Kelly C. Hartmann: Lawyer with Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith A Professional Law Corporation

Kelly C. Hartmann

Determination has helped Kelly successfully and aggressively defend his client’s interests for the past three years. Kelly is always looking for innovative ways to resolve his client’s issues, continually focusing on serving his client’s needs without compromising each specific client’s expectations. Since joining the firm, Kelly has focused his practice on all manner of litigation in both state and federal court. Kelly has had the privilege of representing clients in litigation involving admiralty and maritime law, oil and gas law, property law and general casualty defense including employer's liability and personal injury. Kelly has also represented clients in administrative venues, including claims brought under the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act. Kelly is licensed to practice in Texas and Colorado, and has also litigated in Pennsylvania, New York and Arkansas.

Outside of the courtroom Kelly is an active member of the community through his work helping animals in need. Kelly is Co-chair of the Houston Young Lawyers Animal Welfare Committee and regularly volunteers for BARC (Bureau of Animal Regulation and Control) Houston and the Houston Humane Society.

Kelly enjoys playing golf, basketball, and snowboarding. He also enjoys spending time with his wife of eight years and his two golden retrievers, Duke and Duchess.

Phone(713) 403-7112

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Practice Areas

  • Employer's Liability
  • Insurance Defense
  • Maritime & Admiralty
  • Energy
Contact InfoTelephone: (713) 403-7112
Fax: (713)-599-0777
University University of South Florida, BA in Psychology, Minor in Criminology, 2002
Law SchoolDuquesne University, J.D., 2006
Admitted2006, Texas; 2009, Colorado

Professional Associations

Texas Health Care Association - Legal Advisory Committee

Houston Mariner's Club

Houston Bar Association

Houston Young Lawyer Association

HYLF - Fellow


The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a mans determination. - Tommy Lasorda

Since joining Galloway Johnson right out of law school, Kelly has learned to look for innovative ways to resolve his client's issues, continually focusing on serving his client's needs without compromising each specific client's expectations. This has included balancing aggressive litigation with cost-effective resolution, all in an attempt to achieve the client's goals. Also important to Kelly's approach is communication that preserves the outcome control so important to each client. Kelly has developed a broad based skill set that focuses not only on the law, but also the practical side associated with its application. While developing skills in several different areas of law, Kelly has had the privilege of representing international drilling companies, oilfield service providers, pipeline transportation and energy storage companies, regional oil and gas exploration firms, one of the world's largest platform and rig companies, nursing home and long-term care providers, as well as their underwriters and other insurance companies.

Kelly has been involved in the handling of complex litigation including death cases, multiple claimant property and personal injury lawsuits arising from drilling operations in populated areas, cases arising under the Jones Act and general maritime law, general liability, automobile and trucking liability matters. In addition to his litigation experience, Kelly has assisted in drafting, reviewing and rendering legal opinions on contracts and other commercial documents, including employer Dispute Resolution Programs.

Kelly has been recognized a top up-and-coming attorney in the state of Texas in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, when he was named a Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star. ” Compiled through peer nomination and research, only two percent of attorneys in Texas under 40-years old receive this distinction.

Outside of the courtroom, Kelly actively participates in the community as a volunteer for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on the Breeders Greeters Committee.

In his free time, Kelly enjoys playing golf, snowboarding, and training for and competing in triathlons. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Cynthia, son, Liam, and two golden retrievers, Duke and Duchess.

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Kelly C. Hartmann

1301 McKinney Street, Suite 1400
HoustonTX 77010


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