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Kris King grew up working on his family's ranch and farms throughout the great plains from the Texas Panhandle to Wyoming.


He attended the University of Texas at Austin on an academic scholarship. He was chosen as the Outstanding Military Science student from the University of Texas. As a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Texas, he was selected by
the United States Army for an elite program to attend the University of Texas School of Law, one of the largest and premier law schools in the country, while on active military duty. While there he was awarded an American Jurisprudence Award for
being a top student.


He is also a graduate of the Army Law School at the University of Virginia, and studied for a Master of Laws degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. while there as an appellate attorney for the United States Army. He is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College.

While on active duty in the Washington D.C. area, Kris was chosen from many Military Appellate Attorneys to be the Editor In Chief of the Army's Criminal Law Journal, The Advocate. He also served as the United States Army's Regional Defense Counsel for Southwest United States and Panama.


After leaving active duty in 1980, he relocated to Longview and was the Senior Trial Attorney, then the Managing Attorney for the Legal Aid Office for several years. In 1983 he moved to the Law Firm of Adams, Sheppard & King where he was chosen to be the Managing Attorney. He served as an alternate Municipal Judge for almost 15 years.


He has experience at both the trial and appellate level in both State and Federal Courts. He has also taught college courses for Northwestern State University.

He has over thirty years of experience and has handled many hundreds of  cases.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 32%
    34 years
  2. Probate: 20%
    34 years
  3. Family: 10%
  4. Wills & Living Wills: 10%
    34 years
  5. Other: 27%
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Adams King & Smith

422 North Center Street
Longview, TX, 75601


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197610/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of AppreciationGregg County Pro Bono Project2013
Certificate of AppreciationGregg County Pro Bono Project2010
Pro Bono Leadership AwardGregg County Pro Bono Project2002
Armed Forces Reserve MedalUnited States Army1990
President's AwardGregg County Pro Bono Project1985
FOUNDER'S AWARDGregg County Bar Association1983
Army Commendation Medal With Oak Leaf ClusterUnited States Army1980
Army Commendation MedalUnited States Army1979
American Jurisprudence awardBancroft-Whitney1974
Outstanding Military Science StudentUniversity of Texas1973
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerADAMS, KING & SMITH1996 - Present
Regional Defense CounselUnited States Army1995 - 1996
Alternate Municipal JudgeCity of Longview, Texas1985 - 1999
AssociateAdams & Sheppard1983 - 1984
MANAGING ATTORNEYEast Texas Legal Services (Now Lone Star Legal Aid)1980 - 1983
Adjunct ProfessorNORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY, Louisiana1979 - 1980
Editor in ChiefUnited States Army, J.A.G. Corps1979 - 1980
Appellate AttorneyUnited States Army1979 - 1980
Legal Assistance OfficerThe United States Army1979 - 1979
Defense CounselUnited States Army1976 - 1979
Trial CounselUnited States Army1973 - 1976
Trial CounselUnited States Army and Army Reserve, J.A.G. Corps1973 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust SectionN/A2005 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Family Law SectionN/A2005 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Litigation SectionN/A2005 - Present
Gregg County Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
State Bar of TexasN/A1976 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Foster v. ThompsonPartition granted and client awarded houses
Nichols v. City of MarshallThe Supreme Court of the United States, certiorari denied
Warren v. WarrenPrevailed
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Publication nameTitleDate
AdvocateBrady v. Maryland1980
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
United States Army Command and General Staff CollegeMilitary LeadershipN/A1995
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of Texas System, AustinSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Texas Tech UniversityEngineeringN/AN/A
Georgetown University Law CenterTaxationN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal EducationLaw Of War1996
United States Army CLETrial Advocacy1995
Estate PlanningWills & Estates1995
Legal Rights of ServicemembersServicemember's Civil Relief Act1993
Legal EducationLaw Of War1988
Rotary ClubLegal Aid Services1986
Legal EducationLaw of War1985
Rotary ClubLegal Aid Services1983