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Kim J. Askew

Partner
+1.214.939.5579
Fax +1.214.939.5849

Ms. Askew represents clients in significant and often high-profile business disputes in a variety of industries. She also represents clients in significant employment matters involving claims of race, disability, gender and age discrimination, sexual harassment and in litigation involving business torts, trade secrets, non-compete, and non-solicitation and employment agreements. She has successfully tried cases to jury and non-jury verdicts in state and federal courts around the country and has handled appeals before federal and Texas appellate courts.

In 2005 and 2012-18, Lawdragon listed her as one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” and Benchmark has frequently named her one of the “Top 250 Women In Litigation.” In 2017, the Dallas Bar Association awarded her its inaugural Distinguished Service Award, which it then named in her honor. The 25th anniversary issue of Texas Lawyer selected her as one of the “25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century.” In 2014, Texas Lawyer awarded her its inaugural “Lifetime Achiever-Winning Women Lawyers” award for being “a woman that clearly stands out among her peers.” She has been included in the “Best Lawyers in America” for Commercial Litigation for more than ten years and as a Texas “Super Lawyer” since 2002. D Magazine has repeatedly selected her as one of the “Best Lawyers” in Dallas. She has received the highest awards for professionalism, including the Fifth Circuit Award for Professionalism, the Dallas Bar Association and Texas Center for Legal Ethics Morris Harrell Professionalism Award and the Luther Soules III Award for Professionalism presented by the State Bar of Texas. Since 2014, Texas Super Lawyers has named her to the lists of “The Top 100 Lawyers in Texas,” The Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas,” and “The Top 100” Lawyers in the Dallas Fort Worth region. In 2015, the American Bar Association awarded her The “Spirit of Excellence” Award for her ground-breaking work on diversity in the legal profession.

Ms. Askew is a long-time leader in the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, and Dallas Bar Association. She leads the Texas delegation in the ABA House of Delegates, and has served as Past Chair of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association, the first lawyer of color to serve as chair, and as chair of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. She is a member of the Council and the Membership Committee of The American Law Institute and has chaired key ALI committees. She chaired the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors in 2003-04 after prior service as chair of the Section of Litigation and the Continuing Legal Education Committee.

Ms. Askew has written numerous articles and frequently speaks on discovery, evidentiary, business litigation, and employment law topics, and has received the Gene Cavin Award, the highest recognition from the State Bar of Texas for contributions to continuing legal education. She serves on the boards of local and national civic, charitable and professional organizations.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Litigation

Professional Background

  • Clerkship with Jerry Buchmeyer, former Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1983-84

Achievements

  • Dallas 500; The Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth, 2015-2018
  • American Inns of Court, 2015 Professionalism Award for the Fifth Circuit
  • Benchmark, Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2015-2017
  • American Bar Association, Spirit of Excellence Award, 2015 
  • Dallas Women’s Foundation, Maura Award: “Women Helping Women Award”, 2015
  • “The Dallas 500” by D CEO Magazine, 2015
  • Flame of Honor Award, Southwest Jewish Congress, 2014
  • Lifetime Achiever Award, Texas Lawyer-Winning Women Lawyers, 2014
  • Super Lawyer, “The Top 100 Lawyers in Texas,” The Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas”, “The Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas, Fort Worth Region” 2014 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association and The Texas Center for Legal Ethics Morris Harrell Professionalism Award, 2013
  • The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys – Top 100, Human Resource Executive, 2012, 2015 and 2016
  • Luther (Luke) Soules III Professionalism Award, State Bar of Texas Section of Litigation, 2012
  • Lawdragon 500, The Leading Lawyers in America, 2005, 2012-2018
  • 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century, 2010, Texas Lawyer
  • Fellow, Litigation Council of America
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award, Dallas Bar Association, 2010
  • Inaugural List, Best Women Lawyers in Dallas, Labor and Employment, D Magazine, 2010
  • Extraordinary Women in Texas Law - 2008, Texas Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly, 2002 - 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation; Labor and Employment, 2002 - 2017
  • Dynamic Lawyers in Dallas 2007, Eclipse Magazine
  • Dallas Junior Forum, Women of Distinction Award, 2007
  • Profiles in Leadership Award - Women's Symposium, Southern Methodist University, 2007
  • Women Who Soar Award, 2007
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, Labor and Employment, D Magazine, 2013-2018
  • She Knows Where She's Going Award, Girls Inc. of Dallas, 2004
  • Trailblazer Award, J. L. Turner Legal Association, 2003
  • Louise Raggio Award, Dallas Women Lawyers Association, 2003
  • Presidential Citations, State Bar of Texas, 2000 and 2004
  • Gene Cavin Award (outstanding CLE), State Bar of Texas, 1999
  • Outstanding Alumnae, Georgetown University Law School, 1999

