Panelist Profile: Kennedy, Katie

Kennedy, Katie

Kennedy, Katie

Arbitrator and Mediator

Marital Status: Married
Children: 2


Katie Kennedy received her B. A. Summa Cum Laude from Rhodes College in 1981 and her J. D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1984. While at Vanderbilt, she served as an Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. After graduation from law school, Judge Kennedy served as a Law Clerk for Senior United States Circuit Judge Bailey Brown on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.


She joined the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani in 1985 and practiced commercial litigation until she was elected to the bench of the 164th District Court in 1992. She was reelected in 1996. Judge Kennedy resigned from the bench in December 1999.
Since resigning from the bench, Judge Kennedy has served for the past 14 years as an Assigned Judge in the courts of the State of Texas sitting primarily in Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Waller, Brazoria, and Polk Counties. She has also mediated and arbitrated hundreds of disputes involving all areas of civil law. She has served as a Court Appointed Special Master in numerous cases.
In the 2010 Judicial Candidate Qualification Poll, Judge Kennedy received more Well Qualified ratings than any District Judge candidate, whether Democrat or Republican, incumbent or challenger.
In the 2005 Houston Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Poll, which rates Federal, State, Municipal, and Visiting Trial Judges, Judge Kennedy received an Outstanding Rating of 73.7%, one of the highest ratings of the entire poll. While she was on the bench, Judge Kennedy was consistently one of the highest rated judges in the Houston Bar Association’s Judicial Qualification and Evaluation polls. In the Houston Bar Association’s 1999 Judicial Evaluation Poll, she received the highest rating of any state district judge. In 1998, she was one of three judges statewide appointed by the Texas Supreme Court as a member of the Judicial Campaign Finance Study Committee.
The Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists selected Judge Kennedy as the 1999 Trial Judge of the Year. The Houston Chronicle and Texas Executive Women honored her as a 1999 Woman on the Move.
She served as an appointed Commissioner on the Texas Access to Justice Commission from 2007-2013. The Texas Supreme Court created the to oversee the agencies that provide civil legal services for indigent Texans.

Membership & Affiliations

She is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation, Houston Bar Foundation, and Houston Bar Association (“HBA”). She serves as a representative of the HBA on the Houston Lawyer Referral Service Board of Directors. She has served on the HBA ADR Committee, which oversees the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center. She performs numerous pro bono mediations and arbitrations for the Dispute Resolution Center.
She is admitted to practice in the Texas and Georgia state courts; the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, and Tenth Circuits; and the United States District Court for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas.


$500/hour for a half day mediation with a minimum of 4 hours billed; $500 per hour for a full day mediation with a minimum of 8 hours billed. The fees will be divided evenly between two sides. If there is more than two separately represented parties to the mediation, there will be an additional $50 per hour per separately represented group. The full fee will be divided by the number of separately respresented group attending the mediation. For example, if the mediation takes place between the plaintiff and two separately represented defenants, the fee will be $550 per hour divided by 3. If four parties the fee will be $600 per hour divided by 4, and so on.

$225/hour per separately represented party

Katie Kennedy is an experienced panelist for Conflict Solutions of Texas, the state's premier roster of attorney mediators and arbitrators. CS of TX offers a broad range of services to resolve disputes and are designed to be more cost-effective and timely than conventional arbitration offerings.