Gavin R. Villareal

Department Chair - Litigation (Austin) Partner

Gavin Villareal


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“Gavin is an excellent and responsive attorney. He's not only an expert on the law, but he goes above and beyond in his representation of us. He has a strong sense of the political and practical impacts of the proceedings too.” One client says: “He's very well known in the courts throughout Texas, has lots of relationships with regulators and gets good results in civil and regulatory matters.”

Chambers USA 2022

Gavin Villareal is the Partner in Charge of the Austin office and the Austin office Litigation Department Chair. He represents clients in a wide variety of complex business-related disputes in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including in complex multidistrict litigation matters, as well as before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). Recognized by Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation (2021-2024), he has significant first-chair experience litigating claims alleging professional negligence, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and financial services fraud, as well as claims involving state and federal constitutional and statutory issues.

Mr. Villareal won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory as lead counsel in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media, 139 S. Ct. 2356 (2019). The case overturned almost half a century of precedent interpreting Exemption 4 to the Freedom of Information Act. Commentators described the case as "one of the most important business-related cases on the Supreme Court's docket" in the 2018-19 term.

Mr. Villareal has held leadership positions in numerous professional and community organizations. He is past chair of the ABA's Professional Liability Litigation Committee for the ABA's Section of Litigation. He is an Elected Member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and he has held leadership roles with the Austin Bar Foundation, the Austin Bar Association, 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 currently serves on the board of Austin PBS and the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation, and is a member of the Dell Seton Community Leadership Council for Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

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