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Attorney Rudy F. Gonzales, Jr. Honored by Texas Bar Foundation

Rudy. F. Gonzales, Jr. is a man with brown hair and brown eyes. He is wearing a dark suit with a maroon tie.

Mr. Rudy F. Gonzales, Jr. with Hilliard Law has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election into membership is a mark of distinction and recognition of Mr. Gonzales’ contributions to the legal profession.

Selection as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation is restricted to members of the State Bar of Texas. Each year one-third of one percent of Texas attorneys are invited to become Fellows. Once nominees are selected, they must be elected by the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Membership has grown from an initial 255 Charter Members in 1965 to more than 10,000 Fellows throughout Texas today.


Mr. Gonzales 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. He 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, the United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Gonzales joined Hilliard Law as a partner in 2010. Prior to joining Hilliard Law, 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.


The Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the country. Founded in 1965 by lawyers determined to assist the public and improve the profession of law, the Texas Bar Foundation has maintained its mission of using the financial contributions of its membership to build a strong justice system for all Texans. To date, the Texas Bar Foundation has distributed more than $24 million throughout Texas to assist nonprofit organizations with a wide range of justice-related programs and services. For more information, contact the Texas Bar Foundation at


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