Kelly Hart & Hallman, a nationally prominent Fort Worth-based law firm, will receive the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Chairman’s Spirit of Enterprise Award.
It is the first time a law firm has been honored since the award began in 1975. It is among the chamber's most prestigious awards.
“Kelly Hart & Hallman has stood with Fort Worth and Tarrant County through thick and thin, always bringing their considerable expertise to the public or private sector when legal help has been needed and serving as a model of civic involvement,” said Chamber President and CEO Bill Thornton, in a statement.
The law firm was founded in 1979 and has grown to 257 employees. It also has an Austin office. The firm represents many leading Fort Worth families and Fortune 500 companies.
Its lawyers are encouraged to devote 50 hours annually to pro bono work and to participate in charitable and civic organizations, the chamber said. Some of those groups have included CASA of Tarrant County, Downtown Fort Worth Inc., Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Fort Worth, Lena Pope Home, Safe City Commission, Tarrant County Women’s Center and the Van Cliburn Foundation.
Managing partner Dee Kelly Jr. said the firm is “excited, surprised and grateful” for the award.
“It means that we’re doing a few things right,” he said in a news release.
Added founding partner Dee Kelly, “We’ve been blessed to have wonderful clients and people from the very beginning.”
The firm will be honored at the chamber’s annual meeting Friday, June 14.
_ Sandra Baker