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Karissa Hostrup Gonzalez


Karissa Gonzalez is a partner with Davis & Santos. Karissa works closely with businesses, individuals and tax-exempt organizations to accomplish their goals while also protecting their legal interests.  Her practice is primarily focused on business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate transactions.  Karissa also has significant experience advising entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, and closely-held businesses regarding business formation, investments, and succession planning.

Having worked in both major law firms and in-house, Karissa has broad experience representing clients on business matters and understands the importance of providing practical advice tailored to each individual client’s needs.  Her clients operate or invest in a variety of industries, including credit unions, healthcare, hospitality, real estate, construction, oil and gas, water, and public utilities.

Karissa handles corporate entity matters on behalf of for-profit, non-profit, and professional entities (including law firms and medical practices) throughout the lifecycle of the business, from formation to disposition.  She regularly represents clients in connection with negotiating vendor contracts, mergers and acquisitions, real estate purchase agreements, financing arrangements, commercial real estate leases, and employment and consulting agreements.

Prior to joining Davis & Santos, Karissa worked as the General Counsel of Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union and as Associate General Counsel at WellMed Medical Management.


  • B.A., Texas Christian University, 2000
  • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, 2003


  • San Antonio Magazine Top Attorney – Civil Transactions (2022)
  • Scene in S.A., Outstanding Women in Law (2022)
  • San Antonio Business Journal C-Suite Award (2015)
  • CU Enterprise Risk Management Expert Certification Received December (2013)


Memberships & Activities

  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association – Credit Union Attorneys Committee
  • EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator, Mentor 2020-present
  • San Antonio Start Up Week Legal Clinic, Attorney volunteer
  • National Women’s Law Center Fund, LLC/Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund – Legal Network for Gender Equality
  • Leadership San Antonio, Graduate of Class 39
  • 80/20 Foundation, Attorney Volunteer 2020-present


Admitted To Practice

  • Texas (2003)

Board Certification

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Transactions
  • Employment Law
  • Financial Institutions, Private Wealth Law
  • General Counsel Representation
  • Healthcare Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Ultra-High Net Worth & Closely Held Business Advisory Services