Iris Gibson

Practices

Industries

Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 2002, with high honors; Order of the Coif; Texas Law Review

B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1997, with high honors

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2002

Court Admissions

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Profile

As a counsel in the Business Litigation Practice Group, Iris Gibson focuses her practice on writing and on effectively telling her clients' stories. At the pretrial level, Ms. Gibson authors summary judgment and other dispositive motions, which help her clients resolve their cases at the earliest possible stage. At the trial phase, Ms. Gibson effectively presents her clients' positions and defenses in complex commercial disputes involving claims such as fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, and negligence. Ms. Gibson concentrates on commercial and franchise-related litigation.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Gibson was a litigation consultant, providing financial, economic, and damage analysis for business disputes.

Ms. Gibson's passion for telling her clients' stories extends to those without access to the legal system. Her enthusiasm for pro bono work earned Ms. Gibson the 2010 J. Chrys Dougherty Award for exemplary dedication and commitment to the principle of access to justice for all people regardless of income.

Publications

  • "Annual Review of Litigation, Chapter 3: Appellate Practice," contributor, with Kendyl Hanks and Mark Trachtenberg, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, April 2011.

Franchise and Distribution

Franchise

Haynes and Boone Scores Victory for Benihana in Franchise Termination Lawsuit

Haynes and Boone, LLP successfully defended Benihana National Corporation, the nation’s leading operator of Japanese theme and sushi restaurants, in a lawsuit against claims of breach of franchise agreements in Austin and San Antonio.

Selected Client Representations

  • Conducting depositions of numerous plaintiffs as defense counsel for international franchisor facing tort claims brought by nationwide group of plaintiffs.
  • Obtaining summary judgment for equipment dealer in dispute with equipment rental company regarding allegedly defective trucks.
  • Representing national franchisors in disputes involving Lanham Act violations, breach of franchise agreements, tortious interference, and lost profits.
  • Obtaining summary judgment and declaratory relief in favor of franchisor regarding interpretation of covenant not to compete.
  • Representing national franchisor in successfully enforcing forum selection clauses.
  • Donating more than 500 pro bono hours, representing needy clients in family law cases, including those involving domestic violence, consumer matters, and social security disability cases.
  • Prosecuting code violations and misdemeanors for the City of Houston Municipal Courts as a volunteer prosecutor.

Professional and Community Activities

  • 2010 J. Chrys Dougherty Award for commitment to pro bono work
  • Pro Bono Attorney and Firm Coordinator, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
  • City of Houston Municipal Courts Prosecutor (2007)
  • Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court, Associate Member (2004-2006)
  • Member, ABA Forum on Franchising
  • Travis County Bar Association
  • Travis County Women Lawyers' Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association

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