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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.



The University of Texas School of Law,
Texas State University,

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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



The Law as a Bond

June 14, 2017
The Texas Lawbook

The Best Lawyers in America Recognize 74 Bracewell Attorneys

August 15, 2016
Best Lawyers, Woodward White, Inc.

Texas Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes Thirty-Nine Bracewell Attorneys

August 19, 2013
Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters

Texas Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes Thirty-One Bracewell Attorneys

September 10, 2012
Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Eighty-Eight Bracewell Attorneys

August 23, 2012
Best Lawyers, Woodward White, Inc.

Frels takes helm at Center for Houston's Future

January 29, 2010
Houston Business Journal - Online



Woodward/White, Inc.
Best Lawyers
Education Law, 2008 - 2019
Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers
2003 - 2018
School Law Section State Bar of Texas
Kelly Frels Lifetime Achievement Award (Inaugural)
National School Boards Association
Chairman's Award for Lifetime Achievement
Education Law Association
McGhehey Award for Lifetime Service


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