Bates joined the business law firm in 2017 as an Associate Attorney, after years of practice at a Houston boutique law firm, specializing in representing lenders and financial institutions in real estate and bankruptcy matters. Her practice areas of focus include real estate, commercial disputes, and business law and contracts. Bates represents the legal needs of businesses, banks, mortgage servicing companies, lenders and borrowers in all aspects of financial matters both from a transactional perspective as well as a litigation and dispute perspective.
She earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Western, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University.
Bates was recognized among “Super Lawyers – Texas Rising Star” in Consumer Law 2015-2019. Among her professional affiliations, she is an active member of the Houston Bar Association, The Woodlands Bar Association, Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers, and Houston Young Lawyers Association and Foundation. She is currently a member of the 2020 class of Leadership Montgomery County.
“Over the past two-and-a-half years that Kristen has been with The Strong Firm, she has gained significant experience in leading litigation efforts and dispute-related matters, including first chairing trial, prevailing on summary judgment motions, and overseeing numerous disputes to resolution. Her outstanding qualities and contributions have made her a rising star in our firm, and we are proud to announce her promotion to Senior Associate Attorney,” said Strong.
The Strong Firm P.C. is a locally-owned and operated business law firm founded in 2004
in The Woodlands which specializes in all aspects of business law including real estate; oil, gas and energy; mergers, acquisitions and sales; business law and contracts; corporations, LLCs and partnerships; trusts and estate planning; commercial disputes; lending and borrowing; trademarks; employment law; and business mediation.
In addition to Kristen Bates and Bret Strong, the firm’s team of attorneys includes Eric R. Thiergood, Senior Shareholder; Brian Albert, Shareholder; Laura F. Dumas, Managing Counsel – Litigation; Brittany Sloan, Associate Attorney; April Walter, Of Counsel, and Cody Schlegel, Associate Attorney.
The Strong Firm P.C. serves individuals and businesses in The Woodlands and the Greater Houston area as well as clients around the country and the world.