Auld promoted to Kelly Hart's managing partner, first woman in post

Marianne Auld Kelly Hart Hallman Fort Worth law firm

Kelly Hart & Hallman said Tuesday it named Marianne Auld its new managing partner, succeeding Dee Kelly Jr., who stepped down from the post at the end of 2016.

Auld, a prominent appellate lawyer at the firm, is Kelly Hart’s third managing partner in the firm’s 38 years – following Mark Hart and Dee Kelly Jr. – and its first woman managing partner.

"After 11 years, I thought this was a perfect time to transition leadership of the firm, and I am thrilled to have Marianne succeed me in my role as managing partner,“ Kelly said in a release. “She represents the best of Kelly Hart – in her extraordinary commitment to both client and community service. Our firm has seen tremendous growth during the last decade, and I am confident it will continue under Marianne’s leadership.”

“It is an honor and privilege to serve as managing partner,” Auld said in the release. “With a combination of experienced lawyers and a new generation of dynamic partners in all practice areas, Kelly Hart is well-positioned to service the rapidly changing legal needs of our clients. We are extremely grateful to Dee for his leadership and contributions to our success over the past eleven years, and we are happy he’s agreed to remain in a leadership position with the firm."

Auld, who is chair of the Kelly Hart appellate practice, took over her new post Jan. 1. Kelly, son of the firm’s co-founder Dee Kelly Sr., had served as managing partner since 2006.

Auld will provide strategic leadership and direction, manage more than 350 employees, and coordinate recruiting and community initiatives for the firm. She graduated first in her class from the Baylor University School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Baylor Law Review. Following law school, she was a law clerk for Thomas M. Reavley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Auld serves on the board of the Day Resource Center for the Homeless and board of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.