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Melissa Ballou Kates

Business Attorney at Fort Worth, TX

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2002
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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Underwood Law
1008 Macon St Ste 101
Fort Worth, TX, 76102-4528

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Posted by Mike | June 9, 2015
Insurance Litigation
Very professional and informative. Described the process and managed my expectations. Kept me informed. Made me comfortable with deposition. Negotiated professionally and at the same time kept me in the loop with regard to what to expect. Very happy with the results and would recommend her highly.
Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2015
An excellent attorney!
Melissa was great to work with, easy to talk to, quick with responses and flexible. She is professional and is great at what she does. Would hire again without hesitation.
Posted by Jessica | January 8, 2015
Amazing Attorney!
Melissa Kates is honest, smart and dedicated. She represented me in a case and her attention to detail and strong backgroud made my experience easy. I would recommend her to anyone I know. It was a rewarding experience because of Melissa Kates.
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2015
president broben inc
Melissa represented me in a litigation with my partner and she was amazing. very professional and smart. I would refer her to anybody. She is very level headed and honest.


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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Underwood Law Firm
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, LLP
  • 2002 - 2013
  • Legislative Aide, Speaker James E. "Pete" Laney
  • Texas House of Representatives
  • 1998 - 1999


  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Texas A&M University
  • B.B.A
  • 1999


  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Local Bar Services Committee
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Pro Bono College
  • 2004 - Present
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Tarrant County Bar Construction Section
  • Chair
  • 2013 - 2013
  • State Bar of Texas Leadership Class
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Tarrant County Bar Construction Section
  • Secretary
  • 2012 - 2012
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Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney in Tarrant County
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2014
  • "40 Under 40"
  • Fort Worth Business Press
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (5)
Endorse Melissa
Litigation Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have referred several of my clients to Melissa regarding employment and litigation matters. She is extremely sharp, professional and honestly cares for her clients."
Business Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melissa is a well respected and dedicated attorney who truly cares about her clients. Her knowledge and expertise place her ahead of other lawyers. She's highly motivated and works very hard. I am happy to recommend and endorse her."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Melissa is an excellent attorney. She is very sharp and knowledgeable. I have enjoyed working with her on several matters and have been very impressed by her skills and expertise. I highly recommend Melissa!"
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Fort Worth Business Lawyer Melissa Ballou Kates
Melissa Ballou Kates
Business Attorney
Fort Worth, TX
Licensed for 21 years