Ethan represents plaintiffs and defendants in business negotiations, trials, and appeals. His practice centers on complex commercial litigation, including business disputes, trade secrets, joint venture and partnership disputes (i.e., “business divorces”), oil and gas litigation, employment disputes, as well as copyright and artwork litigation.
Ethan has handled claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, tortious interference, trade secret misappropriation, appointment of a receiver, rescission, shareholder oppression, quantum meruit, unjust enrichment, promissory estoppel, housing discrimination, business defamation, bankruptcy, collection matters and wrongful termination.
University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 2010
- Magna Cum Laude
- Dean’s Scholarship
- Associate Editor, Houston Law Review
- University of Houston Mock Trial Team (National Champion, William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition; Regional Finalist, American Association for Justice
- Judicial Intern, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Chambers of the Honorable Gray H. Miller
- Research Assistant, Professor Seth Chandler
- Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers, and Order of the Barons
University of Central Missouri, B.A./B.A. Political Science and Spanish, 2007
- Summa Cum Laude
- Captain of UCM Mock Trial Team
- Senator for the Student Government Association
Admissions to Practice
- State of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
- Co-authored with Nick Brown, Dawn of an Era in Commercial Litigation: The New Regime of the Texas Citizens Participation Act, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section Report: The Advocate, Vol. 84 at 20 (2018)
- Co-authored with Nick Brown, The Long Reach of the Texas Citizens Participation Act, 80 Tex. B.J. 776 (2017)
- Co-authored with Tom Fulkerson, Alternative Fee Arrangements in Commercial Litigation, The Houston Lawyer (2015), read it here
- Co-authored with Tom Fulkerson, Temporary Restraining Orders and Temporary Injunctions in Trade Secret Cases: Trends and Common Practices, Texas Center for the Judiciary, In Chambers publication (2011), read it here
- Co-authored with Nick Brown, A Case Killer Lurks In The Texas Defamation Mitigation Act, Law360 (2017), read it here
- Co-authored with Nick Brown, Slapped and Sanctioned: The Heavy Hand of the Texas Citizens Participation Act, Houston Law Review: Off the Record (2017), read it here
- State Bar of Texas
- American Bar Association
- Houston Young Lawyers Association
- Texas Young Lawyers Association
- Houston Bar Foundation Fellowship
Ethan Gibson was born and raised just outside of Kansas City, Missouri. The son of a trial lawyer, Ethan grew up in the back pews of the local courthouse watching his father try cases.
After high school, Ethan embarked on a career in computer technology. By the time he was 20, Ethan was maintaining a large mainframe network for the University of Missouri and later taught network integration to I.T. specialists for large corporations across the country. These professionals were often resistant to change, and Ethan learned to employ many of the same persuasion techniques that he had seen in the courtroom to win over his audience. At 22, he became the general manager of an I.T. consulting company and was responsible for the supervision of over 25 employees.
Although successful in this career, Ethan knew that his true passion was the law, and so he began the life-long process of becoming a trial lawyer. As a trial lawyer this knowledge of computers and IT systems has been central to his ability to manage electronic discovery efficiently and find damaging documentation produced by the other side.