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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 18 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, 12, and 6. 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 six-year term as Judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 100%

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    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.


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Contact info

Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals

Capitol Station
P.O. Box 12308
Austin, TX, 78711


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199112/25/2014
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nominee for Judge, Place 4, Texas Court of Criminal AppealsRepublican Party of Texas2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Rated SuperbAVVO2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
JudgeTexas Court of Criminal Appeals2015 - Present
Appellate AttorneyHarris County District Attorney's Office2007 - 2008
Appellate AttorneyDallas County District Attorney's Office2005 - 2006
Appellate AttorneyBexar County District Attorney's Office1998 - 2014
Associate AttorneyHedges & Walsh1992 - 1995
Briefing AttorneyTexas Court of Criminal Appeals1991 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of TexasAttorney1991 - Present
San Antonio Bar AssociationMemberN/A
San Antonio Bar AssociationMember - Criminal Law Committee2013 - 2014
San Antonio Bar AssociationMember - Law School Committee2013 - 2014
San Antonio Bar Association Appellate SectionSecretary2012 - 2014
Texas District and County Attorneys AssociationPublications Committee2012 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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.
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Publication nameTitleDate
TDCAA - The ProsecutorThe Atkins Ambush2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Marys University School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1991
St. Marys University School of LawEnglish Communication ArtsBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2014 Crime Victim's Services ConferenceCriminal Justice 101 (Part 3) Appeals2014
2014 Crime Victim Services ConferenceCriminal Justice 101 (Part 2) Grand Jury, Trial and Sentencing2014
2013 ADVANCED APPELLATE ADVOCACY COURSE in Waco, Texas at Baylor Law SchoolFaculty Member / Presenter (Appellate Ethics)2013
2009 CRIME VICTIMS SERVICES CONFERENCE in Austin, TexasTexas Criminal Appeals and Habeas Proceedings: “The Basics” for Victim’s Advocates2009
2009 ADVANCED APPELLATE ADVOCACY COURSE in Waco, Texas at Baylor Law SchoolFaculty Member2009
2007 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals in Austin, TexasCCo-presented: Attacking and Defending Eyewitness Testimony2007
2006 Capital Murder Conference in Kerrville, Texas“Hot Topics” in 11.071 Proceedings2006
2005 ADVANCED APPELLATE ADVOCACY COURSE in Waco, Texas at Baylor Law SchoolFaculty Member2005
2004 Prosecuting Crimes Against Kids Conference in San Antonio, Texas,CCo-presented: Hearsay & Child Abuse Case Law Update2004
2004 Key Personnel ConferenceEffectively Handling Appeals and Writs2004
2003 Capital Murder Conference in Kerrville, Texas“Hot Topics” in 11.071 Proceedings2003