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Kendyl T. Hanks is an experienced appellate advocate who represents clients throughout the country in state and federal forums. Kendyl works with clients and trial teams in resolving high-stakes business disputes and litigating test cases involving constitutional rights, business and contract disputes, fraud and fiduciary duty claims, medical malpractice and similar tort liability, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, trade secrets, employment disputes, and other issues of importance to her business clients. In addition to federal and state appellate experience in numerous jurisdictions, Kendyl frequently works as embedded appellate counsel with trial teams to ensure minimization of risk and preservation of error for appeal.

In 2011, Kendyl was elected to the American Law Institute, considered to be one of the highest honors in the legal profession. Kendyl also serves on the Board of Trustees for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, an organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing.


  • State and federal appeals
  • Business and commercial litigation
  • Preservation of error during trial and preparation for appeal
  • Precedent-setting test cases
  • “Contort” litigation involving contract and tort disputes
  • Health care liability defense
  • Defense of governmental units against tort claims
  • Proportionate responsibility and contributory fault
  • Constitutional law
  • Employment litigation
  • Trade secrets



  • Staff Assistant and Projects Manager, Public Strategies Washington, Inc., August 1997-August 1998
  • Intern, Chambers of Justice Greg Abbott, Texas Supreme Court, January 2000-May 2000
  • Intern, Personal Office of Senator Tom Daschle, Summer 1997
  • Intern, Democratic National Committee, Summer 1996
  • Editorial Intern, Texas Observer, Spring 1995

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation, 2021-2024
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, Litigation: Appellate, 2023
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States
    • Dispute Resolution - Appellate: Court of Appeals, 2020-2021
    • Dispute Resolution - Appellate: Supreme Courts (States and Federal), 2020-2021
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2015-2023
    • Selected, “Top 50 Attorneys in Central and West Texas,” 2018-2022
    • Selected, “Top 50 Women Attorneys in Texas,” 2021
  • Listed, Austin Monthly Magazine, "Top Attorneys in Austin," 2020 and 2022
  • Listed, The New York Times Magazine “Top Women Lawyers in the New York Metro Area,” 2012
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New York Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2011-2012
  • Listed, Who’s Who in American Law, 2011-2012
  • Member, Pro Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2004-2008 and 2012
  • Elected Member, The American Law Institute, March 2011
  • Recipient, Texas Young Lawyers Association “President's Award of Merit,” 2006-2007
  • Listed, D Magazine, “Best Lawyers in Dallas Under 40,” May 2006
  • Listed, Texas Monthly magazine, “Texas Rising Star,” Appellate Law,2005-2006
  • Recipient, Travis County Women Lawyers Association “Pro Bono” award, 2004
  • Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Board of Trustees, 2018-Present
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, 2009-2012
    • House of Delegates, 2009-2012
    • Co-Chair, Section of Business Law, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee, Appellate Litigation Subcommittee, 2004-2018
    • Young Lawyers Division, Executive Board, 2009-2012
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
    • House of Delegates, 2009-2012
    • Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction, 2009-2011
  • Co-Chair, Princeton Women’s Network of NYC, 2009-2012
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2008-Present


  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2001
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Notes Editor, Texas Law Review
    • Peregrinus Consul Award
    • ABA Moot Court Competition, National Finalist
    • Susman Godfrey Moot Court Competition, Champion, Best Brief, Best Oralist
  • B.A., Politics, with honors and distinction, Princeton University, 1997
  • Texas
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas