Kirstine joined Steckler Gresham Cochran PLLC, as the attorney in charge of civil and appellate briefing. Kirstine has extensive and unique experience in briefing issues and motions before various federal and state district courts and appellate courts. Kirstine spent the first part of her legal career with the trial department of Thompson & Knight LLP, one of the oldest and most respected law firms in Texas. There, her practice focused on complex civil cases at both the trial and appellate levels where she represented both companies and individuals in state and federal court, as well as proceedings before the American Arbitration Association. Kirstine managed many of her own cases and handled extensive motions, discovery, and trial practice, including depositions, court appearances, and appellate assistance in complex civil matters.
From 2007 to 2016, Kirstine was honored to serve as career law clerk to the Honorable Don D. Bush in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, one of the busiest federal dockets in the nation. In addition to managing the judge’s docket and assisting him in conducting courtroom proceedings, Kirstine evaluated issues raised in the parties’ briefing, analyzed issues of first impression and other intricate matters, and advised the court on substantive and procedural issues. During her tenure, Kirstine researched, briefed and participated in many complex civil cases before the court, including numerous sophisticated commercial disputes, putative class actions, and cases involving securities fraud, lender liability and employment issues. In assisting the court with the disposition and trial of civil cases, Kirstine gained extensive experience in complex procedural and substantive issues arising under both state and federal law, including standing, jurisdiction, and immunity. Her distinctive understanding of the court system provides unprecedented insight in effectively presenting and briefing complex issues before courts.
Kirstine’s knowledge and understanding of the court system also provides a unique perspective on what matters affect the disposition or resolution of a case and what issues are most critical for the court’s consideration. She has carried forth that insight into her current practice, allowing her to evaluate issues critically and focus her time and client resources on matters central to the case such that she can effectively and efficiently add value to her clients’ position. Since joining Steckler Gresham Cochran PLLC, Kirstine has used that experience in the numerous consumer class cases and complex commercial actions that she has handled. Notably, Kirstine has prepared numerous trial briefs for the firm in state court actions and motions before various federal courts throughout the United States. An engaged mentor, Kirstine also supervises the firms briefing clerks and contract attorneys, stressing the importance of professionalism and tenacity in advocacy.
From 2008 until 2016, Kirstine served as an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at the SMU Dedman School of Law. Kirstine is also a member of the Texas Bar College, an achievement attained by fewer than 10 percent of the lawyers in Texas. In 2003, Kirstine was honored to be selected as a member of the William ‘Mac’ Taylor Inn of Court, which is a Dallas-based chapter of The American Inns of Court dedicated to promoting the highest levels of professionalism in the practice of law.
A native Dallasite, Kirstine is a proud alumna of Ursuline Academy and SMU. Kirstine was admitted to SMU’s honor program and proud to be in the first class of recipients of SMU’s Hunt Leadership Scholarship. She is an active member of the local legal and charitable communities. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of ChildCareGroup, a non-profit organization, serving hundreds of children in need in Dallas and surrounding areas.