Jeff Gilbert

A native of Angleton, Texas in Brazoria County, Jeff Gilbert is a sixth generation Texan with deep roots in his community. Graduating from Angleton High School in 1978, Jeff attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he was involved in the leadership of many campus service and social organizations. Upon completion of his business degree in 1982, Jeff returned to Brazoria County to work for the First Freeport National Bank in Freeport, Texas. He later returned to Baylor where he enrolled in the graduate school of business obtaining his MBA while working as the night manager of the Baylor Student Union.

Upon graduation, Jeff began a career in banking and corporate investments before entering South Texas College of Law at the age of 27. While in law school, Jeff participated in many intramural moot court and mock trial competitions. Jeff, incidentally, tried and won his first jury trial while in law school serving as an intern with the Harris County District Attorney's office before receiving his law degree from South Texas College of Law in December 1989.

Jeff accepted a position in the Trial Bureau of the Harris County District Attorney's office in Houston, where he tried multiple jury and nonjury cases as juvenile, misdemeanor and felony prosecutor. In 1993, Jeff left the District Attorney's office to join a prestigious Houston-based civil litigation firm. Since that time, his practice has concentrated on litigation, including medical malpractice, pharmaceutical, and toxic tort litigation with firms in Houston, Angleton, and Dallas, Texas. In January 2006, Jeff began a Brazoria County-based practice and formed the Jeff Gilbert Law Office.

Jeff is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review by Martindale-Hubbell, demonstrating recognition by his peers that he has earned the highest rating available for his legal ability and professional ethics.

He is admitted to practice before all courts of the State of Texas and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Jeff remains a trial attorney. His practice is focused on representation of individuals facing problems in areas such as family law, guardianship (contested and uncontested), probate and probate litigation, criminal defense, civil litigation, and mediation. He also has an active general and family law mediation practice.

Jeff was honored to serve two terms (1996 through 1998) as a special judge of the Harris County Criminal Courts at Law. This appointment was made by the Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 15. Jeff presided over hundreds of case dispositions and numerous trials in this position.

Active in his community, Jeff currently serves as associate municipal judge for the City of Angleton. He previously served on the City of Lake Jackson Planning Commission, as a board member of the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra Council, and as three-term president of Brazoswood Buccaneer Band Booster Club.

Jeff and his family are proud to trace their Texas roots to John Bradbury Follett, who settled in Texas on Follett Island near San Luis Pass in Brazoria County. Accordingly, Jeff is a proud member of the Stephen F. Austin Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. He also is the father of two college-aged children, Will and Morgan. Jeff is the son of the late Ralph W. Gilbert, a long-time Angleton attorney, and Fannie Mae Follett Gilbert, a lifelong resident of Brazoria.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Trained Family Law Mediator
  • Trained Mediator
  • Trained Ad Litem
  • Trained Guardianship Attorney Ad Litem

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1990
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Texas, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1990

Education

  • J.D. South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1989
  • MBA Baylor University, 1984
  • BBA Baylor University, 1982

Honors and Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating Martindale-Hubbell
  • Past President, Brazoria County Bar Association
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Harris County Criminal Courts at Law, Special Judge, 1996-1998
  • Fellow, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company Trial Advocacy Institute
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Brazoria County Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas Criminal Law Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas Juvenile Law Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas Alternate Dispute Resolution Section, Member