Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam

Robert L. Duncan

Of Counsel

Lubbock, Texas

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Attorney Profile

Robert Duncan became the fourth chancellor of the Texas Tech University System on July 7, 2014.

Before becoming chancellor, Duncan served in the Texas Legislature for more than two decades as a State Representative and State Senator. Duncan was a law partner at Crenshaw, Dupree and Milam for more than 25 years and remains ‘of counsel’ for the law firm.

Duncan received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Texas Tech University. He is married to Terri Duncan. They each have two children, and all of them are graduates of Texas Tech University.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Law
  • Commercial
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury – Defense
  • Medical Malpractice – Defense


  • J.D., 1981, Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
  • B.S., 1976, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Texas Senate, Committees:
  • State Affairs (Chairman), Finance, Jurisprudence, Natural Resources (1996 – 2014)
  • Member, Texas House of Representatives, Committees
  • Insurance (Vice-Chair), Judicial Affairs, Higher Education, Representative (1993 – 1996)
  • General Counsel, Texas Senate State Affairs Committee, 1989
  • Litigation Counsel of America, LLC
  • Lubbock County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Board of Barristers


  • “Texas Super Lawyer”, a Thomson Reuters’ Publication, 2004, 2013 – 2014
  • “Top 10 Legislators”, Texas Monthly; 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, and 2013
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Texas Tech University
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources

Representative Cases/Published works/Seminars

  • Charitable Immunity Liability Tort Reform, Contributing Author; 25 Hous. L. Rev., 1039, 1988
  • 1989 Texas DTPA Reform: Closing the DTPA Loophole in the 1987 Tort Reform Laws and the Ongoing Quest for Fairer DTPA Laws, 21 St. Mary’s L.J., 525, 1990
  • Montford, et al, A Guide to Texas Workers’ Comp Reform, Butterworths, 1991