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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, general counsel representation, compliance, and labor and employment matters.  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, 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.  While at Randolph-Brooks, she became certified in Enterprise Risk Management.


Karissa received her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2003, and her B.A. in Political Science from Texas Christian University in 2000.  While in law school, Karissa was a Member of the Iowa Law Review.


  • 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-Business Law Section (Credit Union Attorneys Committee)


Admitted To Practice

  • Texas, 2003

Board Certification

Practice Areas

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