Professional/Civic Activities

    • American Law Institute
      • Council
      • Membership Committee
      • Former Member, Board of Directors, ALI-ABA
      • Chair, Outreach Committee, 2009-2011
      • Chair and Member, Committee on Institute Size, 2005-2009
      • Member, Special Committee on Strategic Communications, 2007
    • American Bar Association
      • Member, House of Delegates (Texas State Delegate; previously delegate for the Dallas Bar Association and Section of Litigation)
      • Steering Committee of the Nominating Committee 2014-2016
      • Section Officers Conference
      • Rules and Calendar, 2004-2006 and 2014-2016
      • Presidential Nominations Committee, 2005 and 2012
      • House Select Committee, 2010-2012
      • Council for the Fund for Justice and Education, 2004-2005
      • Standing Committees
        • Chair, Public Education, 2011-2014
        • Chair, Federal Judiciary, 2008-2010 (Member 2005-2008)
        • Continuing Legal Education, 2000
        • Meetings and Travel, 1997-2000
        • Gavel Awards, 1991
    • Commission on Women in the Profession, 1993-1997
    • Section of Litigation
      • Section Delegate, 2010-2014
      • Past Chair
      • Immediate Past Chair, 2007
      • Chair, 2006-2007
      • Chair-Elect, 2005
      • Vice Chair, 2004
      • Secretary, 2002
      • Reserves Committee, 2004
      • Finance Committee, 2004
      • Diversity Plan Implementation Working Group, 2004
      • Task Force on the Minority Trial Lawyer
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Special Committee to Select ABA Delegates, 2017 and 2018 
    • Chair, Board of Directors, 2003-2004
    • Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors, 2004-2005
    • Board of Directors, 2001-2005
    • Chair, Section of Litigation, 2001-2002, Emeritus Member
    • Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1997-2000
    • Chair, Evidentiary Panel, District 6A Grievance Committee, 1997
  • Dallas Bar Foundation
    • Board of Directors
    • Treasurer 2018
    • Chair, Grants Committee 2017
    • Fellows Chair, 2014-2016
    • Fellows Vice Chair, 2013
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Chair, Special Committee to Select Executive Director 2016
    • Co-Chair, Ethics Committee 2015
    • Chair, Morris Harrell Professionalism Committee, 2012-2014
    • Representative to ABA House of Delegates, 2001-2010
    • At-Large Member, Board of Directors 2010-2012
    • Advisory Member, Board of Directors, 2001-2010
    • Co-Chair, Strategic Planning – Vision 2020 Commission, 2010
    • Former Co-Chair, Judiciary Committee; Member 2013
    • Former Member, Diversity Committee
  • Texas Women Lawyers
  • Georgetown University
    • Board of Visitors – Law School
    • Board of Regents (2000-2006)
  • Dallas Citizens Council, since 2007
    • Board of Directors 2009-2016
  • Board of Directors, National Women’s Law Center
    • Chair Audit Committee since 2014
  • Board of Directors, International Women’s Forum (President 2015-2017)
  • Board of Directors, Baptist Foundation of Texas (now HighGround Advisors; Board oversees $2.5 billion in assets)
    • Chair of Board 2014-Present (led Board through transition from Baptist Foundation of Texas to HighGround Advisors)
  • Board of Directors, Center for American and International Law
  • Board of Directors and Co-Chair, Evaluation Committee, Dallas Committee for a Qualified Judiciary
  • Board of Visitors, UT Southwestern Medical Center
    • Member of Audit Committee, 2016-Present
  • Former Director, Board of Directors, Family Compass
  • Former Director, Board of Directors, Turtle Creek Association
    • Chair of Board, 2015-2017
  • Board of Directors, Dallas Museum of Art
    • Executive Committee, 2004-2006, 2008-2016
  • Former Director, NAWL Foundation
  • Former Director, Dallas Theatre Center
  • Former Member, Advisory Council, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts
  • Former Director, Victims Outreach
  • Former Director, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Trustee, Paul Quinn College
  • Former Director and Executive Committee, Junior League of Dallas

