Chris Gober represents more than 100 active clients—including U.S. Senators, Representatives, and multibillion-dollar companies—in litigation, federal investigations, and political compliance matters. He currently serves as legal counsel for Senator Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Chris has been honored as the “U.S. Government Lawyer of the Year” by Lawyer Monthly and other publications in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and he has been named to The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 list. He has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” for Legislative and Governmental Affairs by Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly magazines in 2014 and 2015, 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.
From 2012-13, Chris successfully represented a Texas-based PAC “Texans for Free Enterprise” in a First Amendment lawsuit against the Texas Ethics Commission that permanently struck down Texas Election Code provisions that prohibited so-called “super PACs” from influencing state and local races in Texas. He represented the PAC before the trial court and also successfully briefed and argued the case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit after the State of Texas appealed the lower court’s decision. Chris also represented former Congressman Quico Canseco (TX-23) in Texas redistricting litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, and he submitted and argued on behalf of the Congressional map that was largely adopted by the three-judge panel as the interim map for the 2012 and 2014 elections.
Chris has represented dozens of U.S. Senate and House of Representatives candidates and officeholders, as well as state and local candidates for races ranging from City Council to Governor, and has established “super PACs” and 501(c)(4) advocacy organizations across the country. He regularly defends clients before federal, state, and local elections and ethics commissions and successfully represented former U.S. Senator John Ensign in a multiyear investigatory inquiry by the U.S. Department of Justice. Now based in his home state of Texas, Chris maintains a national practice that represented clients hailing from more than twenty-five states last election cycle.
Prior to founding The Gober Group (and its predecessor firm Gober Hilgers), Chris worked for a leading international law firm and served as head of the 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 (NRSC) 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 (RNC) 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 is also the architect and co-founder of Citizen Super PAC, the first crowdfunding marketplace where Americans from all walks of life can select and back specific ads for Republican candidates or issues they support or oppose. Chris has been a featured speaker for political and civic organizations, and he has provided commentary for talk radio and various television stations and newspapers across the country.
Chris volunteers as Court Appointed Special Advocates (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. 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 also an active member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a global business network of leading entrepreneurs and business owners in 46 countries.
REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS (PAST & PRESENT)
Cruz for President, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (TX), Governor Bobby Jindal (LA), U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (MS), U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (NE), U.S. Senator Dean Heller (NV), U.S. Senator John Hoeven (ND), U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (SC), former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX), U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (KS), U.S. Congressman Bill Flores (TX-17), U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer (TX-19), U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), Chief Justice Nathan Hecht (TX Supreme Court), Justice Phil Johnson (TX Supreme Court), Mississippi Republican Party, Dallas County Republican Party, Harris County Republican Party, Dallas Citizens Council, Dallas Regional Chamber, Madison Project