Of Counsel

Alma Reyes

Terry Yates

Of Counsel
Terry Yates is a seasoned trial lawyer who has litigated and tried numerous complex civil and criminal matters across the country.

Born and raised in Texas City, Texas in Galveston County, Terry is a life-long Texan. He is a 1987 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. He then received his J.D., from the University of Houston Law Center, in 1989.

Upon graduation from law school, Terry Yates began his career at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, in Houston, Texas, where he served under District Attorney Johnny Holmes. In 1994 Terry left the District Attorney’s office to enter into private practice. Terry is Board Certified in Criminal Law by both the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1995) and the National Board of Trial Advocacy (1999).

In June 2001, Terry graduated from the Trial Lawyers College in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, under the instruction of renowned trial attorney, Gerry Spence. Following graduation, Terry joined Mr. Spence’s staff, and taught at the College for a number of years.

Terry Yates has successfully litigated in a number of high profile cases, including former HPD Captain Mark Aguirre in the infamous “Kmart Raid”, former Houston Astros Charlie Hayes and Ken Caminiti, Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina, Judge Denise Pratt, the federal prosecution of Judge Samuel B. Kent and David Daleiden.

In addition to his practice, Terry Yates is an Associate Judge for the City of West University Place, and is a legal analyst for ESPN radio.

He is married to Senior Justice Leslie Brock Yates, formerly of the 14 th Court of Appeals. Terry & Leslie have two sons, Brock & Ryan.


  • 1990-1994
    Assistant District Attorney
    Harris County District Attorney’s Office
  • 1992-1994
    Special Crimes Prosecutor
    Harris County District Attorney’s Office
  • 1994-Present
    Criminal Law Practitioner in Private Practice
  • 1997-2005
    Assistant City Prosecutor
    City of West University Place
  • 2005-Present
    Associate Judge
    City of West University Place


Court Admissions

  • Texas State Bar (1990)
  • Idaho State Bar (2009)
  • S. District Court District of Idaho
  • S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court (2005)


  • 1987 – B.A.  (Cum Laude) with Special Honors
    University of Texas at Austin, Texas 

  • 1989 – Juris Doctorate
    University of Houston Law Center

  • 1993 – Graduate – National College of District Attorneys

  • 1995 – Board Certified – Criminal Law
    Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • 1999 – Board Certified – Criminal Trial Advocate
    National Board of Trial Advocacy

  • 2001 – Graduate – Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College
    Dubois, Wyoming


  • Member of State Bar of Texas (1990)
  • Member of State Bar of Idaho (2009)
  • Member of Houston Bar Association
  • Member of Texas Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Member American Bar Association
  • Faculty Member and Advisor for the National Insurance Crime Bureau (1994-2000)


  • Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1995
  • Criminal Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1999