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About Kelly

Kelly Frels served as the firm's managing partner from 1995 - 2001 and as managing partner of the Houston office from 2001 -  2003.

He has been an attorney for public and private schools, community colleges, universities and other public bodies for more than 45 years. His current focus is providing counsel in governance, employment, desegregation and other civil rights issues. He also serves as a mediator in complex education disputes. Kelly was lead attorney for the Houston Independent School District (HISD) in its successful transition from a segregated to an integrated system in the 1970s and 1980s. He assisted HISD in establishing the Houston Community College as a component of HISD and later helped the community college become an independent entity.

His involvement in representing public school districts led him and five others to organize the School Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, which he later chaired. He served as president of the Houston Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas.

Credentials

Education

J.D.,
The University of Texas School of Law
1970
B.S.,
Texas State University
1966

Bar Admissions

Texas

Affiliations

National School Boards Association
Council of School Attorneys Chair, 1977 - 1978
School Law Section State Bar of Texas
Chair, 1977 -1978
Education Law Association
President, 1978 - 1979

News

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Woodward/White, Inc.
Best Lawyers
2008 - 2017
Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers
2003 - 2016
School Law Section State Bar of Texas
Kelly Frels Lifetime Achievement Award (Inaugural)
2012
National School Boards Association
Chairman's Award for Lifetime Achievement
2004
Education Law Association
McGhehey Award for Lifetime Service
1991