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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.

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Featured Rankings

Best Midsize Law Firms for Pro Bono...


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No. of Summer Associates (2020)



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Base Salary

1st year: $165,000...


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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.”
  • “Most of the attorneys really let us help out and become a part of the case that we are working on. This is really encouraging because it lets us see more of the long-term work we will be doing here. For example, when I work on a research projection, and also get to see what the senior attorney does with my research, it shows me what I will be doing in a few years.”
  • “Overall, the partners are helpful in advancing associates careers.”
  • “Great flexibility and great opportunities to prove that you can be a valuable asset to the firm without having to sit in your office from sunup to sundown.”
  • “The workload comes in waves. I stay relatively busy all the time, but some weeks/ days I am busier than others.”
  • “I feel like I'm given the right amount of work and have flexibility to work where and when I want to as long as deadlines are met.”
  • “1,800-[hours] target. Very reasonable, easily attainable.”
  • “I don't feel like I have ever worked on something that I wasn't qualified to work on. I also don't think I have ever felt like I've been working on things that could be done by paralegals, meaning I feel like I am being used properly.”
  • “Associates are given high-quality of work.”
  • “Partnership is realistic for associates who are intelligent and work hard.”

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