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Kristina M. Williams Senior Attorney

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2011

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
    U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Education

University of Houston Law Center, J.D., summa cum laude, 2011

Texas A&M University, B.B.A., cum laude, 2008

Kristina M. Williams is a Senior Attorney in Dykema's Litigation Department focusing her practice on appellate litigation. Her experience includes representing clients before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Courts of Appeals, both in interlocutory and post-judgment appeals. Ms. Williams has a regular mandamus practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Texas Courts of Appeals. Ms. Williams has written over three dozen appellate briefs, presented three oral arguments, and sucessfully first-chaired one jury charge conference. She has briefed and/or argued wide variety of legal issues, including enforcement of arbitration awards, homeowners’ property rights, the right to candidacy under the First Amendment, breach of contract, torts, trademark issues, the Indian Gaming Rights Act, the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act exclusive remedy bar, and various Texas and federal procedural issues. In addition to her work in the appellate courts, Ms. Williams regularly handles substantive, research intensive motions and jury charges in the state and federal trial courts. Ms. Williams also has experience representing court-appointed fiduciaries in receiverships and in bankruptcies.

Prior to joining Dykema, Ms. Williams served as a law clerk for Judge Edith H. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht of the Supreme Court of Texas. While in law school, Ms. Williams served as a Judicial Intern for Justice Elsa Alcala on the First Court of Appeals of Texas and a Law Clerk to United States Senator John Cornyn's Senate Committee on the Judiciary staff.

Experience

Lead appellate counsel before the United States Supreme Court to amici curiae Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and American Probation and Parole Association in supporting petitioner challenging de-facto mandatory life-sentences-without-parole for youth. Jones v. Virginia, No. 16-1337 (2017).

Successfully presented oral argument for Appellee before the Dallas Court of Appeals in Acra v. Bonaudo, resulting in confirmation of arbitration award in favor of Appellee client. 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 4987 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2018).

Primary draftsman of Appellant’s briefs in appeal to the Fifth Circuit in Jacked Up, LLC v. Sara Lee Corp., 854 F.3d 797 (5th Cir. 2017), successfully obtaining reversal of summary judgment against Sara Lee in favor of entrepreneur client on breach of contract, fraud, and other claims.

Primary draftsman of Appellant Bank’s briefs in appeal to the Fifth Circuit in Reyna v. International Bank of Commerce, 839 F.3d 373 (5th Cir. 2016), successfully obtaining enforcement of the parties’ arbitration agreement and establishing precedent concerning the intersection of arbitration principles and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Primary draftsman of Appellee’s brief in appeal to the Fifth Circuit in Netsphere, Inc. v. Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, successfully defending fee application of court-appointed receiver and their counsel. 657 Fed. Appx. 320 (5th Cir. 2016).

Primary draftsman of Appellee’s brief in appeal to the Fifth Circuit in Test Masters Educ. Servs. v. Robin Singh Educ. Servs., achieving partial victory in trademark dispute. 799 F.3d 437 (5th Cir. 2015).

Primary draftsman of Reply Brief and presented oral argument on behalf of firefighter in appeal to the Fifth Circuit, clearly establishing the principle that candidacy for office alone is protected First Amendment speech for government employees. Phillips v. City of Dallas, 781 F.3d 772 (5th Cir. 2015).

Primary draftsman of Response to Petition to Review in Cardell Davis v. OneWest Bank N.A., 2015 Tex LEXIS 1045 (Tex. Nov. 20, 2015) successfully shutting down petition for review to the Supreme Court of Texas, without request for briefs on the merits, and securing final victory for bank in foreclosure case.

Primary draftsman of Response to Petition for Review and Response Brief on the Merits in Building Tomorrow’s Talent, LLC v. Sims, 2015 Tex. LEXIS 875 (Tex. Sept. 11, 2015), achieving denial of the petition before the Supreme Court of Texas, and leaving the Court of Appeals victory for Respondent undisturbed. 

Primary draftsman of Response to Petition for Review in Crow-Billingsley Air Park, Ltd. v. Air Park Common Area Pres. Ass’n, 2014 Tex. LEXIS 1076 (Tex. Oct. 24, 2014), successfully shutting down petition for review to the Supreme Court of Texas, without request for briefs on the merits, and securing final victory for homeowners in a major property rights case. 

Primary draftsman of prevailing Motion for Summary Judgement in Dakota Utility Contractors, Inc. v. Sterling Commercial Credit, LLC, et al., No. 91310 (D. Ellis Cnty., Tex. June 14, 2016), achieving summary judgment in favor of defendant account factors on the basis of the plain language of the Texas Construction Fund Statute.

Counsel to photography company in trademark registration before the United States Patent & Trademark Office, and achieved successful resolution of trademark dispute with competitor for client.

Memberships & Involvement

Austin Bar Association, Civil Appellate and Civil Litigation sections

Dallas Bar Association

The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies

Community/Civic Activities

Texas A&M Young Alumni Advisory Council, Member and Former Committee Chair (2011-2015)

Austin Pets Alive!, Volunteer (2015-present)

Texas A&M Women's Leadership Conference, Founder and Annual Speaker (2007-2015)

Andrews Kurth National Moot Court Championship, Citation Judge (2014, 2015)

Texas A&M Women's Former Student Network, Board Member and Committee Chair (2008-2011)  

Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star for Appellate and Business Litigation, 2017-2018

Recipient of the Buck Weirus Spirit Award from the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students, 2006