Kimberly A. Yelkin - Gardere

Kimberly A. Yelkin

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2016

Kim Yelkin is the Executive Partner of the Austin office in charge of Gardere’s Government Affairs Practice Group. She is a nationally recognized expert in government affairs and is routinely consulted by clients for her expertise in strategy and execution. Kim brings a unique blend of legal talent and business acumen to assist her clients in solving complex problems which include high-profile legislative issues, litigation avoidance and routine regulatory matters before various state agencies. She is engaged by clients to coordinate multi-state regulatory and legislative projects to maximize their long-term competitive advantage and defend against governmental action adverse to their interests. Whether it is a project requiring immediate attention, or the development and implementation of a long-term strategy, Kim is expert at coordinating a proactive approach to issues management and strategy development and execution.

Kim not only has over 30 years of expertise in insurance and health care issues, but also represents clients in other industries who have issues with government. Her practice concentration is before the Texas Legislature, the Department of Insurance, the Office of Attorney General, the Texas Department of Health, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, the Texas Comptroller, the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and other state agencies.

Prior to joining Gardere, Kim was a Partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld for 12 years. She has a wealth of experience in insurance issues having served as senior government affairs counsel for the St. Paul Companies and associate counsel for the American Insurance Association. Prior to her tenure at the American Insurance Association, she was Deputy District Attorney in Omaha, Neb.

Born and raised in Omaha, Neb., Kim received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1977, and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Creighton University School of Law in 1980.

Kim's representative clients include:

  • Argonaut Group
  • Asurion Corp.
  • Benfield Inc.
  • Caremark Inc.
  • Catlin Group Ltd.
  • Children's Medical Center of Dallas
  • Christian Care Ministry Inc.
  • CNA Insurance Group
  • CUNA Insurance Group
  • CVS Corp.
  • Electric Insurance Co. Inc.
  • Dallas National Insurance Co.
  • Danfoss Chatleff LLC
  • Eastham Enterprises Inc.
  • Fair Isaac Corp.
  • Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co.
  • Global Injury Funding LLC

Duke University BA 1977Creighton University School of Law J.D. 1980
American Bar AssociationFederation of Regulatory Counsel Inc.National Association of Professional Women

Office Location

One American Center, Suite 3000
600 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
United States

Practice Areas

Insurance Law