Texas appellate boutique law firm Kuhn Hobbs PLLC rings in the New Year with the announcement of both the recent opening of a Houston office and the addition of a new partner, Karlene Poll.
“Karlene is an experienced appellate lawyer, who has also worked at every level of Texas appellate courts,” said Lisa Hobbs, Founding Partner of Kuhn Hobbs. “We are proud to have such a skilled and respected attorney to open our Houston office.”
Before joining Kuhn Hobbs PLLC, Karlene was a staff attorney for Chief Justice Sherry Radack on the First District Court of Appeals in Houston. Prior to that, Karlene worked in the appellate section of Baker Botts LLP, where she served as lead appellate counsel and argued cases before the Texas Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Texas courts of appeals. Texas Monthly magazine rated her an appellate practice “Rising Star” her last three years at Baker Botts. At Baker Botts, she developed particular expertise in Texas jury charge practice, often joining trial teams to write and argue motions, advise on legal strategies and error preservation, and handle jury-charge conferences and post-trial motions.
Karlene graduated salutatorian from South Texas College of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the South Texas Law Review. She began her legal career as a law clerk for the late Texas Supreme Court Justice James A. Baker, and then as a law clerk for the Honorable Harold R. DeMoss Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
While Karlene is excited to resume her career providing appellate services and trial support, she also plans to devote a portion of her practice to ad litem and appellate court appointments representing children and parents in Child Protective Services cases. She stated, “I am thrilled with the opportunity to join such a high-caliber appellate firm with partners willing not only to accommodate, but embrace, my desire to devote a portion of our firm’s time and resources contributing to this area of need in the legal community.” Karlene’s extensive pro bono work includes representation in the family courts through the Houston Bar Volunteer Lawyers program, staffing legal clinics for HIV/AIDS patients, and representation of military veterans in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. As lead attorney, she took a criminal pro bono case all the way to the United States Supreme Court, where she obtained a reversal for her client.
Founding Partner Kurt Kuhn explained that Karlene was the perfect match for the firm’s culture and client needs, “Karlene has demonstrated not just that she is an exceptionally talented appellate attorney, but also that she recognizes–as we do here at Kuhn Hobbs–the duty of every attorney to use his or her talents to make the world a better place.” Kuhn added, “Karlene is a wonderful addition to our team, and adding the Houston office enhances our ability to service our clients’ needs across Texas.”
The new Kuhn Hobbs office is located at 2310 Rutland, Houston, Texas 77008.
Karlene can be reached at Karlene@KuhnHobbs.com or 713.334.1530.