Kelly L. Burris - Cordell & Cordell Austin Divorce Lawyer

Kelly L. Burris

Senior Litigation Partner

Austin divorce attorney Kelly BurrisKelly L. Burris got into family law to help people instead of corporations.

“I wanted to be able to help people get through these tough situations in their lives and do it the right way,” she said.

Ms. Burris has settled and litigated complex custody cases and property cases involving multi-million dollar estates. She has also successfully litigated child custody relocation cases.

Ms. Burris said those experiences allow her to inform her clients of the best possible options and do what is right for them in each case.

“It is important to have an attorney that can understand and be supportive of you throughout the process while doing what is necessary to protect your interests and your children’s interests through litigation or settlement,” Ms. Burris said.

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Burris is licensed in Texas and Oklahoma. She is also Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.




Bachelor of Arts from University of Texas; Juris Doctor from Texas Tech School of Law where she was an Articles Editor on the Law Review.


Ms. Burris was a Director on the board for the Texas Young Lawyers Association from 2002-2003 and again from 2007-2011. In addition, she also served as Director on the board for the Dallas Young Lawyers Association from 2005-2011.

Ms. Burris has held memberships to: the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists since 2008, the Texas Bar Foundation since 2008, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation since 2004, and the College of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas State Bar Association.


Ms. Burris is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, one of only 743.

In 2010, she received the President’s Award of Merit from the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

She was named one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas under 40” by D Magazine in 2006.

From 2004-2006 and 2008-2014, Ms. Burris was recognized as a Texas Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers. From 2017-2019, she was named a Super Lawyer.

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Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Burris has written numerous articles and presented speeches on various topics in family law to fellow attorneys, paralegals, and mediators as well as the public. Ms. Burris has settled and litigated complex custody cases and property cases involving multi-million dollar estates.

Ms. Burris was interviewed by News Radio 1200 WOAI in San Antonio about the fallout of the Ashley Madison data breach.

Ms. Burris was interviewed by WOAI NBC 4 in San Antonio for a story about Texas’ 50/50 custody bill.

Ms. Burris was interviewed by KPRC-590 AM and KTRH-740 AM in Houston about a potentially groundbreaking child custody case.

Ms. Burris was part of a feature on Cordell & Cordell that aired on KTBC Fox 7 in Austin.

She appeared on KVUE News in Austin on multiple occasions to discuss family law topics, including frequently asked questions about “love legalities” and common tax issues facing divorced men.

Ms. Burris wrote a guest article for Texas Lawyer titled, “The Family Law Practitioner’s Guide to Surviving the Texas Medical Record Privacy Act and HIPAA.”

Ms. Burris was interviewed on multiple Houston radio stations about a child custody case with ramifications on the parental rights of Texas fathers.

Ms. Burris wrote a pair of articles for Divorce Magazine and Family Lawyer Magazine about cryptocurrency and divorce.

Ms. Burris also appeared on DadsDivorce Live to discuss a 50/50 child custody bill proposed in the Texas legislature.

Watch Ms. Burris’ lecture from Cordell & Cordell’s 2015 Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Cross-Examination Opportunities and Strategies in Family Law.” Ms. Burris’ segment of the presentation begins at the 24:20 mark.

In 2014, Ms. Burris presented a lecture as part of Cordell & Cordell’s Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Litigating a Family Law Case on a Budget.”

Ms. Burris discussed divorce, spousal and child support modification during COVID-19 on FOX26 in Houston, Texas.


“Cordell & Cordell definitely does represent fathers well and makes sure they have someone in their corner that will stand up and fight for them. [Kelly] really seemed to care for me and do everything that she possibly could do for me in my case.”
"Kelly was able to achieve getting 50/50 custody of my daughter. This was the most important thing to me. Plus, I don't have to pay child support. This was the best investment I ever had to make. ..."
"Kelly was very responsive with communication. She was very pleasant to work [with]. She outlined how everything was going to go. Kelly and her entire team were amazing. I cannot thank Kelly enough."

"Kelly helped me with the process of preparing for negotiations and informal discovery. She helped me avoid a very stressful trial by helping me get through the mediation process reasonably intact." ​

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