Robert Vining

Partner / Houston

P: 713.588.0446

If you’re looking for a levelheaded, steady hand at the helm of your case, Robert Vining is the lawyer you need. His calm demeanor and attention to detail have been hallmarks of a prolific law career, including being first and second chair for jury and bench trials, arguing and briefing appeals, and motions before federal and state courts throughout Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

He has conducted numerous depositions, including those of plaintiffs, fact witnesses, corporate representatives, physicians, and experts. Robert has also negotiated and drafted master service agreements, drilling contracts, construction contracts, access agreements, leases, and rental agreements as well as articles of incorporation, operating agreements, and other business-related documentation. He has also served as a panel member for CLEs and maritime presentations.

Robert’s stoic persona belies a passionate and intense drive to achieve the best result for his client. When he needs to take the gloves off, he will. He once had a client describe his cross-examination as “listening to a pit bull tear into” the witness. With Robert, you know you’re getting the best of both worlds: a solid detail-oriented attorney but with the intensity to use his vast skill and experience to succeed.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Regulatory Compliance and Transactions (M&A)
  • Admiralty and General Maritime Law
  • Jones Act
  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Environmental Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Oil and Gas
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Toxic Torts


  • J.D., University of Mississippi
  • MBA, University of Mississippi
  • B.B.A., University of Mississippi

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Louisiana State Bar
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi

Honors and Distinctions

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States