State Bar President, 2004-2005
Kelly Frels is a senior partner in Bracewell & Giuliani in Houston. From 1995 to 2001, he was managing partner of the firm (then Bracewell & Patterson) and then managing partner of the Houston office from 2001 to 2003.
He received his B.S. in education from Southwest Texas State University and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1970. He joined Bracewell & Patterson in 1970, concentrating in public and education law, employment discrimination, and litigation. Frels served as president of the Houston Bar Association during 1994-1995 and on the State Bar Board of Directors from 1995 to 1998. He chaired the State Bar Lawyer Referral Committee and the Houston Bar’s Voluntary Lawyer Program. Frels is a founder and past chair of the State Bar School Law Section. The Texas Young Lawyers Association chose Frels as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas in 1979.