Kennon L. Wooten

Kennon joined the firm in May 2011, after serving as the rules attorney for 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.

Kennon represents individuals and entities involved in complex commercial litigation, general civil litigation, and civil appeals. At the trial level, she represents both plaintiffs and defendants. To the appeals, she brings experience and expertise that she gained as the rules attorney, as a law clerk to former Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson of the Supreme Court of Texas, and as an intern to Justice Mack Kidd during his service as a justice of the Third Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas.

Kennon is dedicated to serving the community and increasing access to justice. She volunteers on a regular basis. She served as the President of the Austin Young Lawyers Association and will serve as the President-Elect of the Austin Bar Association beginning in July 2019. Currently, Kennon is serving in leadership positions for the Austin Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the Texas Legal Services Center. She is a member of the American Law Institute and the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee. She also served as a member of the Texas Commission to Expand Civil Legal Services (the "Justice Gap Commission"), the Supreme Court of Texas Task Force for Rules in Expedited Actions, and the Texas Judicial Council Civil Justice Committee's Advisory Council.

Recognitions & Awards

Travis County Women Lawyers Association (TCWLA) Litigation/Appellate Attorney Award, 2018

State Bar of Texas “Standing Ovation” Volunteer Award, 2017

Texas Rising Star, a Thomson Reuters business, 2008, 2009, 2013 – 2017

Austin Bar Association President’s Award of Merit, 2017

Austin Bar Association Outstanding Director Award, 2015

AYLA President’s Award of Merit, 2011

Special Commendation of the Supreme Court of Texas and State Bar of Texas, 2011

State Bar of Texas Presidential Citation, 2010

AYLA Outstanding Director Award, 2009

Phi Beta Kappa

Representative Matters

Prevailed on a motion for new trial to set aside a final summary judgment against an individual borrower.

Served as co-lead trial counsel in a premises-liability case that resulted in a jury verdict for the plaintiff.

Represented lawyers in cases involving legal-malpractice and breach-of-fiduciary duty claims and negotiated settlements of said cases.

Represented entities in cases involving alleged products liability and other tort claims.

Represented individuals and entities in cases involving alleged Medicaid fraud.

Represented individuals and entities in cases involving alleged breach of contracts and in cases seeking declaratory relief.

Prepared briefs filed in Texas courts of appeals and the Supreme Court of Texas and achieved successful outcomes on appeal, both with and without oral argument.

Advised individuals and entities on interpretation and application of procedural and ethics rules in Texas.

Negotiated successful “business divorces” to resolve shareholder disputes.

Represented individuals pro bono in divorce proceedings and, in one divorce proceeding involving a child, obtained favorable temporary orders after a contested hearing regarding visitation issues.

Bar Admissions & Activities

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

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

Member, Texas Judicial Council Civil Justice Committee’s Advisory Council, 2018 – present

Planning Committee Member, 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Advanced Business Law Course

Member, American Law Institute, 2017 – present

Member, Supreme Court Advisory Committee, 2017 - present

Ex Officio Member, Supreme Court Advisory Committee, 2016 – present

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

Secretary, Austin Bar Association, 2018 – 2019

Treasurer, Austin Bar Association, 2017 – 2018

Board Member, Austin Bar Association, 2013 – present

Chair, Austin Bar Association Publications/Website Committee, 2013 – present

Editor-in-Chief, Austin Lawyer, 2013 – present

Editorial Board Member for The Advocate, the State Bar Litigation Section Report, 2008 – present

Member, Supreme Court of Texas Task Force for Rules in Expedited Actions, 2011 – 2012

Member, Travis County Women Lawyers Association, 2011 – present

Member, State Bar Standing Committee on Court Rules, 2011 – present

Chair, State Bar Standing Committee on Court Rules, 2016 – 2018

Vice Chair, State Bar Standing Committee on Court Rules, 2014 – 2016

Member, Austin Bar Association Appellate Council, 2009 – 2011

Community and Charitable Organizations

At Large Board Member, Capital Area Democratic Women
Social and Service Committee Member, Blue Action Deomcrats
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

Education

University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2004

University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Psychology, with highest honors, 1999

Publications & Presentations

Robert K. Wise and Kennon L. Wooten, A Guide to Taking and Resisting Discovery Under the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure (Tex. Lawyer 2019).

Kennon L. Wooten & Robyn Hargrove, Permissive Interlocutory Appeals and Mandamus: Picking Your Procedural Path Prudently, 30 APPELLATE ADVOC.: STATE BAR  APPELLATE. SEC. REP. 444 (2019).

Wendy K. L. Harvel, Christina J. Hymer, and Kennon L. Wooten, Avoiding Ethical Dry Holes – Ethics and Administrative Law; presented at Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Natural Resources Development and the Administrative State: Navigating Federal Agency Regulation and Litigation on March 1, 2019.

Kennon L. Wooten, Ethical Considerations for Common Situations: Representing Entities and Communicating with Other Parties and their Counsel; Presented at the Austin Bar Association’s 2018 Holiday Ethics Free CLE on December 7, 2018.

