As a graduate of the University of Houston and St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio in 1984, Trey has had a civil trial law practice in Houston, Texas, since 1986 with a primary focus in complex family law matters, probate/guardianship litigation, and estate planning.
Trey also has experience in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation, arbitration and collaborative family law.
Mr. Yates received Board Certification in Family Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2010. He has been a Certified Attorney Mediator since 1998 and a Certified Family Law Mediator since 1999. He is also a Collaborative Family Lawyer providing his clients with an alternative to costly litigation in divorce or child custody matters.
Mr. Yates is involved as a volunteer in both pro bono legal outreach and civic matters in the Houston community. He has served on the Board of Directors of many charitable organizations that provide a variety of assistance to local citizens. Trey is a frequent speaker and participant at continuing legal education seminars focusing on family law and providing necessary legal services to Houston’s indigent population.
Legal Support Staff
Under the direction and supervision of its attorneys, The Law Office of Sam M. (Trey) Yates, III, P.C. has a support staff compromised of associate attorneys, legal assistants, paralegals, legal secretaries, legal administration personnel and other support personnel.
Bilingual services are available. In addition to its legal support staff, the Yates law office also maintains a network of experts – forensic accountants, financial planners, investigative services, psychological professionals and parent coordinators – to counsel clients and to give them the information necessary to make an informed decision and to ensure that they are prepared for trial should attempts at settlements fail.