Robert E. Kientz

January 16, 1966June 26, 2018

Robert Earl Kientz was born on January 16, 1966, the second of four sons, in Springfield, MO. He grew up in Topeka, KS.

Rob attended KU and received his BA in Chemical Engineering (with honors). In 1997, he received his JD from UT Law School.

Rob founded Hissey Kientz LLP with long time law classmate, Michael Hissey, where his passion for law flourished. He served on many litigation committees and groups, always trying to find ways to help his clients throughout the years.

Rob is survived by his parents, Charles and Mary Kientz. His brothers, Bryan, Matthew, and Timothy Kientz.

Rob was always very serious about family and made it a point to all that it is important to have and love.

Rob departed our world on June 26, 2018. Although his time here was short, the impact he made was large. He was generous. He had many of his own and firm’s charitable causes which included The National Mesothelioma Foundation, Magic Carpet Foundation, Planet Cancer Foundation, March of Dimes, Austin Women’s Advocacy Project, AP Lifeworks, Caritas of Austin, Charitable Ladies Foundation, Easter Seals of Central Texas, American Cancer Society, The Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation and MJ&M.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78752.


  • Bryan Kientz, Brother
  • Matthew Kientz, Brother
  • Timothy Kientz, Brother
  • Charles Kientz, Father
  • Mary Kientz, Mother


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

Robert E. Kientz

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Christine Wyman

December 29, 2018

I just received this from a friend months later and it hurt my heart so much. Rob was the best boss to me for more than 6 years. He never hesitated to teach me and help me learn to succeed in the practice he and Mike worked so hard at building. I often looked back at my time at HKH and always searched for another position that I would benefit from just as much. We always made each other laugh and he sure loved to pick on me in ways that I knew he truly cared about me as a person and a manager. I know he is resting in peace now.

Cedric Irvin

July 13, 2018

I would like to give my condolence to the Kientz family, I'm the overnight Concierge at the home of where Mr. Kientz lived. He had a great heart and we talk here and there and even shared a laugh or too, He loved Austin and the keep Austin weird theme, He was a very smart man.

Nate Gabaeff

July 13, 2018

Rob was one of the most generous and kind people I’ve ever met. He welcomed me and my crew to stay at his place in Austin many times and was insistent we not stay elsewhere even when the means to do so was in place. He was part of my burning man family. My chosen family. He inspired side splitting laughter on more than one occasion and used his wealth as a force for good in so many ways, particularly to make sure his friends were comfortable and didn’t have to worry about the little things when it came to our special time together camping and visiting. It was during these times that I really got to know him and his values. I was lucky enough to share some deep conversations with him about life, family, love, friendship and brotherhood. I myself have four brothers by blood, and included rob among my burner brothers along with Irad Solomon and Spencer Brock. We all shared my very first burn together in 2012 which was one of the most pivotal moments of my life. He inspired me with his big heart and sensitivity. His success was an inspiration to me as well. I love seeing people excel at their craft and Rob was certainly a craftsman at the highest level. He also owned many eccentric jackets, loved to crack jokes at his own expense, and could rock a pair of Elvis shades like no other. He brought people together and I know from what he shared with me that he loved his family and friends far more than any material possession. I am gutted that he is gone too soon. I never got to say goodbye. I want to send my deep and sincere condolences to his mother and father, his brothers, and all his loved ones and friends. I pray he is at peace, and that we meet on the other side on the playa in the sky. Love you Rob!
Your friend,
Nate Gabaeff

Alan Thomas

July 11, 2018

Rob wanted the best for everyone in his life. He also requested that a person do their best work while at his firm; not for him but for the clients his firm represents. He truly cared about being helpful and making a difference in the lives of those who did not have a voice loud enough. He worked diligently, at times with too little sleep, and he also enjoyed life.
One of my favorite memories of Rob is him wearing the red velvet blazer at holiday parties and greeting everyone with a big smile. He always wanted to create social events and a work place that included everyone and which made everyone feel welcomed.
Rob will be missed terribly by his family, friends, and clients.
With prayer,
Alan Thomas

Rhonda Hissey

July 11, 2018

We shared many fun times over the years, one of my favorites being the law conference Mike and I attended with you and Sunny at the Atlantis in the Bahamas. You will be missed and continue to be in our prayers, as is your dear family.