Robert A. Rowland III

Rob Rowland practiced for over 20 years as a business/commercial litigator and arbitrator with top law firms.  He began his career with Vinson & Elkins, and later left that firm to become one of the early partners of Susman Godfrey, where he practiced as a senior partner for over seven years.  Mr. Rowland later served as Founding and Managing Partner of the Houston office of Johnson & Gibbs, which at the time was one of the largest law firms in Texas, as well as the largest in Dallas.  Later, he also served as a Senior Partner of the Houston based law firm of Hutcheson & Grundy.  Mr. Rowland maintains an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory, which is the highest rating given. 

Mr. Rowland was one of the early pioneers in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) field, and completed the Basic and Advanced Mediation Training Courses offered by the Attorney – Mediators Institute in Dallas in the early 90’s.  During the decade of the 1990’s, he conducted well in excess of 1000 mediations-spanning all types of civil litigation matters, and maintained a successful settlement ratio of 90-95%.  He also served on many commercial arbitration panels, both as a neutral and as an arbitrator selected by a party.  Today, Mr. Rowland continues his mediation and arbitrator practice, on a selective basis. 

Through his many years as a commercial litigator, Mr. Rowland conducted extensive investigative work on behalf of corporate clients, and now devotes a portion of his practice to the performance of Internal Corporate Investigations.   To assist in conducting investigations, Mr. Rowland has assembled a skilled team to bring in as necessary -- including former high-level transactional and litigation partners in major law firms, a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas and other highly respected former Department of Justice prosecutors, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) who is a specialist in forensic accounting, and a paralegal/specialist in document control and electronic discovery with a prior 15 year background as an FBI Agent, with other support associates and paralegals available as particular investigations require.


  • J.D., George Washington University, with honors, 1972

  • B.S., Texas A&M University, 1966


  • Law clerk for the Honorable John R. Brown, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit, 1972-1973


  • Texas, 1972


  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • Supreme Court of the State of Texas

  • U.S Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas


  • Member, Association of Attorney-Mediators, Houston and Dallas, Texas

  • Former Member, Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association (AAA) (Renewal Application Pending)

  • Completed basic and advanced training of Attorney-Mediators Institute, Dallas, Texas


·         Past Instructor, University of Houston and South Texas College of Law Continuing Education Programs

·         Past lecturer and participant in Continuing Legal Education programs for State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, and Houston Young Lawyers Association and AA White Dispute Resolution Institute

·         Co-author:  “The DTPA As An Offensive Weapon For Businesses,” The Houston Lawyer, December 1982;

·         Author and Presenter, “The Nineties Trend for Litigators and Mediators ... Strategies and Ethical Considerations for Personal Injury Mediation (including Impasse Breaking Techniques: Creative Bidding in the Negotiation; The Do's and Dont’s in Mediation; and More)”, A.A. White Dispute Resolution Institute Alternative Trial Notebook, November, 1992.

·         Author:  “Partnering Approach to Using Contract Attorneys to Reduce Litigation Costs,” The Litigation And Technology Management Report, March, 1996.

·         Co-Author: “The Practice of Law in Houston-Yesterday and Today. How the World has Changed,” The Houston Lawyer, January/February 1997.     

·         Co-Author: “Deriving the Maximum Benefit from your Legal Search Firm,” Law Governance Review, Summer 1997.

·         Author: “A Former Law Clerk’s Tribute to Judge John R. Brown,” South Texas Law Review, Vol. 34, No. 3, October, 1993.

·         Co-Author: “Bribes, Creative Accounting Don’t Cut it in International Business,” Houston Business Journal, March 7-13, 2008.


  • Member, American Bar Association, 1972-Present; Served previously as member of a number of sections.

  • Member, State Bar of Texas, 1972-Presnt; Served previously as member and/or chair of a number of committees.

  • Member, Houston Bar Association, 1972-Present; Served previously as member and/or chair of numerous committees, as well as, Director, Treasurer, Secretary, and Second Vice President.

  • Former Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association, 1972-1979; Served as member and/or chair of numerous committees as well as Treasurer, Vice President, President Elect and President.


  • Active as community volunteer over past thirty-five years in numerous non-profit, educational, political and social service organizations as board member, officer, member of executive committee and high or top leadership posts.

  • Current Precinct Chair and Election Judge; former candidate for public office, and chair of local political party finance committee for Houston/Harris County.


  • United States Army Officer Corps, 1967-69; served last year in rank of Captain in Chu Chi, Republic of Vietnam; awarded Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.


  • Biography included in Marquis Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

  • Married for 30 years, with two adult children.  Member, Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal):  Member, Coronado Club, River Oaks Country Club.


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