Chris Gober

Education:
Harvard Law School, J.D.
Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Business Administration

Awards:
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
Super Lawyer

* Partial List: See more at gobergroup.com/trophy-case

Bar Admissions:
Texas
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
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Contact:
Office: Austin; Washington, D.C.
Phone: 512-354-1783
Email: [email protected]
LinkedIn profile

Chris Gober is a trusted legal adviser for the most consequential matters in American politics. His national practice is focused on constitutional and political litigation, government investigations and enforcement actions, and providing strategic advice and guidance to elected officials, candidates, political committees, corporations, trade associations, nonprofits, and donors on all aspects of their participation in the political process.

Chris’s representative work includes:

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 from nearly all 50 states.

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.

Chris has also volunteered his time to many political organizations. He was elected to the Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association in December 2020, and he currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Texas A&M University’s political action committee. In 2017, Chris was appointed and served as General Counsel to the Republican Party of Texas, volunteering more than $150,000 in legal services to the Party during his two-year tenure.

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 nonprofit 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.

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