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May 18, 2006

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or
Law Partners Program: Chris Marcin, UT Law Alumni Association, (512) 232-7597 or

Robert C. Grable, ’71, Named Silver Law Partner

Robert C. Grable
Robert C. Grable

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas School of Law announced Thursday that Robert C. Grable is a new Silver Partner in the School's Law Partners program.

Grable, a 1971 UT Law graduate, is a partner of Kelly, Hart & Hallman, LLP, in Fort Worth. He is also vice president of the UT Law School Foundation Board of Trustees and will be the next Foundation president.

The Law Partners program is a highly important stewardship program at UT Law. The funds are currently being dedicated to assist the School in its efforts to recruit and retain top-notch faculty members. As a Silver Law Partner, Grable has pledged an annual gift of $10,000 a year for 10 years.

“We are honored by Bob Grable’s commitment to our law school in making this substantial gift,” said Interim Dean Steven Goode. “He has shown his dedication to the law school through his service as a Trustee of the Law School Foundation and through many other acts of generosity. We are truly thankful for his wisdom, friendship, and support.”

"The Law School changed my life and opened doors I did not know existed,” Grable said. “I enjoyed life as a student, as a practicing lawyer, and I now have the privilege of working with the Law School Foundation, the Dean and his staff. I am pleased to be able to contribute to the continued vitality of the Law School in any way I am able," he said.

Grable is one of seven founding members of the law firm of Kelly, Hart & Hallman, which was established in 1979 in Fort Worth. He heads the energy practice group and is board certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In 1991 and 1992, Grable served as Chairman of the Oil, Gas and Mineral Law section of the State Bar of Texas.

Grable’s practice consists largely, but not exclusively, of representing clients in litigation and administrative hearings involving various facets of the oil and gas industry. He has represented independent producers, major oil companies, pipelines, and royalty owners in a wide variety of litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and before state and federal administrative agencies. He is counsel of record in over thirty appellate decisions, including five significant oil and gas opinions of the Texas Supreme Court, in all of which he represented the prevailing party.

Although Grable's practice has principally involved legal matters arising in domestic onshore activities, he has also represented clients in certain aspects of international oil and gas operations.

Grable was born in San Antonio and raised in Dallas. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University, and he graduated with high honors in 1971 from The University of Texas School of Law. He served as associate editor of the Texas Law Review, and is a member of the Order of the Coif and Chancellors. He was grand chancellor of his class. From 1972 through 1974, he saw active duty as a Lieutenant, JAGC, in the U.S. Navy.

In addition to his appointment as trustee of the Law School Foundation, Grable is a member of the McDonald Observatory and Astronomy Board of Visitors at UT-Austin, and the Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee. Since 1985, he has served as a member of the board and occasionally as an officer for the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, now Texas Ballet Theater, where he was chairman of the board in 2002-2003. He has also served as an advisory director to JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Fort Worth since 1988.

Grable has been listed in the prestigious “Best Lawyers in America” since 1995. He is a frequent speaker on issues in oil, gas and mineral law, and has authored a number of papers in the field. He and his wife, Marty, reside in Fort Worth, where they are active in their church and a number of social organizations. They have two grown children.

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