It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend and colleague Robert Theriot.
Rob graduated summa cum laude from both the University of Southwestern Louisiana and Tulane University Law School. At Tulane, Rob served as editor in chief of the Law Review and won the Civil Law Award. Following graduation, Rob served as a law clerk to the Honorable John Minor Wisdom, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
After his clerkship, Rob spent his entire career at Liskow & Lewis. Rob was a co-chair of the firm’s Energy Litigation practice group, he previously served on the firm’s Board of Directors, and he played an instrumental role in opening the office in Houston, Texas in 2005.
For thirty-five years, Rob helped clients navigate tough legal issues in trials and transactions. He earned a reputation for handling complex, seemingly intractable problems, and much of his work focused on the growing challenges facing producers in unconventional shale plays. He handled matters before state and federal trial and appellate courts in Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota and other major shale basin states.
Rob was well known in the energy industry, serving as an advisory board member of the Institute for Energy Law and as a member of The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law. He was board certified in oil, gas, and mineral law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
When previously asked about what makes his approach to legal matters unique, Rob said, “Clients are comfortable calling me because of my deep experience in their industry. They’ll say, ‘I've got this problem…have you seen this?’ Chances are, I have. Plus, I like to share whatever lessons I've learned. Part of me always wanted to be a teacher.” Rob was a teacher to all of us. He taught us not only inside the courtroom, but more importantly, outside of it.
Liskow & Lewis extends our deepest condolences to Rob’s loved ones during this very difficult time. We miss Rob deeply.