Kris Algert brings to clients a wealth of experience in developing creative, individualized solutions for highly complex divorces. An innate problem-solver, Kris is adept at managing issues such as sharing or dividing complicated assets, complex characterization and handling unusual circumstances. Kris’ clients include professionals, politicians, celebrities and their spouses.

Kris is a strong advocate of the Collaborative Law process for its ability to custom-craft solutions and minimize conflict. She is knowledgeable on the impact of divorce on children, and works with clients to develop effective co-parenting relationships.

Recognizing that divorce complicates already-busy lives, Kris offers flexible scheduling and responsive support to meet clients’ needs. Her thoroughness and attention to details help cases move forward efficiently. In every case, Kris draws on her extensive experience to explore all possible options and outcomes with clients so they can make informed decisions about their futures.

Kris began practicing family law with Tom Ausley in 1991, and partnered with him in 1998. She is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has achieved Master Credentialed Collaborative Professional status.

She devotes considerable time and energy to collaborative professional organizations and has served as trustee and president of the board of the Collaborative Divorce Texas.  She also conducts collaborative trainings for other professionals.  Another passion of hers is ensuring access to justice for all through her involvement with Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas who bestowed upon her the J. Chrys Dougherty Award for dedication and commitment to access to justice for all.

Kris is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, and several other professional organizations. She has been named by Woodward White, Inc. the 2018 Best Lawyers® “Collaborative Law Lawyer of the Year” in Austin. She has been named a Texas Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly by Thomson Reuters each year since 2005 and a Best Lawyer in America by Woodward White, Inc. every year since 2007, several times with the distinction of being the best family law lawyer in Austin and/or the best collaborative family law lawyer in Austin. In 2013, Kris was named best lawyer of the year in the state of Texas in the practice area of Collaborative Law: Family Law.

Areas of Practice

Published Works

  • Author/Speaker: State Bar of Texas/Collaborative Law Course, I am the Best Thing to Happen to (Your) Client, 2017
  • Author/Co-Speaker: Collaborative Law Institute Minneapolis/St. Paul, Fostering Trusting Relationships in Your Practice Group, 2016
  • Author/Co-Speaker: State Bar of Texas/CLI-Tx Spring Conference, All In–How Committed Are You to the Process?, 2016
  • Author/Co-Speaker: IACP Pre-Forum/Networking & Educational Forum, Fostering Trusting Relationships in Your Practice Group, 2015
  • Author/Co-Speaker: State Bar of Texas/CLI-Tx Spring Conference, When Leveling the Playing Field Isn’t Enough: Addressing Power Imbalances Between Spouses Without Disrupting the Collaborative Team Structure, 2015
  • Author/Speaker: IACP Networking & Educational Forum, We’re All Porcupines: Fostering Trusting Relationships in Your Practice, 2014
  • Author: State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law: Start to Finish, Chapter 9 “Starting and Running a Successful Collaborative Practice”, 2014/2015
  • Co-Author/Co-Speaker: Collaborating the Later Life Divorce Baltimore, Maryland, 2012
  • Author: American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Journal Litigation, Divorce and Custody Claims in “GyneTech Scandals Send Stock into Free Fall” Vol. 38 No. 2, 2012
  • Author/Speaker: The Collaborative Institute-Unique Approaches in Collaborative Divorce, Collaborating the Later Life Divorce, 2012
  • The Collaborative Team: Who Plays What Role, Collaborative Divorce Texas, 2010
  • Author/Speaker: State Bar of Texas: Advanced Family Law Course, Creating a Collaborative Community, 2010
  • Author/Speaker: State Bar of Texas/CLI-Tx Spring Conference, Case Autopsy, 2010
  • Author/Speaker: State Bar of Texas/CLI-Tx Spring Conference, Negotiating from the Middle Collaborative Law Negotiations: Redefining Control, 2009
  • Author/Speaker: UT Parenting Plan Conference, Identifying Parental Interests in Parent-Child Relationships, 2007
  • Author/Speaker: State Bar of Texas: Advanced Family Law Course, Protecting Your Client’s Interests Through the Process, 2006
  • Author: State Bar of Texas: TAFLS Trial Institute, Litigation Alternative – Collaborative Law, 2006
  • Author/Speaker: State Bar of Texas: Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, Drafting for Your Collaborative Practice, 2005
  • Author: State Bar of Texas: Trial Notebook, Pre-Trial & Scheduling Orders, 2004
  • Author: State Bar of Texas: Advanced Family Law, Characterization Presumptions & Tracing Methods, 2003
  • Author: State Bar of Texas: Advanced Family Law, Valuation and Appraisals, 1997
  • Author/Speaker: Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas Seminars, Beyond Basic Property Issues, 2004
  • Author/Speaker: Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas Seminars, Divorce Procedures, 2003-2008
  • Author/Speaker: Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas Seminars, Domestic Violence, 2002
  • Author/Speaker: Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas Seminars, Property Issues and Closing the File, 1999-2002

