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Jonathan Jay Bates

Jonathan Jay Bates

Practice areas:

Family

Jonathan Bates

About Me

For two decades, Jonathan J. Bates has concentrated his practice in the areas of complex property and child related cases. In addition to his trial practice, he serves in leadership positions in the Family Law Section of the State Bar and Texas family law professional organizations. Mr. Bates is also an accomplished author and presents frequently at continuing education programs for the State Bar of Texas and other family law organizations across the state.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Family: 100%

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($450/hour), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Jonathan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christopher Alan Meuse

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Christopher Meuse Divorce & Separation Attorney
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Contact Info

Kinser & Bates, LLP

17103 Preston Road.
Suite. 150
Dallas, TX, 75248

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199305/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Texas Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine/Texas Monthly2013
Texas Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine/Texas Monthly2012
Texas Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine/Texas Monthly2011
Texas Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine/Texas Monthly2010
Texas Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine/Texas Monthly2009
Best Lawyers under 40 in DallasD Magazine2006
Texas Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine/Texas Monthly2005
Best Lawyers under 40 in DallasD Magazine2004
Texas Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine/Texas Monthly2004
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerKinser & Bates2008 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Texas Academy of Family Law SpecialistsOfficer2012 - Present
State Bar of TexasCourse Director - Marriage Dissolution Institute 1012012 - 2012
Texas Academy of Family Law SpecialistsCourse Director - Annual Trial Institute2011 - 2011
State Bar of TexasFamily Law Council2011 - Present
Texas Family Law FoundationBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Texas Academy of Family Law SpecialistsFormer Board of Directors2009 - 2012
Collin County Bar and Bench FoundationChair - Bench Bar Conference2009 - 2009
Collin County Bar and Bench FoundationFormer Board of Directors2009 - 2010
State Bar of TexasCourse Director - Advanced Family Law Course Boot Camp2007 - 2007
Dallas Bar Association, Family Law SectionFormer Board of Directors2003 - 2005
Dallas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
College of the State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
Texas Bar FoundationLife FellowN/A
Collin County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Tarrant County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersMemberN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Texas LawyerBeware of Unintended Consequences2013
Texas LawyerFamily Law Changes from the 83rd Legislature2013
Texas LawyerLiability Risks of Email Evidence, Health Information2013
Texas LawyerDrafting Premarital and Post-Marital Agreements2012
The Advocate (State Bar of Texas)Social Media and Family Law2012
Texas LawyerBest Interest of the Child Explained2012
Texas LawyerSay No to High Court Endorsement of Pro Se Forms2012
Texas LawyerBaker's Dozen:13 Unique Ingredients of Family Law Practice2012
Texas LawyerNew Laws Address Financial Matters2011
Texas LawyerWho's Your Daddy? Family Code Changes Address Mistaken Paternity2011
Texas LawyerTime-Limited Hearings Require Tight Focus2011
Texas LawyerIn Practice: Family Law Considerations for the First Client Interview2011
Texas LawyerThe Rules for Unmarried Couples2010

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Baylor UniversityFinanceB.B.A.1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Handling Your First (or Next) DivorceDiscovery on a Shoestring2013
Bench Bar - Dallas Bar Association Family Law SectionSocial Media - The Value and Danger to Your Practice2013
Annual Meeting State Bar of TexasModern Evidence2013
Advanced Family Law CourseComercial Transactions and Legal Entities2013
Advanced Family Law CourseSocial Media2012
Family Law on the Front LinesConservatorship and Presumptions2011
Bench Bar ConferencePresumptions and Predicates2011
Advanced Family Law CoursePresumptions and Predicates2011
Marriage Dissolution InstituteEquitable Relief/Reimbursement2010
Family Law on the Front LinesWho's Your Daddy? - Paternity Fraud2010
Annette Stewart American Inn of CourtWhen is a Residence Really a Residence?2010
Advanced Family Law CourseWhen is a Residence Really a Residence?2010
ABA Live WebcastDefending the Drug User2010
Ultimate Trial NotebookAttorney's Fees2009
Marriage Dissolution InstituteDiscovery from Third Parties2009
Family Law on the Front LinesEconomic Contribution and Reimbursement2009
Advanced Family Law CourseReimbursement Revisited2009
Advanced Family Law Boot CampDiscovery2009
National Business InstituteBack in the Garage; Concluding the Divorce Action2008
Marriage Dissolution InstitutePreparation for Temporary Orders Hearings2008
Family Law on the Front LinesDeveloping the Attorney/Client Relationship2008
Advanced Family Law DraftingInternational Issues Involving Children2008
Advanced Family Law Boot CampCase Assessment2008