Kiara Gradney

Kiara received her Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

While attending LSU, Kiara tried her first trial as a third-year law student in her role as an East Baton Rouge Parish Special Assistant District Attorney. Prior to becoming a commercial litigation attorney, Kiara was a prosecutor in Galveston County. While serving as a prosecutor, Kiara gained valuable trial experience, which she has successfully translated to her civil litigation practice. With ten first chair and ten second chair trials under her belt, the large majority of which are jury trials, Kiara has shown that she can zealously represent her clients through trial, verdict, and beyond. Since beginning her civil litigation career, Kiara has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide array of areas, including general civil litigation matters, oil and gas, real estate, personal injury, construction, and parallel proceedings.

While in law school, Kiara led the LSU Black Law Students Association. Under her leadership, the chapter won the national chapter of the year award by creating and implementing events that were aimed at serving LSU law students and the Baton Rouge community. In college, Kiara was named Outstanding Black Student Leader, Greek Woman of the Year, and UTSA Golden Feather. Recently, Kiara has continued her servant leadership by accepting Mayor Sylvester Turner’s appointment as a committee member of the Houston Independent Police Oversight Board.

Kiara’s father is a U.S. Marine Veteran and a carpenter, and her mother is a police officer – making Kiara the first attorney in her family. Because Kiara recognizes the value in her journey, she gives back to the community by making time to do pro bono legal work for low-income individuals.

Kiara is the youngest of nine children, which helped create and sharpen her debate and “dispute resolution” skills. In her free time, Kiara loves to travel internationally and indulge in decadent food.

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • LSU Law Center Opening Statement Competition, Winner
  • IRA S. Flory Mock Trial Competition, Octofinalist
  • TYLA National Trial Competition
  • Outstanding Black Student Leader Award
  • Gold Feather Award
  • Order of Omega Greek Honors Fraternity
  • UTSA Greek Woman of the Year

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Houston Young Lawyers Association’s, First Generation Attorneys Committee Co-Chair
  • Houston Independent Police Oversight Board, Board Member
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
  • The Downtown Group

Contact Info

kiaragradney@warejackson.com
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Admitted To Bar

2015

Education

J.D., Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2015
D.C.L, Louisiana State University Law Center – Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law, 2015
B.A., University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, 2012

Member

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation, Contracts, Breach of Contract Disputes, Criminal Litigation