Overview

Introduction

A leading Texas firm, Kelly Hart is entrenched in the city of Fort Worth, both headquartered there and serving notable 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 its client list, which includes additional Fortune 500 companies, individuals, investor groups, and governmental entities from around Texas and the nation.

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

150 - 250

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No. of Partners Named (2020)

5

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Featured Rankings

Best Midsize Law Firms for Satisfaction


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No. of Summer Associates (2020)

5


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Base Salary

1st year: $165,000


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No. of U.S. Offices

5

Vault Verdict

Kelly Hart’s culture is a fairly social one, where people like the company of their coworkers. It’s common for lawyers to spend time together after hours, and associates describe the firm as “very friendly” and “like a family.” Hours are generally manageable, with plenty of flexibility in terms of where and when attorneys complete their work. Some feel there could be more transparency from the upper ranks. But, associates are pleased with their relationships with partners and appreciate their willingness to mentor. Associates give the firm high scores for quality of work, and believe they receive high-quality assignments. They also think partnership is a realistic path.   

About the Firm

A leading Texas firm, Kelly Hart is entrenched in the city of Fort Worth, both headquartered there and serving notable 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 its client list, which includes additional Fortune 500 companies, individuals, investor groups, and governmental entities from around Texas and the nation.

Triple Threat

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 talen...

Associate Reviews


  • “[There are] several firm-organized social events per year, which are excellent! Lawyers socialize outside of these events as we wish.”
  • “Our firm is very friendly. The firm wants people to stay and make their careers here. The lawyers socialize quite a bit. Over the holidays, there are lots of firm-organized happy hours and holiday parties, and over the summer when the summer associates are here there are constant events and mixers and happy hours to attend. Other than that, there aren't many firm-organized events, but the lawyers themselves plan and hang out with each other (and the support staff) often. I personally get lunch with the other first year associates each Friday (schedule permitting).
  • “The lawyers in each section often get lunch/drinks together. It really feels like a family and it is also encouraging because it shows me that people here like to work together and want to spend more time together even after they do work together all day or all week.”

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