Speaking Engagements

  • “Know Your Gatekeeper”: How to Ensure Admission of Evidence of Scientific Opinion Evidence in Your Jurisdiction, ABA Section of Litigation, 2018 Annual Conference, May 2018
  • Women in the Law 2018; Forging Your Path to Success, Texas Bar CLE, March 2018
  • Federal Case law Update, 26th Annual Course Advanced Employment Law, Texas Bar CLE, January 2018
  • Daubert Issues: ABA Section of Litigation, 2017 Annual Conference, May 2017
  • Legal Issues in Museum Administration: Employment Classification Conundrums, ALI, March 2017
  • Essentials of Business Law: The Litigation Front in Employment Litigation, Texas Bar CLE, March 2017
  • Privileges Update, 28th, 29th and 30th Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Courses, Texas Bar CLE, 2015-2017 (Course Director in 2017)
  • Managing Discovery by the Book: Spoliation, Litigation Holds and Privileges, Texas Bar CLE, March 2016
  • Hot Topics in Employment Law, Texas Association of Defense Council Annual Meeting, September 2014
  • Moderator, What Corporate America Really Expects From its Lawyers, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 2014
  • Panelist, It's Complicated: Tips for Making Complex Cases Simple, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 2014
  • Privileges Update 2014, 27th Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, Texas Bar CLE April and May 2014
  • Course Co-Director, Women in the Law, Texas Bar CLE, March 2014
  • Presentation of Complex Claims, Advanced Trial Strategies Course, Texas Bar CLE, February 2014
  • Panelist, Appellate Advocacy Relating to Damages, Texas Bar CLE, Damages in Civil Litigation, February 2014
  • Panelist, Presentation in Trial: Evidence and Discovery, Texas Bar CLE, Advanced Trial Strategies, February 2013
  • Panelist, Winning Big for Big Business, Choosing and Courting a Jury, Texas Bar CLE, March 2013
  • Privileges Update 2013, 26th Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, Texas Bar CLE, April and May 2013
  • Panelist, Cracking the Glass Ceiling, Dallas Bar Association Diversity Summit, November 2012
  • Panelist, The Pipeline to Equity Partnership: The Skills, Strategies and Stumbling Blocks Senior Women Lawyers Encounter on their Path to Reach Equity Status, National Association of Women Lawyers – P2P The Pipeline to Equity Partnership, September 2012
  • Privileges Update 2011-2012, Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, Texas Bar CLE, April and May 2012
  • New Lawyer Course, How to Succeed in Your First Trial or Transaction, State Bar of Texas, 2005-2013
  • Employment Issues that Creep into Business Tort Cases, 3rd Annual Business Torts Institute, State Bar of Texas, 2011 and 2012
  • Current Developments in Employment Law, Texas Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, September 2011
  • Women’s Power Summit on Law & Leadership, University of Texas, April 2011
  • Negotiation Skills for Lawyers, The Fourth Women in Law Leadership Academy, American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, April 2010
  • State and Federal Privileges Update 2009, 21st Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Update, State Bar of Texas, May 2009
  • Privileges, 20th Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas, May 2008
  • State and Federal Privileges Update 2008, Litigation Update Institute, State Bar of Texas, January 2008
  • Privileges, 19th Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course,State Bar of Texas, May 2007
  • Privileges, 18th Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas, May 2006
  • Civil Procedure Update: Discovery and Evidence, Litigation Update Institute 2006, State Bar of Texas, January 2006
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Update Institute 2006, Civil Procedure Update: Discovery and Evidence, January 2006
  • Age Issues in the New Millennium, Employment Law and Litigation Institute, Georgetown University Law Center Continuing Legal Education, April 2004
  • Experts in Employment Law Litigation, 4th Annual Advanced Expert Witness Course, State Bar of Texas, 2004
  • State Bar of Texas, Ultimate Trial Notebook 2004, Evidence Panel
  • State Bar of Texas, New Lawyer Course, Your Day in Court — Getting Through Your First Trial like a Pro, March 2004
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Update Institute,  Discovery and Privileges Update 2003-2004
  • State Bar of Texas,  Advanced Civil Trial Course, Privilege Update 2003
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced In-House Counsel Course, 2003
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Update Institute, Discovery and Procedure Update 2002-03, January 2003
  • Texas Business Litigation Update 2002-03, State Bar College Spring Training, 2003
  • Discovery and Privileges Update 2003, Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas, March and May 2003
  • Retaliation: Law and Tactics, 20th Annual Employment Law and Litigation Institute, Georgetown University Law Center, 2002
  • Veterans Rights to Reemployment and Prohibited Discrimination under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), Emerging Issues in Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Coping with the Changed Workplace since 9/11, ALI-ABA Video Law Review, 2002
  • Privileges Update, Federal and State Courts – Texas 2002, 15th Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas, Dallas, 2002
  • Discovery Update 2002 (Yes—the rules are still evolving!), TADC Fall Meeting, 2002
  • Texas Business Litigation Update, State Bar of Texas, 5th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course 2002
  • Obtained a take-nothing jury verdict on behalf of a Fortune 500 company in an $800 million breach of contract, tortious interference and fraud case.
  • Led winning teams that won defense verdicts in jury and non-jury trials under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII, Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, ERISA, and other state and federal employment laws.
  • Led winning teams in jury and non-jury trials and arbitrations for Fortune 500 companies in breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with contract, fraud, securities fraud, and other complex business disputes.
  • Handled whistleblower claims as part of employment cases under state and federal statutes.
  • Conducts internal investigations of issues arising under federal and state employment laws for Fortune 50 companies and leading law firms.