Krystal Elaine Riley

Krystal Elaine Riley

Partner
Location:
Lufkin, Texas
Phone:
936-229-3428
Fax:
936-632-6545
Email:

Krystal Garcia Riley was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. She moved to East Texas in 2001 to attend Stephen F. Austin State University. While a student at SFA, and through her first year in law school, Riley worked as a legal assistant at a Nacogdoches law firm. In 2007, she joined the Zeleskey Law Firm while finishing up her studies at South Texas College of Law. She became an associate with Zeleskey upon her graduation from law school in 2008. In 2014, Riley joined Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins Wells, PLLC.

Riley's practice is wide-ranging. She is experienced in business transactions and real estate transactions as well as matters pertaining to water law and oil, gas, and minerals and other areas of energy law. Riley has drafted numerous title opinions for oil and gas companies. She has helped clients negotiate pipeline easements as well as solar energy agreements. She is involved in the representation of utility companies, including water supply and sewer service corporations. She also assists clients with estate planning, estate administration, and guardianship matters. Additionally, Riley has been active in appellate matters before the 6th, 9th, 12th, and 14th Court of Appeals in Texas.

A few of the matters Riley has participated in include:

 • Real estate litigation including disputes concerning title and ownership of property, adverse possession, easements, partitions, mechanic's liens, lease disputes, enforcement of restrictive covenants, and disputes among co-tenants;

 • Setting up business entities, including corporations and limited liability companies;

 • The sale and purchase of ongoing businesses;

 • Commercial and residential real estate contracts, leases, and closings;

 • Debt collections for businesses;

 • General corporate representation;

 • Title examinations and title opinions;

 • Loan restructuring for water supply companies;

 • Estate administration and disputes concerning estates;

 • Pipeline and solar energy easement negotiations.


Riley resides in Lufkin with her husband, John, and their two sons, Eli and Caleb. They are members of Eastview United Pentecostal Church where Riley assists with children's ministries.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2014

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Law
  • Business Transactions
  • Contracts
  • Creditor Rights / Debt Collections
  • Estate Planning
  • Guardianship
  • Oil, Gas, and Minerals
  • Probate/Estate and Trust Administration
  • Water Law
  • Real Estate Transactions

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2008

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 2008
  • Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 2004
    • Major: Journalism

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas Bar Association
  • Angelina County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Zeleskey Law Firm