Kurt Kuhn is known across Texas as a leading appellate attorney, and has successfully advocated on behalf of clients in numerous cases before the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas courts of appeals, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Kurt is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer in Appellate Law.
After ten years at a major Texas law firm during which he was a partner and Chair of the Appellate Practice Group, Kurt founded an appellate law boutique in Austin handling appeals and advanced motions across Texas. Kurt also serves as an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law. Previously, he worked as an assistant solicitor general for Texas, representing the state in both civil and criminal appeals all the way from the trial court to the United States Supreme Court. Kurt began his legal career as a law clerk for the late United States District Judge H. Franklin Waters, Chief Judge of the Western District of Arkansas.
Kurt is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as an executive editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review. Widely-recognized for his speeches and articles on legal issues, he is frequently quoted as an expert on appeals and the courts by publications such as Texas Lawyer. Kurt is a two-time recipient of the Helen Cassidy Award, given to the presenter who receives the highest evaluations at the state bar’s Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course.
Lisa Bowlin Hobbs
Lisa Bowlin Hobbs became known across Texas when, at the age of 30, she was picked by the Texas Supreme Court as its first ever General Counsel. In this capacity, she provided legal advice to Texas’ highest civil court on a broad range of matters, including ethical issues, open records requests, employment issues, and fiscal matters. She held primary responsibility for the Chief Justice’s administrative duties, including establishing judicial policy, and the court’s administrative docket; she oversaw pending litigation; and she served as liaison for Court to the legislative and executive branches, the regional presiding judges, and the chief justices of the intermediate appellate courts. Prior to serving as General Counsel, she was the Court’s Rules Attorney.
These unique experiences within the Texas judiciary are apparent in Lisa’s work in private practice. She prides herself in her judicial-centered approach to appellate advocacy. And her insight into the judicial process allows for innovative appellate strategy that makes clients return to her for advice again and again.
Lisa currently teaches Texas Civil Procedure at the University of Texas School of Law. She is a member of the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee and serves on the editorial board of The Advocate, a quarterly publication of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.
Lisa was recently named a “Legal Leader on the Rise”—one of the top 25 lawyers in Texas under the age of 40—by Texas Lawyer magazine. After deeming her a “Rising Star” in appellate law since 2006, that same publication finally in 2013—at only 37 years old—recognized her as a “Super Lawyer.” Less than 5% of all attorneys in the State receive this honor.
Lisa is active in the bar. She co-chairs the Amicus Committee of the State Bar Appellate Section and is Chair of the Travis County Women Lawyers Foundation. She has previously chaired the Austin Bar Association Civil Appellate Section and served on the Austin Bar Board.
Before becoming a Founding Member of Kuhn Hobbs PLLC, Lisa practiced at in the appellate section at Vinson & Elkins LLP. She is an honors graduate of The University of Texas School of Law and graduated summa cum laude from Houston Baptist University. Lisa began her legal career as a law clerk for the late Texas Supreme Court Justice James A. Baker.
Lisa loves the law yet still attempts to minimize the time she spends in the office. She would much prefer playing and cuddling with her two kids, training for her next triathlon, or listening to music (preferably live) with her handsome husband, Jeff. The Hobbses are committed and passionate members of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, the live music capital of Northwest Austin.