Hilliard Martinez Gonzales L.L.P.

Hilliard Martinez Gonzales L.L.P.

Justice does not fight for itself. It demands the strength and commitment and power of strong advocates to protect the unprotected. HMG's full trial team always stands in front of our client.

Firm Overview

Mission Statement
Justice does not fight for itself. It demands the strength and commitment and power of strong advocates to protect the unprotected. HMG's full trial team always stands in front of our client. To shield them from the harassment and harm of those who have done wrong and whom we pursue. To speak for them to both the Judge and Jury. Relentless is our brand. Tireless is our reputation.

By standing strong and prepared on behalf of our client, we bring our own unique humanity to each case. An HMG lawyer is a thoughtful, powerful warrior and a person whose full life has meaning and substance. By understanding our own story we develop the power and persuasion to tell our client's story. By giving to our client the full essence of who we are, as human beings and as lawyers, we assure them the most complete and powerful protector of their rights: The Trial Lawyer.

The Firm
Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP has been successfully representing clients in the United States and Mexico since 1986. Our experienced, tenacious legal team has earned a national and international reputation for taking on large, powerful, wealthy companies and bringing them to justice for causing personal injury or wrongful death. Our reputation is so well known that often a corporation will agree to a fair settlement rather than go to court against us.

If you or a loved one have been harmed by negligence, unsafe/defective products or a car or truck crash with a company vehicle, we can help you fight for rightful compensation. We will focus on you and your story, explaining your experience to the jury in a way that makes it clear to them what you have suffered and how the responsible party wronged you. We will apply this simple, powerful approach when advocating for you.

HMG is equally as experienced and successful with commercial and contract cases involving unfair business practices, including major class action lawsuits against national and international corporations.

Main Office

Main Office
719 South Shoreline
Christi TX 78401

Phone

(361) 882-1612

Fax

(361) 882-3015

Fees

Office Information

Other Offices

HMG Chicago
444 W Lake St.
Chicago

Personal Injury

Our savvy personal injury lawyers can help you seek compensation for physical injuries, mental distress, or property damage caused by a company's irresponsible conduct.

PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
Recovering your health and obtaining fair compensation for injuries you have sustained is your primary concern and it's ours as well. Using our experience and extensive resources on your behalf, we focus on achieving the highest possible monetary recovery for you.

CATASTROPHIC INJURY
We understand the full impact catastrophic injuries have on the lives of our clients. Our legal team has helped victims and their families dealing with:

traumatic brain injuries
spinal cord injuries (paraplegia/quadriplegia)
closed-head injuries
amputations
burns and disfigurement
We will evaluate losses and prove damages - medical, financial, vocational and quality of life - and develop a strong claim for present and future costs. Often, our reputation precedes us, so insurance companies are willing to negotiate reasonable settlement terms rather than go to trial.

THE COSTS
A serious injury not only causes physical harm, but can also drain your bank account. Recovery from personal injury generates shockingly high financial burdens for:

medical treatment
physical rehabilitation
lost income
damage to your car or other property
inability to perform activities of normal daily living, temporarily or permanently
significant pain and suffering, which may be ongoing

THE COMPENSATION
The law permits you to seek recovery after an accident to "make you whole again" - to be compensated in a manner that places you back in the position you were before the accident. Depending on your case, you may seek monetary compensation for:

loss of income while injured
loss of future earning capacity due to permanent injury
cost of medical expenses, current and future
property damage
pain and suffering
mental anguish/emotional distress
loss of consortium (loss of love or companionship due to the injury)
lost opportunity

CALL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
At HMG, we have been helping victims of personal injury since 1986. We know how to fight for you. Call us for a free initial consultation. If we take your case, we will work on a Contingent Fee basis, which means you don't pay us unless we win.

Wrongful Death

The death of a loved one is devastating, but even more so when their death was caused by the carelessness or wrongful act of another.

WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYERS
When you are dealing with the death of a family member, you are grieving and distracted - you need help to know what to do.

We are here for you with years of experience in seeking justice in wrongful death cases. The purpose of a wrongful death suit is to provide relief to family members who have been injured emotionally and financially by their loved one's death. We bring suit to recover damages for the injuries that you have suffered due to the death of the victim.

Damages in wrongful death cases are for losses you suffer as a survivor of the deceased. Some losses are measurable - a widow could seek to recover the financial support she would have received had her spouse lived. Other damages are less tangible. Recoverable damages can include:

direct expenses: medical bills and funeral costs
loss of benefits: income the person could have received in pension/retirement benefits had he or she lived
loss of future earnings: income the deceased would have earned if he or she had lived
loss of companionship: the emotional support (love, care, comfort, protection, etc.) that the deceased would have provided to a relationship and the mental pain and suffering resulting from the person's death
punitive damages: amount the party responsible for the death should pay as punishment
Calculating the monetary value of damages is an extremely complex undertaking, best entrusted to a legal team with many years of experience trying wrongful death cases. HMG can provide that team.

In all matters involving wrongful death it is essential that we move promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident and file the lawsuit before the Statute of Limitations deadline. Please don't delay contacting us.

If your family has suffered the wrongful death of a loved one, please call now or submit our simple online contact form. Your initial consultation is free. If we accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if we win your case - if we recover nothing, you owe us nothing.

Auto Accident

Our Texas team has litigated vehicle crash cases across the U.S. The corporations and insurance companies at fault know our reputation for getting our clients justice.

ATTORNEYS FOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
For more than 30 years, HMG has been helping seriously-injured victims of vehicle accidents obtain justice and compensation. We have negotiated significant settlements and won substantial jury verdicts in numerous cases involving:

Commercial Vehicle Wrecks
Automotive Defects
ATV and Golf Cart Accidents
Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents
Self Driving Vehicle Crashes
WE FIGHT FOR BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOMES
Our hard-won settlements and verdicts include:

$575 million settlement with General Motors for deaths and injuries caused by defective ignition switches.
$21.5 million verdict for an auto accident victim who suffered a back injury (net to client: $1,699,033.30 | expenses: $310,145.13 | attorney fees: $1,360,000.00). This was the largest U.S. verdict awarded in 2012 for a crash victim requiring back surgery - The National Law Journal
$14 million verdict, the single largest jury verdict ever obtained against Toyota, the world's largest automaker, for a sudden acceleration defect.

A FEW SECONDS CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
An auto accident can change your life in an instant. If your accident was caused by a company driver, a big rig or an auto manufacturer's defective design or materials, the company must be held responsible for the harm caused. We can help.

TELL US WHAT HAPPENED
Please call for a free initial consultation. If we take your case, we will work on a Contingent Fee basis, which means you don't pay us unless we win.

John Martinez

Hilliard Martinez Gonzales L.L.P.

Former Nueces County Court At-Law No. 3 Judge John B. Martinez joined Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP in 2011. Mr. Martinez spent nearly five years on the bench where he presided over criminal misdemeanor cases, probate matters, mental competency hearings and civil cases. Mr. Martinez was also the presiding administrative judge for Nueces County Courts At-Law.

Prior to becoming a judge, Mr. Martinez was an attorney at the Law Offices of Doug Allison from 2003-2006 where he primarily worked on cases involving defective products, toxic torts, personal injury and commercial litigation. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Martinez worked for the law firm of Chaves, Gonzales & Hoblit LLP.

Mr. Martinez started his legal career in Corpus Christi with the Kleberg Law Firm specializing in admiralty and maritime law, insurance defense, general commercial litigation and general civil litigation. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice in all state courts and federal courts in the Southern District of Texas. Mr. Martinez is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, an honor bestowed to only a select few attorneys in Texas. He is also a member of Mensa as well as a former member of the College of the State Bar and Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Association.

Mr. Martinez received his law degree from Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas and his undergraduate degree in political science from Texas A&M University in College Station.

Robert Hilliard

Hilliard Martinez Gonzales L.L.P.

Attorney Robert Hilliard has been practicing law in the state of Texas for over 35 years, gaining national recognition for his work on many high-profile cases. With his partners, he established Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP in 1985, which became Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP in 2017.

Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP represents clients in mass torts, personal injury, product liability, commercial and business litigation and wrongful death matters.

For 40 years Bob Hilliard has taken on Big Pharma in the courtroom. He obtained the first multi-million dollar verdict in the Bendectin litigation against drug manufacturer Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals for injuries caused by the morning sickness drug. At the conclusion of trial, the jury found in favor of Mr. Hilliard’s client, awarding a verdict of 33.75 million, including 30 million in punitive damages.

In 2013, Mr. Hilliard was the lead trial attorney for 15 patients killed or injured during Bristol-Myers Squibb’s testing of an experimental drug for Hepatitis C. Mr. Hilliard led all filings, pre-trial matters, negotiations and as reported in the Wall Street Journal, successfully settled the cases for $80 million.

That same year Mr. Hilliard was Lead Counsel in the pharmaceutical product liability case, In re: Risperdal Litigation, against Johnson & Johnson. He tried two cases before juries in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas that both settled during trial. Mr. Hilliard led the negotiations and successfully settled over 1,500 cases for a confidential amount after Mr. Hilliard took the deposition of Johnson & Johnson’s C.E.O., Alex Gorsky.

RUDY GONZALES, JR

Hilliard Martinez Gonzales L.L.P.

Rudy Gonzales, Jr. is an experienced trial lawyer — he's taken more than fifty trials to a jury verdict and has amassed substantial jury awards and settlements for plaintiffs and their families. Mr. Gonzales is board-certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is licensed to practice law in the state courts of Texas, the United States District Courts in the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas, United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Gonzales joined Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP as a partner in 2010. Prior to joining HMG, he was the founding partner of a large defense law firm with nationally recognized litigation clients. Mr. Gonzales is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Corpus Christi Bar Association (Vice President 1990, President 1992) and Nueces County Young Lawyers Association (Director 1982-83, President 1985). He has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2006.

In 2014, Mr. Gonzales was accepted into the American Board of Trial Advocates ("ABOTA"). ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial.

Mr. Gonzales attended the University of Texas Austin for his undergraduate studies and received his Bachelor of Arts in 1975 before accepting a commission as an officer in the United States Navy. Following his Naval career, Mr. Gonzales attended the University of Texas School of Law and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1981. While at UT School of Law, he excelled as a member of the Board of Advocates and winner of a prestigious mock trial competition.

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