Kristen Schlemmer


Kristen represents individuals, citizen & other public interest groups, and non-profit organizations in Texas state and federal courts. She’s typically hired by plaintiffs interested in conserving Texas’ wildlife and natural spaces and landowners who want to protect their private property rights. She also proudly represents plaintiffs and defendants alike in a range of other related cases, including constitutional litigation and select animal welfare cases. For her work across the state (including jury trials in Houston and San Antonio), Kristen has been named a Texas Rising Star in 2016, 2017, and 2018, an award given out by the Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers publication to 2.5% of attorneys each year.

Before joining Irvine & Conner in 2016, Kristen was a trial lawyer at Susman Godfrey, which repeatedly has been named the nation’s top litigation boutique, and clerked for two federal judges. She received her Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School with high honors in 2010, where she earned an Environmental Law Certificate; won awards for her environmental coursework, writing, and public service; and helped reestablish and then lead Tulane’s chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. Before attending law school, Kristen frequently went to court as the paralegal for a trial lawyer, translated legal reports for human rights organizations in Brazil, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with Linguistics & History degrees. Kristen grew up in the northernmost pocket of Houston in Kingwood, Texas, after spending her early childhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Previous Experience

  • Associate, Susman Godfrey, LLP, 2012-2016
  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Emilio M. Garza, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2011-2012
  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 2010-2011
  • Judicial Intern to The Honorable Gray H. Miller, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2008


  • J.D. (Environmental Law Certificate), with high honors, Tulane University, 2010
  • B.A., Linguistics & History, University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • Portuguese Literature & Linguistics, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil, 2003

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Texas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, New Leader’s Council, 2018
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 2017-present
  • Advancement in Animal Law Award, Animal Legal Defense Fund, 2017
  • Rising Star (Environmental Litigation), Texas Super Lawyers, 2016, 2017, & 2018
  • Order of the Coif, Tulane Law School, 2010
  • John Minor Wisdom Law Faculty Award (for academic & writing achievements), Tulane Law School, 2010
  • Student Crest University Deans’ Award (for public service & leadership), Tulane Law School, 2010
  • Dean’s Scholarship, Tulane Law School, 2007-2010
  • Junior Member & Symposium Editor, Tulane Law Review, 2008-2010
  • International Education Scholar (Brazil), University of Texas at Austin, 2003
  • Dean’s List, University of Texas at Austin, 2002-2004

Civic Service