Leading Texas full-service firm Kelly Hart is entrenched in the city of Fort Worth, both headquartered there and serving elite Fort Worth clientele like the wealthy Bass family and rancher and Wal-Mart heiress Anne W. Marion. When not negotiating financing, M&A, securities and litigation for large companies like American Airlines, Pier 1 and Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries Justin Brands and Burnett Companies and other assorted Fortune 500 companies, investors, government bodies and nonprofit organizations, the firm forays into true Texan legal territory, with equine and farming and ranching practices.  

Not-So-Lone Star Lawyers

In 1979, successful Fort Worth-based litigation and commercial lawyer Dee J. Kelly joined forces with well-known corporate and securities and real estate lawyers Mark L. Hart, Jr. and William P. Hallman, Jr. to found their joint namesake firm Kelly Hart & Hallman. Kelly Hart had no problem acquiring a talented roster of attorneys to expand its practice areas into banking, finance, energy, federal and state tax and several others which comprise the more than 20 service offerings it has today.

Kelly Hart's diverse lawyer selection is widely acclaimed. Twenty-three Kelly Hart attorneys were on the Texas Super Lawyers 2012 list and 28 made Best Lawyers in America 2013. Other rankings received by firm attorneys include Fort Worth Business Press Power Attorneys 2012, a finalist in Texas Lawyer 2012's Go-To Guide for Appellate Law, and Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel's 2009 Business Litigation issue.   

Boutique Buddies

Kelly Hart teamed up with top litigation boutique Susman Godfrey to resolve a $50 million breach of contract claim by aluminum manufacturer Alcoa against Luminant, one of Texas's biggest electricity holdings. The case, which disputed Luminant's compliance with its mining permit, resulted in the jury awarding $10 million in damages to Kelly Hart client Luminant. 

Buffett and Trump

Kelly Hart has helped negotiate high-profile M&A deals; the firm represented construction materials and cowboy boot manufacturer Justin Industries in its 2000 acquisition by Warren Buffett's mammoth company Berkshire Hathaway, the buyer of the Plaza Hotel in New York City in its sale by Donald Trump.   

Commitment to Texans  

When not negotiating big-time sales, Kelly Hart attorneys serve the community. In 2011, 65 Kelly Hart attorneys devoted 1,807 hours to pro bono legal services. Some of the organizations the firm's attorneys work for include Habitat for Humanity, Fort Worth Zoological Association, Austin Bar Association, University of Texas Domestic Violence Clinic, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and Goodwill of Austin. And Kelly Hart attorneys are leaders in the community in yet other ways. Founding partner Mark L. Hart, Jr. serves on the boards of the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, American Cancer Society, University of Texas Law School Foundation and the Fort Worth Country Day School and partner Sharon S. Millians is the Chair of the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Horses in the Court

Kelly Hart has just the thing for horse-lovers; Texas's land-of-the-ranchers status prompted the firm to open an Equine Law Practice. But just because it's about horses doesn't mean it's not a serious area of law. Kelly Hart's Equine Law Practice is a multifaceted microcosm of the firm's own offerings itself in terms of the range and variety of services it provides, including negotiating racing partnerships, stallion sales and foal sharing agreements, horse facility leasing, equine trade association regulation, labor & employment issues in the equine industry, estate planning, financing, tax planning and litigation and liability release agreements for owners and organizations and client representation before the Texas Racing Commission. The practice even has a web presence; Alison Rowe, Senior Counsel at the firm, runs an acclaimed Equine Law Blog covering developments in the field.  

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Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

Wells Fargo Tower
201 Main Street, Suite 2500
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: (817) 332-2500
Fax: (817) 878-9280


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Dee J. Kelly, Jr.
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 147

  • Employment Contact

    Sara Anstoetter
    Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (817) 810-5473
    Email: sara.anstoetter@kellyhart.com

  • Base Salary

    1st year: $145,140
    Summer associate: $2,500/week 

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Administrative Law
    Aviation Law
    Bankruptcy & Business Reorg.
    Banking & Finance
    Corporate & Securities
    Environmental & Water Law
    Estate Planning/Probate
    Farming & Ranching
    Healthcare Law
    Intellectual Property
    Labor & Employment
    Nonprofit Organizations
    Oil & Gas/Energy
    Public Law
    Real Estate
    School Law

Major Office Locations

  • Fort Worth, TX (HQ)
  • Austin, TX
  • Midland, TX
  • New Orleans, LA

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