Chris Gober represents more than 100 active clients—including U.S. Senators, Representatives, and multibillion-dollar companies—in litigation, federal investigations, and political compliance matters. Chris was honored as the “U.S. Government Lawyer of the Year” by Lawyer Monthly in 2013 and 2014. He was recently named a “Super Lawyer” for Legislative and Governmental Affairs, and he was previously recognized in 2012, 2013, and 2014 as a “Texas Rising Star” in Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly magazines as one of the state’s top young attorneys. He has been named to The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 list, was featured in Texas Lawyer’s “Legal Leaders on the Rise” edition spotlighting 25 up-and-comers in the Texas legal community, and was one of two attorneys in the country selected by Aristotle Inc. to the 2011 Republican Dream for his work on behalf of Republican political clients.
From 2012-13, Chris successfully represented a Texas-based PAC “Texans for Free Enterprise” in a First Amendment lawsuit against the Texas Ethics Commission that permanently struck down Texas Election Code provisions that prohibited so-called “super PACs” from influencing state and local races in Texas. He represented the PAC before the trial court and also successfully briefed and argued the case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit after the State of Texas appealed the lower court’s decision. Chris also represented former Congressman Quico Canseco (TX-23) in Texas redistricting litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, and he submitted and argued on behalf of the Congressional map that was largely adopted by the three-judge panel as the interim map for the 2012 and 2014 elections.
Chris has represented dozens of U.S. Senate and House of Representatives candidates and officeholders, as well as state and local candidates for races ranging from City Council to Governor, and has established “super PACs” and 501(c)(4) advocacy organizations across the country. He regularly defends clients before federal, state, and local elections and ethics commissions and successfully represented former U.S. Senator John Ensign in a multiyear investigatory inquiry by the U.S. Department of Justice. Now based in his home state of Texas, Chris maintains a national practice that has represented clients in more than twenty-five states in the previous four years.
Prior to co-founding Gober Hilgers PLLC, Chris worked for a leading international law firm and served as head of the firm’s Political Law section. His practice included white collar defense representing both political and non-political clients. Chris previously served as General Counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and provided counsel to Republican U.S. Senators and was responsible for all legal operations of the committee. He also worked as Deputy Counsel to the Republican National Committee (RNC) and as Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on national security issues and the confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In addition to his legal experience, Chris served as a political operative for President George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns and as general consultant to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 2012 election cycle. He has been a featured speaker for political and civic organizations, and he has provided commentary for talk radio and various television stations and newspapers across the country. Chris was recently admitted to the Austin chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a global business network of leading entrepreneurs in 46 countries.
Chris and his wife, Dr. Mary Beth Gober, volunteer as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children, helping these children find safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. In 2010, he was elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation, which is limited to the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys each year. Chris also served on the Board of Directors of A Hand Up, a charitable organization that assists women and children in need as well as the mentally and physically disabled.
Chris is from Graham, a small Texas community 120 miles west of Dallas. He and Mary Beth have two daughters, Josie and Isla.