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Kennon L. Wooten

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Kennon joined the firm in 2011, after working as the rules attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas, an associate at Baker Botts LLP, and a law clerk to former Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson of the Supreme Court of Texas. Her service as the rules attorney gives her a unique understanding of statewide and local rules of practice and procedure, as well as the disciplinary standards that govern lawyers who practice in Texas. She has published books and law-review articles on Texas discovery practices.

Kennon’s law practice focuses on general civil litigation and complex commercial litigation. She also handles appeals periodically and advises clients on rule-related matters, including ethical obligations. She has represented a broad range of clients, including governmental entities, businesses (foreign and domestic), lawyers, judges, and individuals. At the trial level, she represents plaintiffs and defendants. To appeals, she brings experience handling appeals, as well as experience gained as a law clerk, the rules attorney, and an intern to Justice Mack Kidd of the Third Court of Appeals.

Kennon is also dedicated to serving the community. She does pro bono work regularly. She has served as a member of the Texas Commission to Expand Civil Legal Services, a member of the Supreme Court of Texas Task Force for Rules in Expedited Actions, the President of the Austin Bar Association, the President of the Austin Young Lawyers Association, the Chair of the State Bar’s Court Rules Committee, the Editor-in-Chief for Austin Lawyer, a board member for Texas Folklife and Austin Friends of Traditional Music, and a board member and secretary for the Texas Legal Services Center. She currently serves as a member of the Austin Bar Association’s Equity Committee and as the Chair of the Austin Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors. She is also a member of the American Law Institute, the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, the Editorial Board for The Advocate, the Supreme Court of Texas Remote Proceedings Task Force, the State Bar’s Board of Directors, and the Texas Access to Justice Commission.

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2004
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Psychology, with highest honors, 1999

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas

  • Member, State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, 2021 – present
  • Member, Texas Access to Justice Commission, 2021 – present
  • Member, American Law Institute, 2017 – present
  • Member, Supreme Court Advisory Committee, 2017 – present
  • Ex Officio Member, Supreme Court Advisory Committee, 2016 – present
  • Chair, Austin Bar Foundation Board, 2021 – present
  • Editorial Board Member, The Advocate, 2008 – present
  • Member, Austin Bar Foundation Board, 2019 – present
  • Austin Bar Association
    • President, 2020 – 2021
    • Officer Positions, 2017 – 2020
    • Board Member, 2013 – present
    • Member, Equity Committee, 2020 – present
    • Chair, Publications/Website Committee, 2013 – 2019
    • Editor-in-Chief, Austin Lawyer, 2013 – 2019
  • Member, Travis County Women Lawyers Association, 2011 – present
  • Member, State Bar Standing Committee on Court Rules, 2011 – 2021
  • Chair, State Bar Standing Committee on Court Rules, 2016 – 2018
  • Vice Chair, State Bar Standing Committee on Court Rules, 2014 – 2016
  • Member, Texas Commission to Expand Civil Legal Services, 2015 – 2017
  • President, Austin Young Lawyers Association, 2012 – 2013
  • Board Member, Austin Young Lawyers Association, 2007 – 2014
  • Member, Supreme Court of Texas Task Force for Rules in Expedited Actions, 2011 – 2012
  • Member, Austin Bar Association Appellate Council, 2009 – 2011
  • CLE Involvement
    • Planning Committee Member, 2021 UT School of Law CLE on E-Discovery Essentials
    • Planning Committee Member, 2019 State Bar of Texas Annual Business Disputes Course
    • Course Director, 2019 State Bar of Texas Civil Appellate Practice 101 Course
    • Course Director, 2018 State Bar of Texas Business Disputes Course
    • Planning Committee Member, 2018 State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course
    • Planning Committee Member, 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Advanced Business Law Course

Community and Charitable Organizations

  • At Large Board Member, Capital Area Democratic Women
  • Member, League of Women Voters of Texas (Austin area)
  • Secretary, Texas Legal Services Center
  • Board Member, Texas Legal Services Center
  • Friar, University of Texas at Austin Friar Society
  • Former Board Member, Texas Folklife, 2005 – 2009
  • Former Board Member, Austin Friends of Traditional Music, 2005 – 2006

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