KoonsFuller Attorney Who led Pro Bono Case to Help Woman Get Conservatorship of Children Wins Outstanding Service Award
May 10, Houston, TX — KoonsFuller is delighted to announce that Associate Jordan Turk has been chosen to receive the Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Service by an Individual. She receives this award for her pro bono work with Katy Hayes of Kingwood, Texas.
In 2010, Katy Hayes lost all of her limbs to a catastrophic infection—invasive group A streptococcal disease, or GAS—following the home birth of her third child. In 2017, Hayes filed for divorce.
Prior to Jordan Turk taking on the case pro bono, Hayes had gone to mediation on temporary orders with her previous attorney, which resulted in her ex-husband being awarded temporary primary conservatorship of their children.
Along with KoonsFuller Managing Shareholder Sherri Evans, Jordan Turk took on the case pro bono. Within a short period of time, Turk was able to settle the case without going to trial and obtained primary conservatorship of the children for Hayes.
“I’m honored and deeply touched to be recognized for this case. Katy has overcome tremendous obstacles, beating all odds and this was a defining moment where showing that being physically disabled does not prevent you from being an effective parent. Katy never let her disability define who she was as a mother. Above all, she loves her kids, and KoonsFuller just needed to channel that into positive advocacy for Katy,” says Jordan.
Managing Shareholder Sherri Evans commented, “We are extremely proud of Jordan. As a firm we are dedicated to philanthropic activities, leadership roles, pro bono, etc., and recently established the KoonsFuller Family Law Foundation. We awarded the North Texas area and Houston nonprofit organizations grants totaling $200,000 at our 40th-anniversary events in November. Our charitable contributions and people like Jordan are vital to our firm.”
Before attending law school, Jordan graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, with a degree in Classics, History, and Religious Studies. She also holds a minor in Ancient Greek. Away from work, she and her two rescue pups enjoy watching and cheering on the Longhorns.