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Kim Askew

Of Counsel
Kim represents clients in significant employment matters involving claims of race, disability, gender and age discrimination and sexual harassment, as well as in litigation involving business torts, trade secrets, non-compete, and non-solicitation and employment agreements. She has successfully tried cases to jury and non-jury verdicts in state and federal courts across the US and has handled appeals before federal and Texas appellate courts.
Areas of FocusEmployment
Bar admissionsDistrict of ColumbiaTexas
CourtsSupreme Court of the United StatesUnited States Court of Appeals for the Eighth CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Fifth CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of TexasUnited States District Court for the Northern District of TexasUnited States District Court for the Southern District of TexasUnited States District Court for the Western District of Texas


  • Obtained a take-nothing jury verdict on behalf of a Fortune 500 company in an $800 million breach of contract, tortious interference and fraud case
  • Led teams that won defense verdicts in jury and non-jury trials under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII, Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, ERISA, and other state and federal employment laws
  • Led winning teams in jury and non-jury trials and arbitrations for Fortune 500 companies in breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with contract, fraud, securities fraud and other complex business disputes
  • Negotiated consent decrees in employment cases with federal agencies   
  • Handled whistleblower claims as part of employment cases under state and federal statutes
  • Conducts internal investigations of issues arising under federal and state employment laws for Fortune 50 companies and leading law firms 
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., Knoxville College


  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Recommended, Labor and Employment Disputes (Including Collective Actions): Defense (2023)
  • Recipient of The Texas Minority Counsel Program’s Lifetime Achievement Award, 2022
  • Texas 100: Top 100 influential people to watch in Dallas, Dallas Business Journal, 2022
  • Texas Bar College Awards Committee, Jim D. Bowmer Professionalism Award, 2021
  • Dallas Business Journal’s 2021 Leaders in Diversity, Diversity and Inclusion Champion, January 2021
  • Texas Lawyer's 2020 list of Texas Trailblazers, June 2020
  • Lawdragon 500 Legends – Top 30 Leading Lawyers in America, 2019-2020
  • Dallas 500 – The Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth, 2015-2019
  • Dallas Bar Association, Inaugural Distinguished Service Award 2017 (the award has since been named in her honor)
  • Paul R. Dean Alumni Award, Georgetown University Law Center, 2018
  • Hon. Sam A. Lindsay Professionalism and Ethics Award, 2016
  • American Inns of Court, 2015 Professionalism Award for the Fifth Circuit
  • Benchmark, Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2015-2019
  • American Bar Association, Spirit of Excellence Award, 2015
  • Dallas Women’s Foundation, Maura Award: “Women Helping Women Award,” 2015
  • The Dallas 500, D CEO Magazine, 2015
  • Flame of Honor Award, Southwest Jewish Congress, 2014
  • Lifetime Achiever Award, Texas Lawyer-Winning Women Lawyers, 2014
  • Super Lawyer, "The Top 100 Lawyers in Texas," The Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas", "The Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas, Fort Worth Region" 2014 - present
  • Dallas Bar Association and The Texas Center for Legal Ethics Morris Harrell Professionalism Award, 2013
  • The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys – Top 100, Human Resource Executive, 2012, 2015 and 2016
  • Luther (Luke) Soules III Professionalism Award, State Bar of Texas Section of Litigation, 2012
  • Lawdragon 500, The Leading Lawyers in America, 2005, 2012-2024
  • 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century, 2010, Texas Lawyer
  • Fellow, Litigation Council of America
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award, Dallas Bar Association, 2010
  • Inaugural List, Best Women Lawyers in Dallas, Labor and Employment, D Magazine, 2010
  • Extraordinary Women in Texas Law - 2008, Texas Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly, 2002 - 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation; Labor and Employment, 2002 - 2019


  • "Federal Case Law Update," 28th Annual Course Advanced Employment Law, Texas Bar CLE (January 2020)
  • "Defining Harassment: Has it Really Changed in the #MeToo Era?" 27th Annual Course Advanced Employment Law, Texas Bar CLE (January 2019) and 21st Annual Summer School Course, Texas Bar CLE (July 2019) 
  • "Women in the Law; Where They Have Been and Where They are Today," Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation, Lead Academy (January 2019)
  • "Know Your Gatekeeper: How to Ensure Admission of Evidence of Scientific Opinion Evidence in Your Jurisdiction," ABA Section of Litigation, 2018 Annual Conference (May 2018)
  • "Women in the Law 2018: Forging Your Path to Success," Texas Bar CLE (March 2018)
  • "Federal Case Law Update, 26th Annual Course Advanced Employment Law," Texas Bar CLE (January 2018)