Kevin Patrick Yeary is a native Texan. He was raised in Laredo, where he graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1984. In 1988, he received a bachelor’s degree in English Communication Arts from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. In 1991, he completed his studies at St. Mary’s University School of Law and earned his license to practice law.
Kevin has practiced law for 24 years. He is licensed to practice in all courts of the State of Texas, in the United States District Courts for the Western District of Texas, in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and in the United States Supreme Court. Kevin has litigated appeals in most of the appellate courts in Texas, and he has argued cases before both the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. He has personally written and filed direct appeal briefs in hundreds of cases, including capital murder death penalty cases, and he has answered and litigated numerous post-conviction applications for the writ of habeas corpus.
Kevin has been married for 17 years to Suzie Basey-Yeary, a graduate of John Marshall High School in San Antonio, St. Mary’s University, and the University of Texas Medical School. Together, they have four daughters, ages 17, 14, 11, and 5. Kevin is an alumnus of both the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. He is active in the ACTS Community in San Antonio and with the Knights of Columbus. He is a member of the Catholic Lawyers Guild. He serves as a Referee and as a Stroke and Turn Official for the Encino Park Swim Team.
In 2014, Kevin was elected state-wide to a full term as Judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Licensed since 1991
I wholeheartedly endorse Kevin P. Yeary. He was my mentoring attorney at the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office when I worked in the Appeals Division and remains a mentor and a friend. His encyclopedic knowledge of criminal trial and appellate law, his keen intellect, his humility, and his generosity make him a great lawyer, advocate, jurist, and friend.
James Shipp Probate Attorney
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1991||12/25/2014|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Nominee for Judge, Place 4, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals||Republican Party of Texas||2014|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Judge||Texas Court of Criminal Appeals||2015 - Present|
|Appellate Attorney||Harris County District Attorney's Office||2007 - 2008|
|Appellate Attorney||Dallas County District Attorney's Office||2005 - 2006|
|Appellate Attorney||Bexar County District Attorney's Office||1998 - 2014|
|Associate Attorney||Hedges & Walsh||1992 - 1995|
|Briefing Attorney||Texas Court of Criminal Appeals||1991 - 1992|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|San Antonio Bar Association||Member - Criminal Law Committee||2013 - 2014|
|San Antonio Bar Association||Member - Law School Committee||2013 - 2014|
|San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Section||Secretary||2012 - 2014|
|Texas District and County Attorneys Association||Publications Committee||2012 - 2014|
|State Bar of Texas||Attorney||1991 - Present|
|San Antonio Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State v. Cullen, 195 S.W.3d 696 (Tex. Crim. App. 2006)||Trial court's suppression order was overturned|
|Scott v. State, 322 S.W.3d 662 (Tex. Crim. App. 2010)||Judgment of the trial court was affirmed.|
|In re Hall, 286 S.W.3d 925, 927 (Tex.2009)||Mandamus denied.|
|St. Mary's University||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)||N/A||1991|
|St. Mary's University||English Communication Arts||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1988|
|2014 Crime Victim's Services Conference||Criminal Justice 101 (Part 3) Appeals||2014|
|2014 Crime Victim Services Conference||Criminal Justice 101 (Part 2) Grand Jury, Trial and Sentencing||2014|
|2013 ADVANCED APPELLATE ADVOCACY COURSE in Waco, Texas at Baylor Law School||Faculty Member / Presenter (Appellate Ethics)||2013|
|2009 CRIME VICTIMS SERVICES CONFERENCE in Austin, Texas||Texas Criminal Appeals and Habeas Proceedings: “The Basics” for Victim’s Advocates||2009|
|2009 ADVANCED APPELLATE ADVOCACY COURSE in Waco, Texas at Baylor Law School||Faculty Member||2009|
|2007 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals in Austin, Texas||CCo-presented: Attacking and Defending Eyewitness Testimony||2007|
|2006 Capital Murder Conference in Kerrville, Texas||“Hot Topics” in 11.071 Proceedings||2006|
|2005 ADVANCED APPELLATE ADVOCACY COURSE in Waco, Texas at Baylor Law School||Faculty Member||2005|
|2004 Prosecuting Crimes Against Kids Conference in San Antonio, Texas,||CCo-presented: Hearsay & Child Abuse Case Law Update||2004|
|2004 Key Personnel Conference||Effectively Handling Appeals and Writs||2004|
|2003 Capital Murder Conference in Kerrville, Texas||“Hot Topics” in 11.071 Proceedings||2003|