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Partner, Kelly Hart & Hallman, LLP


Seasoned business litigation attorney with significant experience providing risk-adjusted, business-oriented solutions to individuals and corporate clients in a variety of business matters and disputes.  Recipient of numerous professional awards and accolades, including AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, Lifetime Fellow from the Texas Bar Foundation, “Rising Star” from Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service), and “Top Attorney” from Fort Worth, Texas Magazine.  Admitted to practice in Texas, the Northern District of Texas, the Southern District of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Professional awards and accolades include:

  • AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell (Martindale-Hubbell’s objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada; AV® Preeminent™ is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest and most exclusive rating for attorneys).

  • Lifetime Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation (one of the highest honors bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas; each year, only the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys are invited to become a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation).

  • Selected by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 as a “Top Attorney” in business litigation. 

  • Selected by Texas Monthly, Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 as a “Rising Star” (an honor bestowed annually to only 2.5% of all Texas attorneys under 40 years of age).



Juris Doctor, Texas Tech University School of Law

  • Summa Cum Laude

  • Order of the Coif

  • Academic scholarship 

BBA, Angelo State University

  • Magna Cum Laude

  • Academic scholarship


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 20%
    11 years
  2. Oil & Gas: 20%
    11 years
  3. Contracts: 20%
    11 years
  4. Business: 20%
    11 years
  5. Litigation: 20%
    11 years



Hourly ($350-400/hour), contingent (25-35%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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Contact info

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

Wells Fargo Tower
201 Main Street Suite 2500
Fort Worth, TX, 76102-3129


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200501/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top AttorneyFort Worth, Texas Magazine2014
Rising StarThomson Reuters2014
Top AttorneyFort Worth, Texas Magazine2013
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2013
Rising StarThomson Reuters2013
FellowTexas Bar2012
Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Rising StarThomson Reuters2012
FellowTexas Bar Foundation2012
AV Preeminent 4.8 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top AttorneyFort Worth Texas, Magazine2011
Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2011
Rising StarThomson Reuters2011
Rising StarThomson Reuters2010
Judge Bill HarrisSteering Committee2010
Trial AcademyNational Institute of Trial Advocacy2010
Top AttorneyFort Worth Texas, Magazine2010
Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2010
Top AttorneyFort Worth, Texas Magazine2009
Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Top AttorneyFort Worth, Texas Magazine2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKelly Hart & Hallman LLP2005 - Present
ClerkInnocence Project2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Leadership SouthlakeMember2014 - Present
Lena Pope HomeSteering Committee, Young Professional Advocates2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
Eldon B. Mahon Inn of CourtMember2005 - Present
Tarrant County Young Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
Phi Delta Phi (international legal honor society)Member2004 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
South Plains Switching, Ltd. Co. v. BNSF Ry. Co., 255 S.W.3d 690, 703 (Tex.App.—Amarillo 2008, pet. denied)N/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas Tech University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Texas State University, Angelo State UniversityManagement--Magna Cum LaudeOther - Bachelors2001