P.O. Box 9418
Amarillo, TX 79105
Robert C. Vartabedian
- Bar Memberships
- Amarillo Area Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas
- Law Review: Berkeley Technology Law Journal
- J.D. University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (2005)
- B.A. Texas Tech University, summa cum laude (2002)
- Born: Norman, Oklahoma
Robert C. Vartabedian is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Amarillo Area Bar Association and the Amarillo Young Lawyers Association and is a Texas Bar Foundation fellow. He is admitted to practice in the Northern District of Texas, Eastern District of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Rob joined Brown & Fortunato, P.C. in 2005. His practice focuses on employment litigation, oil and gas litigation, commercial litigation, insurance defense, and trademark disputes. Rob has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts and has consistently received excellent results. In 2011, 2012, and again in 2013, he was selected as a Texas Rising Star, an honor given to only 2.5% of eligible lawyers in the State of Texas. Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters service.
In recent years Rob has represented clients in a broad range of litigation matters, but his practice concentrates on employment litigation and oil and gas litigation. Rob represents employers in a variety of employment disputes including claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and Title VII. In 2013 alone, Bradley Howard and Rob have represented the defendant in federal jury trials of employment discrimination claims brought by three different plaintiffs and received three defense verdicts. A significant portion of Rob’s practice is also devoted to representing oil and gas companies in a wide variety of disputes including trespass to try title claims (including lease termination litigation), claims for breaches of implied covenants to an oil and gas lease, suits for breaches of joint operating agreements, and surface use disputes. Rob has worked alongside other attorneys in Brown & Fortunato’s oil and gas practice group to handle complex litigation for clients ranging from local and regional operators in the Texas Panhandle to some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies.
Rob was born in Norman, Oklahoma, but grew up in Canyon, Texas, and graduated from Canyon High School in 1998. Rob earned his B.A. in Philosophy and History with highest honors from Texas Tech University in 2002. Rob was active in debate and public speaking while at Texas Tech. He placed 3rd in the National Parliamentary Debate Tournament in 2000. In 2001, he and his debate partner were ranked 1st in the nation out of 670 debate teams. Rob graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 2005. While at UC Berkeley, Rob was a member of Berkeley's Texas Young Lawyers Association trial team and was selected for the Moot Court Board. In 2004, Rob and his teammates competed in a national moot court competition where they won best oral argument in the nation, the Dolores K. Hannah Award for best brief in the nation, and 1st place in the nation overall.
Rob has served as President of the Board of Trustees for Opportunity School, an organization that provides high quality care and education to children from low-income families in Amarillo. Rob enjoys mountain biking, running, tennis, and watching baseball with his son. He occasionally makes a weekend trip to rejoin his old rugby team in Berkeley for a game or tournament. Rob and his wife Audrey have one child, Bobby.