Kennon L. Wooten, Using Alternative Fee Arrangements to Make More Money and Help More People; State Bar of Texas webcast presented with Paula Pierce, Donivan Flowers, and MacKenzie Dunham on November 28, 2018.

Kennon L. Wooten and Robyn Hargrove, Permissive Interlocutory Appeals and Mandamus: Picking Your Procedural Path Prudently; Presented at the 32nd Annual Civil Appellate Practice Course on September 7, 2018.

Kennon L. Wooten and David Shank, Ethics for Business Lawyers: An Overview of Considerations for Common Situations; Presented with David Shank at the UT School of Law 27th Annual LLC, LPs and Partnerships Course on July 13, 2018.

Kennon L. Wooten and Anne Johnson, Rule 91a Dismissals and Appeals; Presented with Anne Johnson at the 28th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals on June 14, 2018.

Austin Bar Association Mentoring Program Presentation: Writing and Publication Tips, January 23, 2018.

Kennon L. Wooten and Anthony Arguijo, Rule 91a Dismissal Procedures: Basic Considerations and Unanswered Questions, 80 ADVOC.: STATE BAR LITIG. SEC. REP. 60 (2017).

Kennon L. Wooten, Mastering Electronic Discovery: Proportionality is the Polestar, and Metadata May Not Be 'the New Black' After All, 26 Austin Lawyer 26 (2017).

Robert K. Wise and Kennon L. Wooten, The Practitioner’s Guide to Properly Taking and Defending Depositions Under the Texas Discovery Rules, 68 Baylor L. Rev. 402 (2016).

Robert K. Wise and Kennon L. Wooten, A Guide to Taking and Resisting Discovery Under the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure (Tex. Lawyer 2016).

Kennon L. Wooten and John W. Ellis, Recent Developments in Texas Spoliation Law; Presented at a Travis County Women’s Lawyers Association CLE luncheon on November 16, 2016.

Kennon L. Wooten, Dismissal Procedures Under Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 91a; Presented at the Harris County Civil District Judges’ CLE Program on August 2, 2016.

Kennon L. Wooten, Cindy Saiter, and Carlos Soltero, Dismissal Procedures Under Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 91a; Presented at the 39th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course on July 13, 2016.

Kennon L. Wooten and Cindy Saiter, Dismissal Procedures Under Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 91a; Presented at the 26th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals, June 10, 2016.

Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Martha G. Newton and Kennon L. Wooten, How Texas Court Rules are Made (May 13, 2016), Presented with Chief Justice Hecht and Ms. Newton on May 17, 2016, during the State Bar of Texas webcast entitled “The Texas Supreme Court Rulemaking Process: Historical Perspectives and Practice Pointers.

Kennon L. Wooten, Texas Trial Rules Update; Presented at The State Bar of Texas Business Disputes Seminar on September 11, 2015.

Kennon L. Wooten, Expedited Actions and Dismissal Rules; Presented by Rules Attorney Martha Newton at the State Bar College 16th Annual Summer School on July 17, 2014.

Kennon L. Wooten, Rules Update: What’s New and What’s Around the Corner; Presented at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Evidence and Discovery Seminar on April 4, 2014 and May 23, 2014.

Steve McConnico, Robyn Hargrove, and Kennon L. Wooten, Legal Malpractice in Texas: Common Issues, Recent Developments, and Unresolved Issues; Presented with Steve McConnico at the 2014 Civil Justice Conference on May 8, 2014.

Steve McConnico and Kennon L. Wooten, The Basics and Nuances of Fiduciary Litigation; Presented with Steve McConnico at the 2013 Civil Justice Conference on October 14, 2013.

Daniel C. Bitting and Kennon L. Wooten, Disqualification and Recusal Motions: What to Do When Seeking the Removal of a Judge or Opposing Counsel From a Case; Presented at the Ultimate Motions Practice 2013, September 20, 2013.

Kennon L. Wooten, Business Litigation Under the New Texas Expedited Actions Process; Presented at the State Bar of Texas Business Disputes CLE on September 12, 2013.

The New Dismissal Rule and Rules for Expedited Actions: Tips and Traps for the Unwary; Presented with fellow panelists and a moderator via the State Bar of Texas webcast on March 19, 2013.

Kennon L. Peterson, Proposed Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct: An Overview of the Amendment Process and a Comparison of the Proposed Rules with the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct, 23 APP. ADVOC.: STATE BAR APP. SEC. REP. 268 (2011).

Kennon L. Peterson, Proposed Amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct: Brief Background and Explanation, 73 Tex. B.J. 894 (2010), 72 Tex. B.J. 844 (2009) (original).

Sofia Adrogué and Kennon L. Peterson, Texas Trailblazers and Their Texas-Sized Balancing of Professional and Personal Success, 49 ADVOC.: STATE BAR LITIG. SEC. REP. 30 (2009).

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