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Smith, Kristin L.
Kristin L. Smith
P: +1.713.221.1205
F: +1.800.404.3970

Alexandra Kelsey


Kristin Smith is a member of the education law group in the firm's Houston office. Kristin’s practice focuses exclusively on independent and private schools. She assists schools in a variety of areas, including: student and employee discipline; faculty, staff and student contract drafting; handbook and policy drafting and enforcement; LGBTQ issues; governance and training; and, investigations, litigation, arbitration and mediation. Prior to joining Bracewell, Kristin practiced law at Minnesota’s largest firm, Faegre Baker Daniels.

Representative Matters

Counsel independent k-12 school regarding inappropriate cyber behavior by students and parents

Advise independent k-12 school on child protective services reporting obligations

Conduct investigation regarding alleged sexual misconduct for independent pre-k – 12 school

Review and revise student and employee handbooks and contracts for independent pre-k – 12 school

Analyze and revise bylaws and articles of incorporation for k-8 independent, religious school

Governance training for Board of Trustees of international pre-k – 12 school

Research regarding starting a technical high school for private school Board of Trustees

Arbitrate construction defect claim for independent k-12 school

Represent private college in a products liability claim

Represent private college in construction dispute


National Association of Episcopal Schools

Independent Schools Association of the Southwest

Southern Association of Independent Schools

Houston Association of Independent Schools

Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools

Georgia Independent School Association


J.D., magna cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law, 2001
M.A., University of Minnesota, 1998
B.B.A., University of Minnesota, 1997

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court Minnesota


Texas State Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
American Bar Association
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Endowment Board (2009 - 2010)
Dress for Success Houston, Advisory Board (2011 - present)
Episcopal High School, Volunteer (July 2007 - present)
St. Luke’s Day School, Volunteer (August 2012 - August 2015)
Awty International School, Volunteer (August 2015 - Present)


Thomson Reuters, Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014-2015
Thomson Reuters, Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2005-2006