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Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP


201 Main Street, Suite 2500
Fort Worth, TX 76102
United States
(817) 332.2500

Firm Details

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP was formed in 1979 by Dee J. Kelly and several attorneys from a prominent international law firm having diverse, successful, and highly regarded litigation, commercial, corporate and securities, and real estate practices.  As the firm grew, it proved attractive to other experienced and driven attorneys, who expanded the firm's areas of practice into banking and finance, energy law, state and federal tax matters, among others. In tandem with Kelly Hart's clients' business expansion and diversity, the firm has grown to over 150 attorneys practicing in more than 20 substantive areas of the law. Kelly Hart has opened offices in Austin, Midland, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans and has been involved in groundbreaking litigation and headline-grabbing commercial transactions locally, nationally, and internationally.

Throughout Kelly Hart's forty-year history, the firm has partnered with a broad array of clients to achieve unparalleled success in a number of exciting, sophisticated business and legal matters. From the first days of Kelly Hart, forward-thinking individuals and businesses located in Fort Worth, including the entrepreneurial Bass family, Justin Brands, Anne W. Marion and the Burnett Companies, American Airlines, and BNSF Railway, have afforded the opportunity to have a world-class practice. As the firm has grown, the client list has grown to include additional Fortune 500 companies, individuals, investor groups, and governmental entities around Texas and the nation. Kelly Hart offers each of its clients a commitment to excellent legal representation and outstanding client service and provides competent, efficient, and cost-effective services, enabling clients to anticipate, avoid and otherwise resolve legal issues and conflicts at the lowest possible cost.

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Fort Worth with 14 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Fort Worth with 30 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Fort Worth in Commercial Litigation with 11 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Fort Worth in Commercial Litigation with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Fort Worth in Real Estate Law with 6 lawyers


  • Four Kelly Hart Attorneys Named CityBusiness 2021 "Leadership in Law" Honorees
  • Monica Jacobs Named National Law Journal’s Energy Environmental Trailblazer of 2021
  • Chambers USA 2021 Recognizes Four Kelly Hart Attorneys
  • Fort Worth Inc. has named four Kelly Hart attorneys to The 400—its 2021 list of the most influential leaders in Fort Worth.
  • The Tarrant County Bar Foundation (TCBF) selected Whitney Beckworth as the TVAS 2020 Pro Bono Attorney Volunteer Award recipient.
  • New Orleans CityBusiness has selected Kelly Hart partner, Loulan Pitre as a 2020 Driving Forces Award recipient. Recipients of the New Orleans CityBusiness Driving Forces Award were chosen for their innovation, energy, achievement, and community progress
  • Fort Worth Inc. has named five Kelly Hart attorneys to The 400—its 2020 list of the most influential leaders in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Kelly Hart Named Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services 2019 Law Firm Partner Award Recipient

  • Fort Worth Inc. has named six Kelly Hart attorneys to The 400—its 2019 list of the most influential leaders in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Kelly Hart attorney, Heidi Angel, named Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services (TVAS) 2018 Attorney Mentor Award Honoree
  • Fort Worth Inc. has named nine Kelly Hart attorneys to The 400—its 2018 list of the most influential leaders in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Kelly Hart Receives Top Honors as Vault's 2017 Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For, 2017
  • Kelly Hart Named Texas Lawyer for Texas Veterans (TLTV) Law Firm Partner Award Recipient, 2017
  • Kelly Hart attorneys, Nancy Ribaudo, and Shauna Wright named 2017 Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services (TVAS) Pro Bono Award Recipients for Attorney Volunteer and Attorney Mentor

  • Kelly Hart Receives The Fort Worth Chamber Spirit of Enterprise Award
  • A. Sherman Christensen Award presented by the American Inns of Court awarded to Kelly Hart partner, Michael McConnell
  • Tarrant County Volunteer Services (TVAS) Named Kelly Hart Pro Bono Law Firm Partner of the Year, 2016
  • Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award, 2013, presented to Kelly Hart partner, Marshall Searcy


  • ACME Brick
  • AMR Corp.
  • Bass Family Interests
  • BNSF Railway Company
  • Burnett Family Interests
  • Citigroup Global Markets Inc
  • City of Arlington
  • City of Fort Worth
  • Crescent Real Estate LLC
  • Hillwood Development Corporation
  • Justin Companies
  • Kimbell Art Foundation
  • Sabre Holdings Corporation
  • Sid W. Richardson Foundation
  • Texas Christian University
  • TTI, Inc.


Mary Schlegel
Director of Marketing
Marianne Auld
Managing Partner

Firm Practice Areas

  • Acquisition Finance
  • Administrative
  • Antitrust Law
  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Aviation Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Capital Markets
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Finance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Energy
  • Environmental Law
  • Labor
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Nonprofit / Charities Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Public Finance Law
  • Railroad Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Regulatory
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Transportation Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Water Law
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Office Locations

United States

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Baton Rouge, LA

301 Main Street, Suite 1600

Baton Rouge, LA 70801

United States

(225) 381.9643

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New Orleans, LA

400 Poydras Street, Suite 1812

New Orleans, LA 70130

United States

(504) 522.1812

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Austin, TX

303 Colorado Street, Suite 2000

Austin, TX 78701

United States

(512) 495.6400

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Fort Worth, TX

201 Main Street, Suite 2500

Fort Worth, TX 76102

United States

(817) 332.2500

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Midland, TX

500 West Illinois, Suite 800

Midland, TX 79701

United States

(432) 683.4691

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