Education

  • Baylor University School of Law, 1988
    • J.D., Law
  • Baylor University,1984
    • B.A., English

Presentations

  • “Negotiation is a Privilege; Litigation is a Right: Negotiating a Better Outcome with the Collaborative Law Process,” State Bar Annual Meeting, 2018
  • Panelist: CLI-Tx Advanced Interdisciplinary Training, Negotiation Workbook, 2014
  • Moderator: Collaborative Program, Advanced Family Law Course, 2011
  • Speaker: State Bar of Texas/CLI-Tx Spring Conference, Unusual Process Challenges, 2011
  • Speaker: State Bar of Texas/CLI-Tx Spring Conference, Nuts & Bolts: Paradigm Shift, 2011
  • Speaker: IACP 11th Anniversary Forum The Late Life Divorce, 2010
  • Speaker: State Bar of Texas/CLI-Tx Spring Conference, Case Autopsy, 2008
  • Speaker: State Bar of Texas/CLI-Tx Spring Conference, Nuts & Bolts: Protocols, 2008
  • Course Director: Collaborative Law Institute of Texas Spring Retreat, 2007
  • Assistant Course Director: Collaborative Law Institute of Texas Spring Retreat, 2006
  • Panelist: Collaborative Law Institute of Texas: 3rd Annual Spring retreat: Getting Comfortable with Discomfort, 2006
  • Panelist Collaborative Law Institute of Texas: 2nd Annual Spring Retreat: Evolution of Collaborative Practice, 2005

Honors & Awards

  • Named the Best Lawyers© Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin, Woodward and White Press, 2019
  • Named the Best Lawyers© Collaborative Law: Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin, Woodward and White Press, 2018
  • Named the Best Lawyers© Collaborative Law: Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin, Woodward and White Press, 2016
  • Named the Best Lawyers© Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin, Woodward and White Press, 2015
  • Named the Best Lawyers© Collaborative Law: Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin, Woodward and White Press, 2013
  • Named the Best Lawyers© Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin, Woodward and White Press, 2011
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Thomson Reuters, 2005 – 2018
  • Recipient of the J. Chrys Dougherty Award for dedication and commitment to access to justice for all, 2015
  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law, Woodward and White Press, 2007 – 2019
  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law Mediation, Woodward and White Press, 2008 – 2019
  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Collaborative Law: Family Law, Woodward and White Press, 2008 – 2019
  • “AV” rating, Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1988

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Member
  • Austin Bar Association, Family Law Section
    • Member
  • Baylor Law Alumni Association
    • Member
  • Collaborative Divorce Texas (f/k/a Collaborative Law Institute of Texas)
    • Board of Trustees, 2007-2013
    • President Elect 2008-2010
    • President 2010-2012
    • Member
  • College of the State Bar
    • Member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
    • Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
    • Member
    • Life Fellow
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
    • Member
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Legal Assistant Commission, 2001-2004
  • Texas College of Collaborative Law
    • Member
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
    • Member
  • Travis County Family Law Advocates
    • Member
  • Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
    • Program Services Committee Chair, 2005-present
    • Board of Directors, 2001- 2014
    • Treasurer 2005-2006
    • Secretary 2003-2004

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