Trey Yates

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Houston, TX

Trey Yates Law
 | 50 Briar Hollow Lane, Suite 425W
Houston, TX 77027-9390
Phone: 713-932-7177
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Attorney Trey Yates has served the people of Houston and surrounding southeastern Texas since 1984. In 1986, he founded his law firm, Trey Yates Law, where he has focused his practice on assisting clients who face family law challenges, particularly divorces involving complex marital property division.

Mr. Yates earned his law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law in 1984, and the State Bar of Texas granted him admission that same year. In the years that have passed since he began his legal career, he has earned a reputation as a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer, and, in 2010, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization recognized him as a board-certified family law attorney.

While attorney Yates is a skilled litigator who has represented clients in courtrooms for over 30 years, he is also a skilled negotiator. Mr. Yates has been trained extensively in alternative dispute resolution methods. In 1998, he became a certified attorney-mediator, and, in 1999, he earned a certification as a family law mediator and Collaborative Law training.

In addition to having earned multiple certifications, attorney Yates has also earned a number of honors and awards thanks to his dedication to both his clients and his community. He holds a "Superb" rating from Avvo, and he has received a distinguished client rating from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, he received the President's Award for his work with the Houston Bar Association and the Star Volunteer award for his work with Houston Volunteer Lawyers.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property

Focus Areas

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017

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About Trey Yates

Admitted: 1984, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.treyyateslaw.com/attorney-profile-yates/

Honors and Awards:

  • Former Family Law Pro Bono Mentor for King and Spalding, L.L.P, Star Volunteer, 1999
  • Outstanding Service as Chair of AIDS Outreach Committee Houston Bar Association, President's Award, 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell CV Peer Review Rated

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Family Law Mediator, 1999
  • Certified Attorney - Mediator (Attorney-Mediator Institute), 1998
  • Board Certified Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • The American Association of Justice
  • Pro Bono College State Bar of Texas
  • Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law American Inn of Court
  • American Inns of Court
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Fort Bend County Bar Association
  • Life Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Committee Chair, AIDS Outreach Committee, Houston Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Inc
  • Board of Directors, Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists
  • Secretary, BRR Family Law Inn of Court
  • Board of Directors, Collaborative Law Section, Houston Bar Association
  • Member Collaborative Law Section, Houston Bar Association
  • Member Probate, Trusts and Estate Section, Houston Bar Association
  • Member Family Law Section, Houston Bar Association
  • The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Raintree Place Property Homeowners Association - President, 2009
  • Multicultural Education & Counseling through the Arts - Gala Co-Chairman "Noche de Milagros", 1999
  • Friends of Hermann Park - Luncheon Co-Chair "Picnic in the Park", 1998
  • Eagle Scout, 1969
  • The Assistance Fund - Former Legal Counsel
  • Friends of Hermann Park - Advisory Board
  • AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. - Advisory Board
  • Multicultural Education & Counseling through the Arts - Board of Directors - Three Terms
  • Bering Omega Community Services - Board of Trustees - Current
  • Unity Church of Christianity - Houston - Board of Directors - Current
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman Program - Certified Volunteer Ombudsman - 2000 to Current; University of Texas Houston Center for the Aging  

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Same-Sex Marriage and Parentage Update, Highlights for the Advanced Family Lawyer - Houston, 2015
  • Sex and the Law: How Science & the Supreme Court Have Changed Your World, Houston Bar Association, 2015
  • Dog Fights and Bones of Contention - Family Law and Pets in Texas, South Texas College of Law - Houston, 2015
  • Same-Sex Couples and Texas Family Law, HVL Family Law Seminar, 2015
  • Marriage and Parentage After the Demise of DOMA, 28th Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2014
  • Legal Ethics Involved in Marketing Collaborative Divorce Services, Houston Bar Association, 2014
  • Marriage Equality and Divorce Equality After the Demise of DOMA, Houston Bar Association, 2014
  • Marriage and Parentage After the Demise of DOMA, The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, The American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Technology Attorneys, Annual Conference, New Orleans, 2014
  • Marriage, Divorce and Parentage After the Demise of DOMA, 40th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, 2014
  • Marriage and Divorce After the Demise of Doma, 29th Annual Wills and Probate Institute, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2014
  • Real Estate Issues for Same-Sex Couples, State Bar of Texas, Austin, 2013
  • So What’s Happening With Same-Sex Marriage?, 27th Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2013
  • Equal Protection Under the Law and the Redefinition of Marriage, Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, Houston, 2013
  • Equal Protection Under the Law and the Redefinition of Marriage, Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, Houston, 2013
  • Issues for Divorcing Parents with Special Needs Children Under the Texas Family Code and Texas Probate Code, Houston Bar Association, 2012
  • Support for a Disabled Adult or Minor Child and Related Issues - Inns of Court - Houston, 2012
  • Getting the Benefit of the Bargain: Drafting Enforeable Language on Temporary Orders and Final Decrees - Houston Bar Association Family Law Institute - Houston, 2012
  • Effectively Assessing Cases for ADR - 26th Annual Family Law Conference South Texas College of Law - Houston, 2012
  • Issues for Divorcing Parents with Special Needs Children Under the Texas Family Code and Texas Probate Code - Houston Bar Association, 2012
  • The Business of Family Law, 25th Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2011
  • Dance With The One Who Brung Ya – A Private Practitioner’s Dance With The Office of The Attorney General and IV-D Courts of Harris County, Texas, Houston Bar Association, 2011
  • Getting It In and Keeping it Out – A Practical Guide to Using Evidence in Family Law Cases, Houston Bar Association, 2011
  • The Business of Family Law, 24th Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2010
  • Common Law and Same Sex Marriages, Adult Adoptions, Maternity Tests, and Other Unusual Topics, 23rd Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2009
  • Course Director, Ad Litem/Amicus Boot Camp 2009, South Texas College of Law, 2009
  • Making Mediation Work for You, 22nd Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2008
  • Direct and Cross Examination of a Custody Evaluator, Deciding a Child’s Fate: Child Custody Evaluations, Ethics and Investigating Allegations of Sexual Abuse, Galveston, 2008
  • Child Support Calculations: Guidelines and Above, Family Law Institute, Houston Bar Association, Houston, 2008
  • Parenting Plans, 21st Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2007
  • Voir Dire and Opening and Closing Statements, 21st Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2005
  • Legislative Changes and Updates, 20th Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2004
  • Law Office Management Tips, 19th Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2003
  • Paternity and Co-Respondent, HVLP Family Law Seminar, Houston, 2006, 2007
  • Family Law and Fido: How to Split the Dog, Texas Dog Law Seminar, Houston, 2006, 2008
  • Who's My Daddy? A Parentage Mystery, HVLP Family Law Seminar, Houston, 2009 - 2013
  • Course Director, Family Law Conference for General Practitioners and Legal Assistants, South Texas College of Law, 2004 - 2006

Educational Background:

  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles, California, 1979
  • University of Houston, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1981
Office Location for Trey Yates

50 Briar Hollow Lane
Suite 425W
Houston, TX 77027-9390

Phone: 713-932-7177

 

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Last Updated: 1/27/2017

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