Kathleen  Kilanowski

Kathleen Kilanowski


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While Kathleen Kilanowski represents the needs of both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of legal matters, her primary focus is practicing real estate litigation, construction litigation, and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Kilanowski has the knowledge and experience needed to provide clients with hard-hitting and aggressive legal counsel. She has represented the interests of over a hundred bankers, lenders, creditors, and mortgage servicers.

Additionally she has provided legal services to hundreds of property owners’ associations and developers in a variety of matters, including:

  • Foreclosures
  • Title and lien holder disputes
  • Evictions
  • Receiverships
  • Tax suits
  • Restrictive covenant enforcement
  • Construction defects
  • Negligence
  • Insurance coverage
  • Breach of contract
  • Municipal ordinance violations
  • Condemnations
  • Non-profit association governance
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Secured and unsecured debt collection
  • Post-judgment collections

There are few lawyers in Texas as well-versed in mortgage, homeowners’ association and condominium association foreclosures.

As a native to Dallas, Kilanowski is an active member of the community. She graduated from Dallas Association of Young Lawyers’ Leadership Class and is a Fellow of the DAYL Foundation and a former member of the Dallas Bar Associations prestigious Vision 2020 Committee. She is currently a member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, as well as, the Dallas Bar Association. From 2006 to 2012, Ms. Kilanowski served on the Ursuline Academy of Dallas Alumnae Association Board. She now serves as a member of the Ursuline Professional Women’s Networking Group. Additional civic activities include the Junior League of Dallas and underwriting committees of other local philanthropies.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas


  • St. Mary's University School of Law
    • J.D. - 2005
    • Law Review: The Scholar, Associate Editor, 2004 - 2005
  • University of Illinois
    • B.S. - 2002
    • Major: Health Planning Administration

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dallas Bar Association, Member, 2006 - Present
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Member, 2006 - Present
  • Dallas Chapter of the St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association
  • Ursuline Professional Women’s Networking Group
  • Barrister of William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court
  • Fellow of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation


  • Alpha Chi Omega

Diffuse Tensor Imaging & Advanced Imaging Techniques

One of the biggest hurdles brain injury victims have in personal injury and products liability cases is quantifying the degree of injury to the jury. If a jury can’t feel or discern the extent of a person’s injuries, they are less inclined to award damages. We have effectively utilized cutting-edge advanced imaging techniques such and diffuse tensor imaging or DTI in cases involving brain injuries. With this technology, a jury can confirm that an individual has no injury and should not be awarded damages for a significant brain injury or, alternatively, such as in the case of the example provided, that the individual has suffered injuries throughout the brain. When paired with a history of trauma and an absence of some other explanation, this evidence has become the gold standard for confirming brain injuries. You can click on the player to see a 3-D rendering of the brain made by DTI.

Trial Animations

Trial animations can be incredibly impactful if used properly. Sometimes a concept or complex scenario is described, but only a picture can shed light on what really happened. Having the ability to show and explain a client’s position using trial animations is a compelling way to get the point across. Understanding the proper way to create and utilize these tools is just as important as putting together the evidence that supports them. Often times, a creative animation can be the difference in having a successful outcome at trial.

Trial Illustrations

Presenting information that a jury can see and understand is so critical to a good outcome at trial. Whether it's understanding the gravity of a particular injury or ascertaining how an accident sequence occurred, proper illustrations that call the jury, judge or arbitrator's attention to what's important in a way that is impactful is a critical component to our trial teams. Here are some examples of our trial illustrations.

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