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Terry W. Yates is a lifelong Texan, graduate of The University of Texas, and a board-certified criminal defense attorney. During his 20 years of experience as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney, Terry ranks among the top criminal defense lawyers in America. Texas Monthly recognizes Terry as a Texas Super Lawyer, a designation given only to the top attorneys in Texas. Terry and his cases have received national and international media coverage. Terry has appeared on ESPN, 48 Hours and Fox news networks concerning his cases and as a commentator on other legal issues.

The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory lists Terry W. Yates since 2005 Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, an honor "limited to only the most distinguished law practices; those that have achieved the AV rating. The 'A' signifies the highest level of legal ability, while the 'V' denotes 'very high' adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence."


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 55%
  2. Criminal Defense: 45%


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Terry W .Yates & Associates

6750 West Loop South
Suite, 845
Houston, TX, 77005


IDAuthorized to practice law200908/12/2016
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199008/17/2016
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
2011Super Lawyers2011
Founding Father AwardNational Insurance Crime Bureau2004
AV RatingN/AN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyTerry W. Yates & Associates1990 - Present
Assistant City ProsecutorCity of West University Place1997 - 2005
Assistant District AttorneyHarris County District Attorney's Office1990 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
City of West University Place, TexasAssociate JudgeN/A
Idaho State BarMemberN/A
Criminal Justice Institute, University of Houston Law CenterBoard of AdvisorsN/A
University of TexasChancellor's CouncilN/A
Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, 1995Former Board MemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
The Houston LawyerFederal Sentencing Guidelines for Individuals after Booker, What Says the Fifth Circuit?2005
Continuing Legal EducationEthical Considerations and Malpractice Avoidance in Representing Non-Citizens2004
UnknownGroup Formation and the Jury: Understanding Human Nature2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of Texas System, AustinN/AN/A1987