RESPECTFUL, CONSTRUCTIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING TO MEET THE FUTURE WITH CONFIDENCE
Kris Algert on Your Family and Your Future:
Regardless of background or economic status, I treat my clients and their families with respect and dignity as I work with them to negotiate pre-and post-marital agreements or divorce settlements. I provide clients with a roadmap that starts with understanding my client’s needs, goals, and values, and ends with finding, evaluating and implementing constructive solutions.
My clients include busy professionals, parents, retirees, business owners, politicians, celebrities, and their partners who want to problem-solve efficiently, minimize the impact of divorce on family relationships and the financial estate, and who value a pro-active, solution-oriented approach. I strongly support the Collaborative Family Law Process for those that can do it because it offers clients the ability to control the outcome; determine their financial future; and create a solid co-parenting relationship. The Collaborative Process offers efficiencies that a more traditional legal process does not.
- Ease the process of divorce or pre-post marital agreement negotiation by listening and supporting clients where they are emotionally, being extremely responsive and efficient, and offering flexibility in their already busy lives.
- Move cases forward by identifying and untangling complex issues, obstacles, and impasses and promoting a pro-active, solutions-oriented approach.
- Explore all possible options and outcomes so clients can make fully informed decisions about their futures.
- Negotiate most desired options after thorough research, thoughtful analysis and attention to detail.
- Avoid adversarial techniques or tactics to preserve relationships and resolve the family issue with a spirit of cooperation.
- Navigate the challenges that may arise if someone suffers from mental health or substance abuse issues.
Kris Algert is among the most accomplished and recognized Collaborative Family Law professionals in Texas. She brings clients a wealth of experience in developing creative, individualized solutions in highly challenging and complex divorces. She is a Master-Credentialed Collaborative Professional, has received the Gay G. Cox Award for Excellence in Collaborative Law, served as a board member and president of the statewide organization Collaborative Divorce Texas, and conducts collaborative trainings for lawyers, mental health professionals, and financial professionals.
Kris is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a group of preeminent family law practitioners in the United States who have been recognized with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity. She is also Board-Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a member of numerous other professional organizations.
Kris is especially skilled at negotiating and drafting premarital and post-marital/partition agreements; characterizing assets; dividing complex estates; valuing businesses and other property; child custody, visitation; alimony and child support; and managing high-conflict situations especially those that arise because of the existence of mental health issues or substance abuse.
Kris has been named Best Lawyers© Collaborative Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin in 2013, 2016, 2018, and 2020, Best Lawyers© Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin in 2011 and 2015 and Best Lawyers© Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin in 2019.
When Kris is not practicing law, she loves being active and especially doing anything outdoors–running, biking, hiking, playing tennis, and hunting for shells on Destin, Florida beaches. Highly goal-oriented, Kris has run several marathons over the last 30 years and is always looking for ways to challenge herself physically and mentally.
Kris enjoys discovering and learning whether that is from reading a book, attending a lecture, or taking a class. Currently, she is studying Insight Theory and conflict resolution generally to better understand how people, organizations, and governments approach and resolve conflicts.
Areas of Practice
- “Succeeding Collaboratively with the Impossible Case”, Collaborative Law: Avoid Breaking Bad When Breaking Up, State Bar of Texas, 2019
- 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
- Baylor University School of Law, 1988
- J.D., Law
- Baylor University,1984
- B.A., English
- Panelist, “Collaborative Law Basics and the Paralegal’s Influential and Important Role”, State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division, TAPS Seminar, 2019
- Basic Collaborative Interdisciplinary Training, Collaborative Divorce Texas, Instructor, 2019
- “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
- Austin’s Top Attorneys, Austin Monthly Magazine, 2020
- Recipient of the Gay G. Cox Award, Collaborative Divorce Texas, 2019
- 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, 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2020
- Named the Best Lawyers© Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin, Woodward and White Press, 2011 and 2015
- Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Thomson Reuters, 2005 – 2019
- Selected to the “Top 50: Central/ West Texas Super Lawyers”, Thomson Reuters, 2019
- 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 – 2021
- Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law Mediation, Woodward and White Press, 2008 – 2021
- Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Collaborative Law: Family Law, Woodward and White Press, 2008 – 2021
- “AV” rating, Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory
- Texas, 1988
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- Austin Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Baylor Law Alumni Association
- Collaborative Divorce Texas (f/k/a Collaborative Law Institute of Texas)
- Board of Trustees, 2007-2013
- President Elect 2008-2010
- President 2010-2012
- Advanced Training, 2019
- College of the State Bar
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
- State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
- Life Fellow
- Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
- Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Legal Assistant Commission, 2001-2004
- Texas College of Collaborative Law
- Texas Family Law Foundation
- Travis County Family Law Advocates
- Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
- Program Services Committee Chair, 2005-present
- Board of Directors, 2001- 2014
- Treasurer 2005-2006
- Secretary 2003-2004
- Top 10 Reasons for a Collaborative Divorce in Texas
- Top Five Reasons to Consider a Collaborative Divorce During Coronavirus (Covid-19)
- COVID-19, Recession, and Divorce: Five Tips for Making Smart Decisions
- Keeping the House but Dividing the Equity
- Divorcing the Angry, Raging Spouse
- 4 Tips for a Successful Collaborative Divorce if Your Spouse is a Narcissist
- Tips for Staying on the High Road During a Divorce
- Minimize Surprises
- Divorcing a Narcissist (or Any Other Really Difficult Person)
- Facing Your Post-Divorce Future with Confidence
- Leveling the Divorce Playing Field
- Should You Say “I Do” to a Premarital Agreement