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Kris Hayes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Dallas, TX

Balekian Hayes, PLLC
4144 North Central Expressway, Suite1200
Dallas, TX 75204
Phone: 214-828-2800
Fax: 214-827-9671
Email: Kris Hayes
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 2001
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

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.  Kris is licensed to practice law in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Georgia. She has four children and lives in Dallas with her husband. Kris is a credentialed mediator in all family and CPS matters. She practices primarily in the area of family law, utilizing her business background in divorces and is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the areas of family law and child welfare. 

About Kris Hayes

First Admitted: 2001, Texas

Professional Webpage:


Pro bono/Community Service

  • Wipe Out Kids Cancer 
  • Federal probono action filed on behalf of an elderly woman that ultimately died as a result of injuries she received from her arrest during an event of dementia., 2013
  • EVENTS FOR TDFPS: The firm routinely hosts events for children in the care of CPS to allow them the opportunity to have "relaxation days" at our expense. , 2019
  • Auxiliary Board for Children's Medical Center , 2017
  • Dallas Foster Care Toy Drive: Assist with the collection of gifts for hundreds of children that were placed into the care of TDFPS after November 15 of any given year and were not placed on a Christmas registry. 

Educational Background

  • St. Mary's University- JD/MBA, 2000
  • Southern Methodist Univeristy - BBA, 1997


  • Jury Verdict awarding permanent managing conservatorship to the family of Mother , 2017
  • Jury Verdict terminating parental rights of other parent. , 2016
  • Settlement awarding Father 50% of access to his child. , 2019

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Lawyers of Distinction, 2019
  • Lawyers of Distinction, 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Authored an article for publishing by the State Bar of Texas section report regrading the changing movement of dfivorce due to millennial marriages. , Author, What You Need to Know About Millennial Divorces , State Bar of Texas - Family Section Report , Family Law, 2019
  • Discusses the unique challeneges that face the older generations while going through a divorce. , Author , Top 3 Challenges to Expect During a Gray Divorce, Baby Boomers, Financial, Family Law, 2019
  • Authored an article published by Texas Lawyer and various other publications regarding the changes to child support under the new Legislative updates to the Family Code , Author, Big Changes Coming for Texas Family Code , Texas Lawyer, Family Law, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Dallas Bar Family Law Board, 2019
  • Missouri State Bar , 2017
  • Oklahoma State Bar, 2016
  • Georgia State Bar, 2015

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Child Welfare, 2020
  • Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialiazation in Family Law, 2019
  • Credentialed mediator in matters involving CPS, 2018
  • Credentialed Mediator in Basic and Family Law , 2017



  • New addition to the Board in the area of special projects. , Dallas Bar Association- Family Law Section Board Member , Dallas Bar Association, 2020
  • , Elite Lawyer, Elite Lawyer, 2021
  • , Best Law Firms , US News, 2022
  • , Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyer in America, 2022
  • , Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyer in America, 2021
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Office Location for Kris Hayes

4144 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75204

Last Updated: 5/16/2022

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