Kelly Klingseisen, J.D.





Kelly Klingseisen represents employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, from training and advice to litigation and appeal. She joined the firm in 2020 after practicing commercial litigation for more than five years at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.  In those roles, she defended employers in lawsuits alleged under the ADA, FLSA, Title VII, and Texas common law, including breach of employment agreement and defamation. She conducts and manages all phases of a case, from pre-litigation, settlement conferences and mediation, pleadings, discovery, and motions practice, to hearings, trial, and appeal. Ms. Klingseisen also has experience investigating and counseling employers on trade secret allegations; responding to EEOC charges on behalf of employers; conducting labor diligence for M&A deals; and speaking on employment law-related topics to in-house counsel and HR personnel.

Ms. Klingseisen began her legal career as a briefing clerk to the Honorable Phil Johnson at the Texas Supreme Court. She graduated summa cum laude from SMU Dedman School of Law, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the SMU Law Review.

Ms. Klingseisen grew up in London, Cairo, and Shanghai, but considers Austin home – as evidenced by her unwavering support of the Texas Longhorns and love for Lake Austin.

Education & Certificates

J.D., SMU Dedman School of Law, summa cum laude, 2013
B.S., University of Texas at Austin, magna cum laude, 2009