Mr. Ivey was born in Galveston, Texas and is a fourth generation Texan. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989 with a degree in Economics. He attended South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas and was awarded his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1992. He was granted Board Certification in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2004.
While in law school Mr. Ivey was named to the Dean’s List in recognition of his excellence in scholarship. While competing in Mock Trial, his team was the winner of the Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Ballard & Friend Mock Trial Competition. He was, likewise, named a Semi-Finalist in the Fisher, Gallagher & Lewis Mock Trial Competition. He was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 1993. Mr. Ivey is licenced to practice in all courts of the State of Texas and The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Since 1998, he has served as member of the Board of Directors of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association. As served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. The Texas Trial Lawyers Association was founded in 1949 to protect the rights of Texas families. Today, more than 50 years later, it remains committed to that endeavor as a steadfast defender of the civil justice system in Texas, including working hard to ensure that ordinary citizens always have a voice in the state and national legislative process.
Mr. Ivey is also a member of the Houston Bar Association and has been recognized as a Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation for his efforts to encourage and promote activities which further the administration of justice.
In 1997 and from 2005 to the present, Mr. Ivey has been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. The College of the State Bar of Texas is an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas. Members are qualified attorneys who are interested in both high ethical standards and improved training for all Texas attorneys. The College recognizes Texas lawyers who attend at least double the Continuing Legal Education required by the State Bar of Texas.
Mr. Ivey is "AV" rated by the Martindale-Hubble Legal Directory©, the oldest legal rating system in the country and the highest rating of excellence a lawyer can achieve. AV© Peer Review Rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.
In 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2006, Mr. Ivey was recognized in the Marquis Who’s Who in American Law. That publication provides in-depth, personal biographical information on approximately 15,000 outstanding American legal professionals, the nation’s top judges, lawyers, educators, legal theorists, legal writers and editors. Likewise from 2006 - 2009, Mr. Ivey was recognized in the Marquis Who’s Who in America.
From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Ivey was named a Super Lawyer in Personal Injury Law by Law & Politics Maganzine and as published by Texas Monthly Magazine. This honor is bestowed upon no more than 5% of lawyers in the State of Texas and is given only after an exhaustive selection process. In addition, in 2004 and 2005, Mr. Ivey was recognized as a leading lawyer under the age of 40 by Texas Monthly Magazine whereby he was named to the list of Super Lawyers - Texas Rising Stars for two consecutive years.
In 2009, Mr. Ivey was recognized by H Texas Magazine as a Lawyer for the People - Personal Injury and as one of Houston's Top Lawyers - Personal Injury Law. Those honors were based on over 10,000 ballots that were sent to lawyers in the Houston area whereby those lawyers were asked to vote for one of their colleagues that they have seen in action, and also on votes received from the magazine's readers. He was also given this honor in 2006 and 2007.
This year Mr. Ivey was proud to be named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Ivey is married to Jane and they have three children.