Kristin S. Houston

Counsel

Dallas
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Overview

Kristin Houston represents public and private companies in a wide variety of domestic and international complex business transactions including private equity, commercial, and technology transactions. Drawing from her experience as in-house counsel, she has key insight into the needs and demands of the legal departments and operational teams that she supports through her practice. Kristin has extensive experience working with company executives to develop a full understanding of their underlying business objectives. Additionally, Kristin has experience advising clients on intellectual property matters, including trademark filings, brand enforcement, copyright infringement, and domain name disputes. Combining her experience with her collaborative, hands on approach, Kristin strives to anticipate and meet the needs of her clients, enabling them to focus on their business while she handles their legal obligations.

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  • Drafted and negotiated customer and supplier side contracts for leading online vehicle auction company with a strong emphasis on technology transactions.
  • Developed agreements and internal processes for creating a global affiliate network for S&P 500 company.
  • Drafted and negotiated complex IT services and supplier agreements for leading global IT services company, including outsourcing, software, reseller, cloud service and staffing contracts.
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Experience

  • Drafted and negotiated customer and supplier side contracts for leading online vehicle auction company with a strong emphasis on technology transactions.
  • Developed agreements and internal processes for creating a global affiliate network for S&P 500 company.
  • Drafted and negotiated complex IT services and supplier agreements for leading global IT services company, including outsourcing, software, reseller, cloud service and staffing contracts.
  • Advised on sweepstakes and contest rules in support of client marketing initiatives.
  • Acted as lead legal counsel to a technology managed services provider and product reseller for all domestic and international subcontractor engagements.
  • Actively managed commercial disputes and settlement discussions in collaboration with executive leadership of technology company.
  • Drafted and negotiated multimillion-dollar software licensing/SaaS agreement for IT & network operations incident resolution platform for a multinational networking and telecommunications company.
  • Drafted and negotiated network build supplier agreements for a digital communications company in performance of telecom carrier network modernization projects.
  • Advised corporate executives and stakeholders of a global telecommunications company on financial risk and liability issues and on structuring of business relationships.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Community

  • Attorneys Serving the Community
  • Northwestern University Alumni Club of Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League

Prior Positions

  • Copart, Inc.: Corporate Counsel, Transactions & IP
  • CompuCom Systems, Inc. (an Office Depot Company): Corporate Counsel

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Illinois

Education

  • LL.M., Law & Entrepreneurship, Duke University School of Law, 2013
  • J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2009, cum laude; Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Associate & Editorial Staff
  • B.A., Economics, Northwestern University, 2006