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Meet the Dallas 500: Gibson Dunn’s Rob Walters

The trial lawyer litigated many multi-billion dollar disputes, including the Department of Justice’s antitrust challenge to AT&T’s $106 billion acquisition of Time Warner.
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Rob Walters
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Along with his leadership role at Gibson Dunn and his work as a trial and antitrust lawyer, Rob Walters dedicates his time to nonprofit and community endeavors. He was instrumental in making Klyde Warren Park a reality, and he recently took the helm of the Dallas Citizens Council as chairman. “I’m excited about the emerging consensus in Dallas about who we want to be,” he says.

Education: The University of Texas at Austin (JD, BA)

Birthplace: Gene Autry, Oklahoma

Best Advice: “Don’t be afraid to ask the tough question. Own your mistakes. And don’t worry about the credit—you’ll get far more done.”

Dinner Party: “If I could have dinner with any two Dallas-Fort Worth business leaders, I’d choose Ron Kirk and Fred Perpall. They represent the best of Dallas and are committed to inclusive growth and prosperity.”

Must-Read: “I think everyone should read the book Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. It answers so much about who we are as a species.”

Favorite Pet: “Jessie, a seven-pound rescue chihuahua”

Favorite Thing: “Having dinner in a scenic place with my family”

Proud Moment: “A highlight was prevailing over the Department of Justice in AT&T’s $108 billion acquisition of Time Warner.”

2020 Taught Me: “Everybody has a plan until they get hit.”   

A Better Dallas: “If there was one thing I could change about Dallas to make it even better, I would plant more seeds of growth and prosperity in southern Dallas.”

Nonprofit Cause: “Klyde Warren Park. It’s where Dallas gathers—our town square.”

Last Meal: “For my last meal, I’d choose King Ranch Casserole and Blue Bell Cookies ’n Cream ice cream.”

Beverage of Choice: “Sadly, Diet Coke”

Looking Ahead: “I’m excited about the opportunity for all of us in Dallas to build a better city, together.”

This Q&A is extended content from Dallas 500, a special edition produced by D CEO that profiles the region’s most influential business leaders. Visit for details.

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