Trey Yates

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Houston, TX

The Law Office of Sam M. (Trey) Yates, III, P.C.
 | 2900 Weslayan, Suite 350
Houston, TX 77027-9390
Phone: 713-932-7177
Fax: 713-932-7277
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019
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
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Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019

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About Trey Yates

Admitted: 1984, Texas

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

Honors/Awards:

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

Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Getting It In and Keeping it Out – A Practical Guide to Using Evidence in Family Law Cases, Houston Bar Association, 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
  • The Business of Family Law, 25th Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 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
  • Child Support Calculations: Guidelines and Above, Family Law Institute, Houston Bar Association, 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
  • Making Mediation Work for You, 22nd Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2008
  • Family Law and Fido: How to Split the Dog, Texas Dog Law Seminar, Houston, 2006, 2008
  • Parenting Plans, 21st Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2007
  • Paternity and Co-Respondent, HVLP Family Law Seminar, Houston, 2006, 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
  • Same-Sex Couples and Texas Family Law, HVL Family Law Seminar, 2015
  • Issues for Divorcing Parents with Special Needs Children Under the Texas Family Code and Texas Probate Code - Houston Bar Association, 2012
  • Dog Fights and Bones of Contention - Family Law and Pets in Texas, South Texas College of Law - Houston, 2015
  • Effectively Assessing Cases for ADR - 26th Annual Family Law Conference South Texas College of Law - Houston, 2012
  • Sex and the Law: How Science & the Supreme Court Have Changed Your World, Houston Bar Association, 2015
  • Getting the Benefit of the Bargain: Drafting Enforeable Language on Temporary Orders and Final Decrees - Houston Bar Association Family Law Institute - Houston, 2012
  • Same-Sex Marriage and Parentage Update, Highlights for the Advanced Family Lawyer - Houston, 2015
  • Support for a Disabled Adult or Minor Child and Related Issues - Inns of Court - Houston, 2012
  • 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
  • Course Director, Ad Litem/Amicus Boot Camp 2009, South Texas College of Law, 2009
  • Marriage and Divorce After the Demise of Doma, 29th Annual Wills and Probate Institute, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 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 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 Equality and Divorce Equality After the Demise of DOMA, Houston Bar Association, 2014
  • Legal Ethics Involved in Marketing Collaborative Divorce Services, Houston Bar Association, 2014
  • Marriage and Parentage After the Demise of DOMA, 28th Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2014
  • 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
  • So What’s Happening With Same-Sex Marriage?, 27th Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2013
  • Real Estate Issues for Same-Sex Couples, State Bar of Texas, Austin, 2013
  • Issues for Divorcing Parents with Special Needs Children Under the Texas Family Code and Texas Probate Code, Houston Bar Association, 2012

Educational Background:

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

2900 Weslayan
Suite 350
Houston, TX 77027-9390

Phone: 713-932-7177

Fax: 713-932-7277

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Last Updated: 10/4/2019

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