About Kristin


Kristin Guiney is Kristin Guiney is the presiding judge of the 179th Criminal District Court. Since being elected in 2012, she has continually received the highest ratings in yearly bar polls and in judicial preference polls.


Kristin Guiney is a lifelong resident of Harris County. With a personal stake in the safety of our community, Kristin ran for judge because she firmly believed that the criminal justice system should be guided by the rule of law and fairness.

Kristin has the experience to ensure that the criminal justice system works to give our community and its citizens justice. Kristin spent eight years at the Harris County District Attorney's office prosecuting virtually every type of crime that occurs in Harris County, including DWIs, sexual assaults of children, and capital murders. When she left the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to open her own law practice, Kristin was the Chief Prosecutor of the 185th District Court.

Kristin is an alumna of Emory University in Atlanta and received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. She grew up in Friendswood and now lives with her husband, Ed McClees, and their two beautiful daughters.


During her 15-year criminal justice career, Kristin has tried over 80 cases to verdict as lead counsel and she is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law.  Take a look at her resume' below, and join her growing endorsement list on the website!  www.kristinguiney.com




Resume for kristin guiney




  • Admitted to Texas Bar, 2001
  • Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law, 2011
  • Texas State Bar College, 2016



  • Judge, 179th District Court, Harris County, Texas (January 2013-Present)
  • The Law Office of Kristin M. Guiney (June 2010 – December 2012)
  • Harris County District Attorney’s Office (November 2001 – May 2010)



Judge, 179th District Court

  • Handled over 80 trials to verdict
  • Increased the use of Personal Recognizance bonds
  • Invited to speak at various legal and civic engagements

Criminal Defense Attorney

  • Approved to handle all levels of felonies and misdemeanors for indigent clients
  • Approved to handle appellate matters for indigent clients
  • Presented oral argument at the First Court of Appeals

District Court Chief (208th District Court and 185th District Court)

  • Supervised and train prosecutors assigned to court
  • Responsible for the handling of all capital cases
  • Appointed by First Assistant to Committee on Discovery Procedures 



  • As an attorney, tried over 80 jury trial cases including four non death capital cases
  • Spearheaded committee and prepared presentations for Proposals to Commissioners Court requesting additional personnel and salary increases



  • Reimagining Incarceration and Reentry, Project Curate, 2016
  • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, 2015
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Greater Houston Coalition for Justice, 2014
  • University of Houston Law Center Jury Selection, 2010
  • National College of District Attorneys Strategic Cross Examination, Faculty - 2008



  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 2001
  • Order of Barristers
  • Emory University, Bachelor of Arts – Political Science, 1997