Robert M. Campbell

Robert M. Campbell

Of Counsel
Waco, Texas

Judge Robert M. Campbell was a founding member of the firm. He retired and became of counsel to the firm in 2005. Judge Campbell's legal career spanned almost 40 years, during which he distinguished himself as a trial lawyer, judge, and innovator in the representation of plaintiffs in product liability cases. He represented clients in negligence and product cases before his judicial career and later developed successful strategies to obtain recoveries for claimants in breast implant, asbestos and other mass tort litigation.

Robert M. Campbell was elected as Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas in 1978, to fill the remaining two years of an unexpired term. In 1980, he was unopposed for re-election to his first full term and was re-elected to a second six-year term in 1986. In addition to discharging his duties on the Supreme Court, Justice Campbell served as Chairman of the Texas Judicial Budget Board, which prepared a unified budget for the entire judiciary of Texas.

During Judge Campbell's ten years on Texas' highest civil appellate court, he authored more than 150 opinions dealing with a wide range of topics, including the 1980 landmark opinion on venue in Lubbock Manufacturing Company v. Sames. He retired as Senior Justice of the Texas Supreme Court in January 1988.

Judge Campbell was born on March 1, 1935, in Waco, Texas. He attended undergraduate school at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, Arlington State University, Arlington, Texas, and Texas Wesleyan College, Ft. Worth, Texas, where he received a B.A. degree. He received his J.D. degree from Baylor University, Waco, Texas in 1964. He was named as Distinguished Alumni of Texas Wesleyan University in 1978 and Lawyer of the Year from Baylor Law School in 1979.

Before becoming a lawyer, Judge Campbell farmed, served two terms of active duty in the U. S. Army, and taught school. He now owns and operates one of the largest cattle ranching operations in McLennan County, Texas.

Judge Campbell began his legal career in 1964, engaging in trial and appellate practice for 14 years. During that period, he worked as co-counsel on the case which first established negligent design as a cause of action. Tiffany v. Pizza Inn was perhaps his most significant case as an attorney in private practice.

Areas of Practice

  • Products Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Personal Injury
  • Mass Tort

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1964


  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • J.D.
  • Texas Wesleyan College, Fort Worth, Texas
    • B.S.
    • Major: Social Science

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Alumni, TWC, 1978
  • Lawyer of the Year, Baylor, 1979

Past Employment Positions

  • Supreme Court of Texas, Justice, 1978 - 1988
  • Private Practice, 1988 - 2000