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Best Lawyers®, the only peer-review guide to the legal profession, recently announced the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© — adding Texas family law attorney Kris Balekian Hayes to the highly sought-after list for the second consecutive year. To be recognized by the Best Lawyer in America publication, honorees are reviewed by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 147 practice areas. More than 10.8 million evaluations were analyzed in the United States, which resulted in recognition of approximately 5% of lawyers in private practice across the country.

“I am honored to be recognized as a top family lawyer in the country for the second year in a row,” says Kris Balekian Hayes, managing partner of Balekian Hayes, PLLC. “Lawyers generally don’t have a great reputation and I try to make sure our firm never falls into that group. It’s our policy that while honesty can sometimes cost us, we owe it to our clients to give it to them. This philosophy has proven to reward us with recognition by our peers and referrals from our loyal clients.”

Kris earned her law degree at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio after completing her Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She continued her education by earning a Master of Business Administration at St. Mary’s University School of Business. With more than 20 years of experience practicing family law, she is dual-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in family law and child welfare. She is one of 47 family lawyers in the state of Texas that carries a dual certification in both of these areas. She is a credentialed mediator in all civil, family and CPS matters. Today she serves as managing partner of Balekian Hayes, PLLC, based in Dallas, TX.

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