About Chris Gilbert

Chris Gilbert is one of the founding partners of Thompson & Horton LLP, which was formed in 2009 to represent school districts and other public entities. Prior to that, Mr. Gilbert was a partner in the School and Public Law Section of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, where he practiced from 1993 to 2008. He is an experienced practitioner in all aspects of the representation of public and private schools, colleges, universities and other public entities, with a particular focus on the role of the First Amendment at these institutions. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Education Law Association, and the Executive Council of the School Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Mr. Gilbert has litigated and advised clients on the free speech rights of students, including speech on the Internet; school prayer, the distribution of religious literature in a school setting, the use of public facilities by religious groups, the celebration of religious holidays in the public schools, the rise of esoteric religions and their impact in the public sector and the use of religious music in the public schools, dress codes, student newspapers and yearbooks, and library and curriculum issues.

Mr. Gilbert is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Michigan Law School. He is married to Mary Beth, and has two children, Kaley and Ryan. And a big goofy Labradoodle named Comet, who would be very disappointed to be left out.