About R. Blake Brunkenhoefer

R. Blake Brunkenhoefer of Counsel

Robert “Blake” Brunkenhoefer is a second generation South Texas trial lawyer noted for litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims on behalf of accident victims and their families. He has been practicing trial law since 1992 , he has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts in several states, and he maintains an active, national practice. Blake has successfully resolved thousands of cases, many of which have resulted in substantial verdicts or settlements for his clients.

While Blake clearly enjoys his work, he is also a devoted husband and father. He and his wonderful wife, Tracey, have raised four amazing children and maintain a close-knit, but adventurous family: Their oldest daughter graduated from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) and has since worked in Phoenix/Tempe, 

Robert Blake

Arizona; their oldest son is now enrolled at Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ); and their youngest kids – boy/girl twins – enjoy tennis as they pursue their studies at Flour Bluff High School and prepare for their own college careers at Arizona State University and life thereafter. The Brunkenhoefers enjoy time at home on the water, but travel frequently as a family, usually to pursue their passions for snowboarding and hiking.

Areas of Practice

  • Trucking crashes
  • Auto accidents
  • Roadway construction negligence
  • Workplace injuries
  • Oilfield/refinery accidents
  • Construction/contractor negligence
  • “Seaman’s” cases (“Jones Act” negligence & vessel “unseaworthiness”)
  • Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) claims of third-party contractors on offshore platforms
  • Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) claims
  • Defective products (including vehicles and consumer products)
  • Premises liability/negligence
  • “Bad Faith” by insurance companies
  • Breach of Contract

Licensed To practice Nationwide

Mr. Brunkenhoefer is licensed to practice law by the State of Texas, where he is a Sustaining Member of the Litigation Section. Additionally, Mr. Brunkenhoefer is licensed to practice law by the State of Colorado and by the State of Arizona. He is also licensed to practice law in all United States District Courts in Texas, Colorado and Arizona, and he has been authorized to appear before the United States Supreme Court. As a result of his national practice, he has been admitted pro hac vice (temporarily, for the duration of the case) in numerous state and federal courts throughout the country. He has handled cases from Washington, Oregon, and California to Florida, Maryland, and Virginia, from Texas and Louisiana to Iowa and Minnesota, and numerous states in between.

Awards & Honors

  • AV® rating by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review system since 2005 (the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards)
  • Texas Super Lawyers® (2011-2019, Thompson Reuters)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame (2013, Verdict Search Texas)
  • Six Litigator Awards in 2014 – Achievements in truck accidents, automobile accidents, products liability, catastrophic injury, personal Injury, and wrongful death (The Trial Lawyers Board of Regents, LLC d/b/a/ Litigator Awards)
  • Top Notch Lawyer by peers for his admiralty and maritime law practice (Texas Lawyer “Go To” Guide—2007), the only plaintiff’s lawyer on the list

Professional Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Associate Member; Membership Chair (Corpus Christi Chapter 2018-present)
  • Corpus Christi Bar Association – Director, 2001-2002
  • State Bar of Texas, District 11-A Grievance Committee: Member, 2003-2006 & Panel Chair 2006-2008
  • The Texas Center for Legal Ethics
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association Sustaining Member; Director (2018-2020)
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Arizona Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA), “M Club”
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Port Director, 2001-2003
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, Advocate Member
  • The National Trial Lawyers

Maritime Law Seminars

  • An Overview of Maritime Personal Injuries, R. Blake Brunkenhoefer and Les Cassidy, Corpus Christi Bar Association’s “Advanced Personal Injury Law Seminar” (Corpus Christi 2005)
  • A Survey on the Impact of Katrina and Rita on the Marine Industry, panel member, “Second Annual Marine & Energy Seminar” (Las Vegas 2006)
  • Compulsory Arbitration for American Seamen, R. Blake Brunkenhoefer and E. Carroll Rogers, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association’s “High Stakes on the High Seas: A Maritime Law Conference” (New Orleans 2006)
  • Baseball with the Bench 2014, maritime law panel member (Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Association)


  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A. with Honors, Psychology, 1989)
  • University of Houston Law Center (J.D., 1992)

Bar Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • State of Colorado
  • State of Arizona
  • New Mexico (application pending)
  • U.S. District Courts (all districts of Texas, Colorado and Arizona)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted pro hac vice in numerous courts across the United States.