Member Profile - Robert Eckels
Practice Area 1
Practice Area 2
Practice Area 3
Judge Robert Eckels' legal practice at Gray Reed & McCraw, PC is built on a decades-long career in public service and leadership of the nation's third largest county. Robert is recognized as a national leader in issues of transportation, public finance/public private partnerships, homeland security, the environment and health care. He was the founding chairman of the Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation, a coalition of local governments, educational institutions and the private sector working to bring high-speed rail to Texas. Robert left that organization in December of 2010 to accept a position as President of Texas Central Railway, LLC, (www.texascentral.com) a private enterprise seeking to build a high-speed rail system linking Houston with Dallas/Fort Worth. As County Judge of Harris County, Robert partnered with TxDoT and local jurisdictions to build the Houston Transtar Transportation and Emergency Operations Center, a global model of interagency partnerships for transportation operations and sustained training and planning for homeland security and disaster mitigation, response and recovery. Judge Eckels received international recognition when Harris County responded to Hurricane Katrina and the floods, wind and storm surge that led to massive destruction and loss of life in New Orleans and the US Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Alabama. The Harris County Astrodome and Reliant Park became the largest shelter operation in US history as over 250,000 residents of storm ravaged areas fled to the Houston region. Judge Eckels was first elected as a state representative in his 20's, served six terms before being elected county judge - a role with executive, legislative and judicial functions for Harris County, which is home to nearly 4 million residents. He is a graduate of the University of Houston and South Texas College of Law. Robert and his wife 'Jet' make their home in Houston. His daughter, Kirby, is a student at Barnard College at Columbia University.
Disclaimer: Content contained or made available through this web site is not intended to and does not constitute legal advice and no attorney-client relationship is formed, nor is anything submitted to any party through this web site treated as confidential. The accuracy, completeness and adequacy of information on this web site is not warranted or guaranteed. Biographic information on this web site is provided by the listees, and the RNLA does not review or confirm its accuracy. Determination of a need for legal services and selection of a lawyer should never be based only on review of biographic materials. The listing of "practice areas" by members on this web site does not mean either that the member is an expert in that area, or that any organization has certified the member as being a specialist or competent in that area. No representation is made that the quality of legal services performed by members is greater than the quality of other lawyers. Neither RNLA nor its officers or employees assume any liability, whether arising from contract, negligence, or otherwise.