Kristen L. Vela

Associate

Kristen focuses her practice primarily on general complex civil litigation involving personal injury claims, commercial and business disputes, and construction litigation matters. She has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Kristen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rice University with a BA in Political Science in 2012—after only two years—and was inducted into the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, Phi Betta Kappa. Kristen received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in the Spring of 2017. Following her first semester of law school, Kristen’s Legal Research and Writing Class Memo was selected and named as Outstanding Memorandum of her first-year class. As a result of her outstanding performance in the area of research and writing, Kristen was invited to join UT Law’s Legal Research Board and served as Co-Chair from 2016-2017. She was also a member of the American Journal of Criminal Law.

In February 2018, Kristen was published in the State Bar of Texas’ 10th Annual Damages in Civil Litigation CLE for her role as co-author of, “Defamation Damages in Texas: Placing A Dollar Amount on The Impairment of Good Name and Reputation as A Result of Libel or Slander.”

During her free time, Kristen enjoys playing tennis.

Telephone: 361.866.8016
Fax: 361.866.8039
kvela@hartlinebarger.com
800 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Suite 2000, North Tower
Corpus Christi, TX 78401