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 is a board member and secretary for the Texas Legal Services Center, she volunteers often, and she is a member of the State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College. She served as the President of the Austin Young Lawyers Association and is now serving as the President of the Austin Bar Association. In addition, Kennon is a member of the American Law Institute, the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, and the State Bar of Texas Court Rules Committee. Previously, she 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
State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College, 2007, 2015, 2018 – 2019
Chambers USA Band 1 recognized practitioner in Litigation: General Commercial, Texas: Austin & Surrounds, 2020
Austin Monthly, Austin's Top Attorneys 2020 in Civil Litigation
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
Texas Super Lawyers, General Litigation, 2019
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
Represent local governmental entity in Senate Bill 4 litigation against the Texas AG.
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.
Represent individuals pro bono in divorce proceedings and suits affecting the parent-child relationship, and help them dissolve marriages and obtain desired parental plans.
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
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
President, Austin Bar Association, 2020 – present
Officer Positions, Austin Bar Association, 2017 – 2020
Board Member, Austin Bar Association, 2013 – present
Member, Austin Bar Association Equity Committee, 2020 – present
Chair, Austin Bar Association Publications/Website Committee, 2013 – 2019
Editor-in-Chief, Austin Lawyer, 2013 – 2019
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
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
Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, Wellness for Women Lawyers During Stressful Times; panelist for membership meeting on May 20, 2020.
Austin Bar Association, Landlord-Tenant Issues and COVID-19; moderator for panel presentation on April 24, 2020.
Robert K. Wise and Kennon L. Wooten, The Practitioner’s Guide to Properly Responding to Requests for Disclosure Under the Texas Discovery Rules, 50 St. Mary’s L.J. 601 (2019).
Texas Access to Justice Commission & Texas Access to Justice Foundation, Access to Justice: Breaking Barriers and Creating Solutions; Presented at Justice Baker Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas (for new Texas lawyers) on October 17, 2019.
Robert K. Wise and Kennon L. Wooten, A Guide to Taking and Resisting Discovery Under the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure (Tex. Lawyer 2019).
Robert K. Wise and Kennon L. Wooten, Dos and Don'ts of Discovery in Texas Proceedings; Presented at the Austin Bar Association’s Fourth Friday CLE Presentation on April 26, 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).