Harvard Law School, J.D.
Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Business Administration
500 Leading Lawyers in the World
U.S. Government Affairs & Public Policy Lawyer of the Year
U.S. Government Lawyer of the Year
National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
American Association of Political Consultants Top 40 Under 40
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District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
Chris Gober is a trusted legal adviser for the most consequential matters in American politics:
Campaigns, PACs, and nonprofits, including dozens of U.S. Senate, U.S. House, U.S., and gubernatorial races across the country. Chris currently represents more Republican U.S. Senators than any other attorney or firm in the United States.
Constitutional and political litigation, including a victorious First Amendment lawsuit that struck down Texas’s “Super PAC” ban, obtaining a settlement from the federal government after the IRS unlawfully targeted a conservative nonprofit organization and leaked confidential taxpayer information, a victorious First Amendment lawsuit striking down a Missouri law requiring PACs to be formed no later than 30 days before an election, the hotly contested Texas redistricting litigation, and the successful defense of conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro in a high-profile defamation suit brought by the father of the former Irving, Texas student known as “Clock Boy.”
Government investigations and enforcement actions, including the successful representation of a high-profile U.S. Senator in a multiyear investigatory inquiry by the U.S. Department of Justice, the successful clearing of a U.S. Representative before the House Ethics Committee (in a unanimous vote) after the Office of Congressional Ethics had unanimously found substantial reason to believe that the official had violated conflict-of-interest laws, and dozens of Federal Election Commission and state-agency enforcement actions.
Recognizing his breadth of knowledge, ability to “get to yes,” and the unique skills he acquired as a former campaign tactician, more and more multi-billion dollar companies and high-profile clients are relying on Chris to navigate them through legal and strategic minefields when the stakes are high. Now based in his home state of Texas, Chris maintains a national political law and election law practice representing clients in more than 30 states.
Chris has been honored as the “U.S. Government Lawyer of the Year” by Lawyer Monthly and various other publications in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, as well as “U.S. Government Affairs and Public Policy Lawyer of the Year.” He has received numerous “under 40” acclaims, including being named to The National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40” list, receiving the American Association of Political Consultants’ prestigious “40 Under 40” award, and being selected an Austin Under 40 nominee. Chris is consistently recognized as a “Super Lawyer” for Legislative and Governmental Affairs by Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly magazines, and he was featured in Texas Lawyer’s “Legal Leaders on the Rise” edition spotlighting 25 up-and-comers in the Texas legal community. Chris was also one of two attorneys in the country selected by Aristotle Inc. to the 2011 Republican Dream for his work on behalf of Republican political clients. Chris was appointed and confirmed as General Counsel for the Republican Party of Texas in 2017, and he served in that role for two years.
Prior to founding The Gober Group (and predecessor firm Gober Hilgers), Chris worked for a leading international law firm and served as head of that firm’s Political Law section. His practice included white collar defense representing both political and non-political clients. Chris previously served as General Counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and provided counsel to Republican U.S. Senators and was responsible for all legal operations of the committee. He also worked as Deputy Counsel to the Republican National Committee and as Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on national security issues and the confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In addition to his legal experience, Chris served as a political operative for President George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns and as general consultant to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 2012 election cycle. He has been a featured speaker for political and civic organizations, and he regularly appears on Fox News and other national news outlets as a legal and political commentator. In 2020, Chris launched The unPundit Podcast, a weekly show focused on politics, public policy, and constitutional issues without the unnecessary noise and punditry that has become standard issue in today’s news programs.
Chris has volunteered his time to many charitable and political organizations. He has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children, helping these children find safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. In 2010, he was elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation, which is limited to the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys each year, and later recognized as a Life Fellow. Chris also served on the Board of Directors of A Hand Up, a charitable organization that assists women and children in need as well as the mentally and physically disabled. He is an active member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global business network of leading entrepreneurs and business owners in 46 countries, and has twice served on EO Austin’s Board of Directors and chaired organization’s Accelerator and Community programs. In 2017, Chris was appointed and confirmed as General Counsel for the Republican Party of Texas, and he in-kinded more than $150,000 in legal services to the Party role over two years. Chris now serves on the Board of Directors and as Secretary of Texas A&M University’s political action committee.
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