ROBERT C. HILLIARD
Education & Career
Born and raised in Newton, Texas, Mr. Hilliard was the youngest of three children. His father, Delmar Shelley Hilliard, was an Air Force A-1 Skyraider fighter pilot who flew 175 missions in Vietnam and later became the Newton County attorney for 25 years. His mother, Bobbye Clifton Hilliard, was an artist, newspaper reporter, homemaker, and office manager for her husband’s law office.
Mr. Hilliard attended St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, on a tennis scholarship and graduated in 1980 summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. A four-year letterman in tennis, he won numerous awards and championships, including the Athlete of the Year (1979-1980) and was inducted into the St. Edward’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
He then attended St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, where he served as the associate editor of the St. Mary’s Law Journal. Upon receiving his Juris Doctorate (JD) degree in 1983, Mr. Hilliard began his legal career at the Law Offices of Guy Allison in Corpus Christi. In 1985, Hilliard founded The Law Offices of Robert C. Hilliard. Jacobo Muñoz became partner shortly thereafter, and the firm became Hilliard Muñoz until 2010, when Rudy Gonzales joined. The law firm then became Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales, LLP, based in Corpus Christi, Texas.
In 2012, Mr. Hilliard and his lifelong best friend, college roommate, and teammate Steve Shadowen, decided they wanted to finally fulfill the dream that begin in the 1970s. While attending St. Edward’s University, they would talk about practicing law together and starting a firm that would make a difference: focusing on civil rights litigation and social justice. Hilliard & Shadowen LLP in Austin, Texas, has become one of the nation’s premier anti-trust boutique lawfirms. In 2017, the firm Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP became Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP when founding partner Jacobo Muñoz retired, and Honorable John B. Martinez became a managing partner.
The point of law is not to pad the pockets, but to create a lasting system of justice that helps other human beings. That’s what we’re doing here.