About

Kristen-HawkinsWith over five years of judicial experience, Kristen Brauchle Hawkins understands more than most the importance of fairness and justice and how access to the courts is crucial to our judicial system. Kristen was born in Dallas but grew up in Houston. She attended Alief Hastings High School and The University of Texas at Austin. It was at UT where she developed her love of the legal system while majoring in Government and Spanish.  Kristen went on to South Texas College of Law where she obtained her law degree, graduating magna cum laude and a member of the South Texas Law Review.

During Kristen’s 16 years as an attorney, she has represented individuals, doctors, small business owners and corporations. Each client presents a new challenge and allows her to explore a different facet of the law.

In 2010, Kristen was appointed as one of the Harris County Tax Masters and presided over Tax Court once a week.  While serving on the bench, she ensured that tax payers had every opportunity to be heard in court and managed a docket of approximately 6,000 cases.

Kristen is active in both the Texas and Houston Bar Association.  She frequently speaks on topics ranging from Social Security Disability law, property tax law, courtroom procedures, technology, and establishing a small firm.  Kristen has received a multitude of distinctions including National Trial Lawyer Top 40 Under 40 in 2014, Texas SuperLawyers Rising Star for 2012, 2013 and 2014, and Houstonia Magazine Top Lawyer for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

In addition to her volunteer work in various bar associations, Kristen also served as Co-Communications Chair on the Executive Committee of the New Leaders Council Houston, the inaugural Texas chapter. Kristen is a founding member of a weekly breakfast meeting that brings together community leaders in the Houston area to discuss current thoughts, events and challenges facing Houston and Harris County.

Kristen and her husband, David, live in Houston with their two children, Dorian and Lorelai, who attend public school.

Professional Service

  • Texas Bar Law Practice Management Committee Member, 2012-2015;
  • Houston Bar Association Litigation Section, Chair: 2012-2013, Vice Chair: 2012, Council Member: 2010-2012, 2013-2015;
  • Houston Bar Association Law Practice Management Section, Chair Elect: 2010-2011, Chair: 2011-2012, Secretary: 2012-13;
  • Houston Bar Association Gender Fairness Committee Member, 2013-2015;
  • College of the State Bar of Texas: Member, 2011-Present;
  • Texas Bar Foundation: Fellow, 2011-Present;
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation: Fellow, 2014-Present;
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Member;
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member;
  • Texas Association of Consumer Lawyers, Member;
  • Garland Walker Inns of Court, Member, 2013-Present;
  • Texas Women Rainmakers, Steering Committee Member, 2015

Legal Presentations

  • Texas Bar CLE, Third Annual Law Practice Management Course, November 5, 2009
  • Houston Bar Association, Changing Practice For Changing Time Series, October 15, 2009
  • Texas Bar Law Practice Management Section Webcasts, November 17, 2010, April 23, 2009, and February 19, 2009
  • Houston Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, January 15, 2009, February 2010
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Managing Your Law Practice CLE, June 11, 2010
  • HBA All Day Ethics, “Ethics and the Small Firm: Use of Technology in the Development of a Successful and Profitable Practice”, February 5, 2011
  • HBA CLE Seminar, “Small Firms: What you Need to Know about Technology,” July 8, 2011
  • Attorney Ad Litem CLE, Nov. 10, 2011; Oct. 25, 2012
  • HBA 2012 New Licensee Institute, “Practicing in Harris County, What a New Lawyer Needs to Know,” January 27, 2012
  • State Bar of Texas Property Tax Committee Meeting and Legal Seminar, Post Judgment Issues, March 26, 2012
  • HBA CLE Seminar, “Harris County Tax Court: What is it and what lawyers need to know,” September 7, 2012
  • State Bar of Texas Property Tax Committee Meeting and Legal Seminar, Panelist, “A View from the Bench,” March 25, 2012
  • HBA Litigation Section, “What Attorneys Need to Know About Social Security Disability,” April 11, 2013
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, “Contract Attorneys—How Much Can You Charge for That?” June 21, 2013
  • HBA Family Law Section monthly meeting, “Social Security Disability Considerations for Family Lawyers,” March 5, 2014
  • State Bar of Texas Property Tax Committee Meeting and Legal Seminar, Panelist, “A View from the Bench,” March 24, 2014
  • State Bar of Texas Property Tax Committee Meeting and Legal Seminar, Panelist, “A View from the Bench,” April 13, 2015

Education

South Texas College of Law, JD
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Member, Law Review
The University of Texas at Austin, BA
  • Majoring in Government and Spanish
AA White Dispute Resolution Institute, 40 Hour Mediation Training