Robert Painter

Robert Painter is a medical malpractice lawyer who founded Painter Law Firm PLLC in 2005. He has significant litigation and courtroom experience in the areas of medical malpractice, birth injury, brain injury, and wrongful death cases.

Mr. Painter started his legal career at Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP, a mega-firm where he represented hospital systems, hospitals and health care providers. Based on this experience he knows how defendants evaluate and defend cases, and he applies that knowledge as a tool to help his clients seek justice.

Prior to law school, Mr. Painter served as a U.S. Army officer. He completed the Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and then was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, for two years as a hospital administrator. Mr. Painter’s medical school and hospital administration experience equip him with unique insights that aid in his aggressive prosecution of medical malpractice cases for his clients.

Mr. Painter plays an active role in public policy and government as a frequent speaker, by providing expert testimony before legislative bodies and in advising government officials. Mr. Painter lives in Houston with his wife (and law partner), Taunya, and their four children, Katherine, Theodore, Oliver, and Hazel.


Baylor University, J.D. (1999)
• Graded on to Baylor Law Review
• President, Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society

Webster University, M.A., Public Administration (1995)

Marshall University, M.D. candidate (1992-1993)
• U.S. Army Health Professions Scholarship (full scholarship)
• Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Army

West Virginia University, B.A., Biology (1992)


• State of Texas (state courts)

• U.S. Supreme Court

• U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

• U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

• U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

• U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

• U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas


Avvo Superb 10/10 rating

Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers Directory, by Thomson Reuters (2006, 2011)

President's Award, Houston Bar Association (2014)

AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell (2011-present)

Order of the Polar Star, awarded by Tsakhia Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia (2013)

• Top Lawyers, Houstonia Magazine (2013-2017)

• Houston’s Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine (2008-2018)

• Texas Pro-Life Lawyer of the Year, Texas Right to Life (2008)

• Houston’s Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine (2008-2010)

Award of Distinction/Pinnacle Award (for Painter Law Firm PLLC), Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas (2008-2018)

Bar Activities

• Board of Directors, Houston Bar Association (2018-2020)

• Secretary, Board of Directors, Houston Lawyer Referral Service (2018-2020)

• Board of Directors, Harris County Dispute Resolution Center (2018-2020)

• Editor-in-Chief, The Houston Lawyer magazine (2013-2015)

• Editorial Board, Texas Bar Journal (2014-present)

• Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (2013-present)

• Member, Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee (2016-2017)

 Member, Houston Bar Association Judicial Polls Committee (2016-2017)

• Member, Houston Bar Association Administration of Justice Committee (2015-2016)

• Board Member, Houston Bar Association Litigation Section (2010-2012)

American Association for Justice, member of International Relations Committee & Voter Protection Committee (2014-present)

• Board Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association (2012)

Houston Trial Lawyers Association

Texas Trial Lawyers Association

State Bar of Texas

Houston Bar Association

Houston Northwest Bar Association

Community Service

• Chairman of the Board of Directors, Texas Repertory Theatre (2014-2015)

• Chairman of the Board of Directors, Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce (2011)

• Board of Directors, The Crown College (2012-present)

• Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bellwether Forum (a nonprofit organization that provides political, campaign and public policy programs in the U.S. and abroad) (2002-present)

• Deacon Board, Christchurch Baptist Fellowship (Chairman, 2008-2009 & 2012)

• Board of Directors, Leadership Houston (2011-2013, Vice Chairman 2013)

Favorite Quote About His Law Practice

"Painter is tough as a T. rex." (Houston's Channel 39, May 2013)

• Editor-in-Chief, The Houston Lawyer magazine (2013-2015)

• Board of Directors, Houston Bar Association (2018-2020)


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