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About Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

For over 36 years, Kelly Hart & Hallman has provided some of the country's most innovative and successful businesses, individuals and governmental entities with a full array of legal services. In those same 36 years, Kelly Hart has grown from five attorneys to over 150 practicing in more than twenty substantive areas of the law. We owe this success to our outstanding lawyers and unparalleled clients. We are proud of our past and excited about our future.
Having established a diverse and successful litigation and commercial practice in Fort Worth, Texas, Dee J. Kelly formed Kelly Hart & Hallman in 1979 with Mark L. Hart, Jr. and William P. Hallman, Jr., who had highly regarded reputations in corporate and securities and real estate law. As the firm grew, it proved attractive to experienced and driven attorneys around the state, who expanded the firm's areas of practice into banking and finance, energy law, state and federal tax matters, among others.

Throughout our history, we have partnered with a broad array of clients to achieve success in a number of sophisticated business and legal matters. Since its inception, Kelly Hart has patterned its growth almost entirely on the needs of those forward-thinking businesses and individuals located in Fort Worth, including such clients as the entrepreneurial Bass family, Justin Brands, Anne W. Marion and the Burnett Companies, American Airlines, Pier 1, and BNSF Railway. As our firm’s practice has expanded, our client list has grown to include additional Fortune 500 companies, investor groups, and governmental entities in Texas and around the country. We offer each of those clients an unflagging commitment to excellent legal representation and outstanding client service while providing competent, efficient, and cost effective services that enable clients to anticipate, avoid, and resolve legal issues.

As with any business organization, our greatest strengths are the experience and dedication of our people. Since our inception, we have attracted exceptional graduates from nationally prominent law schools. The ranks of our attorneys include Members of the American Law Institute, Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation, numerous former federal and state court judicial law clerks, and dozens of individuals recognized by their peers for numerous legal honors and awards.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1979 Number of Partners 56
Number of offices 5 Partner:associate ratio 1.30
Biggest office Fort Worth Percentage of women attorneys 13.50
Number of attorneys 125 Percentage of minority attorneys 4.00
Number of associates 43 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 0.00
Area of practice

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Advertising And Promotion
  • Antitrust
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Counseling And Transactional
  • California'S Proposition 65
  • Chemical Control
  • Chemical Control Reach
  • International
  • Tsca
  • Employment And Labor
  • Environmental
  • Fuels
  • Environmental And Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Food & Drug
  • Food Litigation
  • Tobacco And Electronic Cigarettes
  • Government Relations
  • Health And Safety Compliance Audit
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Food Recall Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Regulatory Affairs
  • International Trade
  • Litigation
  • Nanotechnology Strategy Regulation And Defense
  • Pesticides
  • Biocidal Products Regulation
  • Privacy Data Security And Digital Media
  • Product Safety
  • Product Stewardship Green Chemistry And Sustainability
  • Reach
  • Telecommunications
  • Trade And Professional Associations
  • Transportation
  • Workplace Safety And Health
Awards and recognitions

Travis Clardy Receives Champion of Access Award
Dee J. Kelly to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Sharon S. Millians Recipient of TCBA Professionalism Award
Kristi Hudson Receives Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year Award
Kristi Hudson Receives Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year Award
Jane Jackson Recipient of the LSBA Pro Bono Century Award
Chester Grudzinski Receives Scouting Service Award
Dee J. Kelly Recipient of Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award
Kelly Hart & Pitre Named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year
David Cook and Brandon Hill Selected as 2016 40 under 40 Honorees
Kelly Hart Receives Tarrant County Volunteer Services (TVAS) Pro Bono Award


From its inception, Kelly Hart has been committed to hiring the best and brightest attorneys without regard to age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability. After opening its doors in 1979, 2 of the first 4 associates hired by Kelly Hart were women. By 1987, those 2 women were elevated to equity partner status and remain equity partners today.

Kelly Hart continues to be committed to the development of a diverse and inclusive workplace for attorneys, professionals and other staff members. We believe the knowledge and depth of life experiences these individuals bring to the firm are invaluable, and increase the skill and perception with which we provide legal services to our clients and contribute to our communities. Our commitment to diversity has created an atmosphere in which our people thrive and are encouraged to use their different talents, perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences to serve our clients.

Summer associate program

Kelly Hart & Hallman appreciates the importance of hiring talented, young lawyers. Seventeen of our young lawyers were named 2016 Texas Rising Stars by Texas Monthly magazine, which recognizes the top 2.5% of lawyers under age forty. Eleven were named 2015 Top Attorneys in less than five years of practice by Fort Worth, Texas magazine. To continue this tradition of excellence, Kelly Hart actively seeks the most highly qualified law students with both excellent academic records and a commitment to teamwork and professionalism.

Kelly Hart's six week summer program introduces second year law students to the work environment they will experience as a first year associate. Each summer associate is partnered with two sponsors who guide them through the clerkship experience, facilitate introductions, advise on work assignments, provide feedback, and offer insight into the culture of Kelly Hart.

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Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP LOCATIONS


Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP Headquarters

201 Main Street ,
Suite 2500
Fort Worth, TX

817-332-2500 phone
817-878-9280 fax
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Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP Office

301 Congress Avenue ,
Suite 2000
Austin, TX

512-495-6400 phone
512-495-6401 fax


Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP Office

1000 Louisiana Street ,
Suite 4700
Houston, TX

713-654-4600 phone
713-654-4601 fax


Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP Office

508 W. Wall Street ,
Suite 444
Midland, TX

432-683-4691 phone
432-683-6518 fax


Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP Office

400 Poydras Street ,
Suite 1812
New Orleans, LA

504-522-1812 phone
504-522-1813 fax

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