Robert Dubose



  • Harvard Law School
    J.D. cum laude, 1993

  • Rice University
    B.A. magna cum laude, Philosophy, 1990

Robert Dubose


713.523.0170 – phone

713.522.4553 – fax

Robert Dubose devotes his time to developing and passing on the craft of appellate practice. He is the editor and an author of the Texas Practitioner’s Guide to Civil Appeals, the author of a book on brief writing, and was a professor teaching appellate practice for over a decade at the University of Houston. In addition to handling appeals, Robert has more than 28 years of experience working with trial-court teams by preserving appellate complaints and formulating end-game legal strategy. Much of his work involves catastrophic accidents, insurance coverage, and business disputes. Robert’s passion for research, writing, and oral argument means that he is always striving to refine appellate advocacy skills to adapt to a changing world. Not only do his many students, readers and lecture attendees benefit from his appellate expertise, but so do those lucky enough to be his clients.

+Court Admissions

Texas State Bar

United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits

All United States District Courts in Texas

+Honors and Distinctions

Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Listed in Chambers Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019-2023

Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a national by-invitation-only organization

The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Law, 2010-2024

Texas Super Lawyers, Appellate Law, 2008-2023

Chair, Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section, 2008-2009

+Published Works

Book editor and chapter author, TEXAS PRACTITIONER’S GUIDE TO CIVIL APPEALS, (Texas Lawyers Books 2019)


Chapter co-author, Texas chapter of APPELLATE PRACTICE COMPENDIUM (American Bar Association, 2012)

Article Author, More than Words Can Say: Using Visuals in Appellate Briefs in THE HOUSTON LAWYER, (September/October 2015)

Article author, Writing Appellate Briefs for Tablet Readers in APPELLATE ISSUES (American Bar Association, Council of Appellate Lawyers Spring 2012)

Article co-author, A National Strategy for Creating Favorable Precedent in the DRI magazine, FOR THE DEFENSE (2010)

+Speeches and Presentations

Legal Writing for the Rewired Brain – more than 100 presentations to judicial and attorney conferences across the United States 2008-2019

How and When to Preserve Error – DRI Business Litigation Seminar 2018

Briefing Visually – Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference 2015; UT Conference on State And Federal Appeals 2016; Houston Bar Association Appellate Section 2018

Appellate Support for the Litigator – State Bar of Texas Advanced Evidence and Discovery 2017

Jury Charge and Error Preservation – State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course 2016

Brief Writing – State Bar of Texas Appellate Practice Course 2006, 2010; State Bar Criminal Law Conference 2014, 2017

Creating Effective E-filed Pleadings – State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course 2016

Can I Cite Wikipedia? (Joint Presentation with Judge Richard Posner) – American Academy of Appellate Lawyers 2014

Legal Writing: Tools for Organization and Emphasis – State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course 2006

+Classes and Seminars Taught

Adjunct Professor, Appellate Advocacy, University of Houston Law School, 1997-2011 Chair, Houston

+Professional Memberships

Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section DRI