About Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

Leading Texas full-service firm Kelly Hart is entrenched in the city of Fort Worth, both headquartered there and serving Fort Worth clientele like the entrepreneurial Bass family, Justin Brands, Anne W. Marion and the Burnett Companies, American Airlines, Pier 1 and BNSF Railway. As the firm has grown, so has the client list, which includes additional Fortune 500 companies, individuals, investor groups and governmental entities around Texas and the nation.

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. Thirty-two Kelly Hart attorneys were on the Texas Super Lawyers 2014 list and 33 made Best Lawyers in America 2015. Other rankings received by firm attorneys include Fort Worth Business Press Power Attorneys 2008-2014;  Fort Worth, Texas magazine's Top Attorneys, 2008-2014;  a finalist in Texas Lawyer 2012's Go-To Guide for Appellate Law;  Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel's 2009 Business Litigation issue; the Fort Worth Chamber 2013 Spirit of Enterprise Award;  the Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Appellate Lawyer of Texas, Texas Bar Foundation, 2012; the Texas Bar Foundation  Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award, 2013;  the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, James B. Barlow Award,  May 2012; the Robert B. Wilson Distinguished Service Award by the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, May 2011; the Outstanding Woman in the Workplace" by the Fort Worth Commission for Women, 2013;  the 2012 Yellow Rose of Texas Award;  Fort Worth's Outstanding Citizen Award;  Fort Worth's Outstanding Business Executive;  the Horatio Alger Award;  the Blackstone Award; and the 2015 Texas Bar Foundation Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award.

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 2014, 70 Kelly Hart attorneys devoted 2,200 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.

Kelly Hart's attorneys contribute significant time to the charities and organizations of their choice and regularly serve in leadership roles for some of the most note-worthy charitable groups in our communities.  Over 45 Kelly Hart attorneys serve on civic, philanthropic or educational boards including the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, American Cancer Society, Jane and John Justin Foundation, The Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Safe City Council, University of Texas Law School Foundation, Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Texas Christian University, Van Cliburn Foundation and the Fort Worth Country Day School, just to name a few. 

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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 2015: 150

  • Employment Contact
    Marcus Mungioli
    Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (817) 810-5473
    Email: marcus.mungioli@kellyhart.com

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

  • Summer Associate Offers
    (2014): 5 out of 8

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Administrative Law
    Aviation Law
    Bankruptcy & Business Reorg.
    Banking & Finance
    Corporate & Securities
    Environmental & Water Law
    Estate Planning/Probate
    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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