Kris Algert began practicing family law with Tom Ausley in 1991, became board certified in family law (by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization) in 1997, and partnered with Tom Ausley in 1998. Having litigated during those years, she saw first-hand the shortcomings and the problems litigation sometimes causes families. When the Collaborative process was introduced to Texas in 2000, Kris became one of the first lawyers trained in the Collaborative process. After 3 or 4 years of practicing both litigation and Collaborative law, Kris made the decision to practice only Collaborative family law, believing that the Collaborative process offers more to families than just legal solutions and gives families an opportunity to minimize the damage that conflict and animosity can cause. Kris devotes a lot of time and energy to local, state and national Collaborative professional organizations whose primary goal is to educate the public and other professionals about the benefits of the Collaborative process to families. She serves as a trustee on the board of the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas as well as the editor of the Institute’s newsletter The Collaborative Roadmap. She also conducts trainings for other professionals who want to include the Collaborative process in their professional practices.