on professional liability litigation. He also represents clients before the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He is immediate past chair of the ABA’s Professional Liability Litigation Committee for the ABA’s Section of Litigation.

Before law school, Mr. Villareal worked for five years at the Texas General Land Office as special assistant to Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro. During law school, he served as an intern to Justice Rose Spector of the Supreme Court of Texas.

Mr. Villareal has held leadership positions in numerous professional and community organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Austin Bar Association, the Austin Bar Foundation, the Austin Young Lawyers Association, the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin, the HBAA Charitable Foundation, the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, the Mexic-Arte Museum and the Harvard Club of Austin. He serves as a member of the firmwide diversity committee.

Representative Engagements

  • Big Four accounting firm – complex, multiforum litigation relating to audit services performed for an international investment company, a matter that involved a state court class action lawsuit, multiple interlocutory state court appeals, an adversary proceeding in U.S. Bankruptcy Court and a suit in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands
  • Big Four accounting firm – arbitration involving audit and consulting services performed for a regional healthcare organization
  • Big Four accounting firm – arbitration involving audit services performed for an office products wholesaler
  • Big Four accounting firm – lawsuit and subsequent appeal involving defamation claims arising from a consulting engagement for a municipal entity
  • Big Four accounting firm – representation in matters before the PCAOB and SEC
  • International law firm – lawsuit involving claims arising from a putative collateralized loan obligation transaction
  • National law firm – matter involving alleged unauthorized practice of law in Texas
  • National prepaid debit card provider – multiple lawsuits alleging breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets and business processes
  • National financial services advisory firm – lawsuit arising from disqualification under a municipal ordinance
  • Major semiconductor manufacturer – numerous contractor and premises liability lawsuits
  • International semiconductor research consortium – lawsuit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and business disparagement
  • Fifth Circuit appeal involving the reliability of medical expert testimony in a medical malpractice lawsuit
  • Supreme Court of Texas appeal involving supervision and control issues in the context of a contractor personal injury lawsuit
  • Supreme Court of Texas appeal involving allegedly improper judicial remarks in the context of an employment discrimination lawsuit
  • Numerous pro bono representations of indigent clients in family law cases through Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas

Publications, Speeches and Presentations


  • “Five Tips for Choosing the Right Accounting Expert,” Texas Lawyer, August 2014
  • “Five Lessons Learned in the Jury Pool,” Texas Lawyer, March 2014
  • “SOX Shields Auditor Responses but Not Underlying Documents,” American Bar Association Professional Liability Litigation Committee website, October 2012
  • “New York Court Rejects Nonpecuniary Damages for Legal Malpractice,” American Bar Association Professional Liability Litigation Committee website, June 2012
  • “Recent Case Law Developments in Lawyer Professional Liability,” American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, September 2011 (with Edward S. Cheng and Carey L. Menasco)

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Legal Malpractice Case Law Update,” American Bar Association Fall 2011 National Legal Malpractice Conference, San Francisco, September 2011
  • “Law as a Career: Preparing the Way,” The Color of Justice Program, The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, November 2006
  • “Issues in Accountant Liability Litigation Arising From Business Failures,” Commercial Litigation Seminar, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Dallas, October 2006 (with Rod Phelan)