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."
Some Highlighted Cases:
- Acquittal of Captain Mark Aguirre in the infamous "K-Mart Raid" prosecution.
- Acquittal for client of Capital Murder charge (at the time only the second acquittal in 22 years of capital murder prosecution in Houston).
- Defense of Dynegy, Inc. executive in a multi-jurisdictional securities, wire fraud and mail fraud prosecution.
- Defense of Enron attorneys (Result: No charges filed).
- Defense of "Oil for Food" Investigation by the Southern District of New York (Result: No charges filed).
- Dismissal of a Reckless Driving charge against former Houston Rocket and current NBA player.
- "No Bill" by a Harris County Grand Jury of a Rice University football player on sexual assault charges.
- Representation of former Major League Baseball MVP Ken Caminiti.
- Multi-million dollar verdict against Dynegy, Inc. for Fraud and Breach of Contract.
- Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1995
- Criminal Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1999
- Bar Admissions:
- U.S. District Court District of Idaho
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- Supreme Court of Texas
- U.S. Supreme Court
- University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas,
- University of Texas at Austin,
Honors: With Special Honors
- Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College, Dubois, Wyoming, 2001
- Published Works:
- Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Individuals after Booker, What Says the Fifth Circuit?, The Houston Lawyer, March / April, 2005
- Group Formation and the Jury: Understanding Human Nature, The Warrior, Fall, 2004
- Ethical Considerations and Malpractice Avoidance in Representing Non-Citizens, University of Houston Law Foundation - Continuing Legal Education, June, 2004
- Voire Dire: Punishment on Guilty Plea to Jury, April, 2009
- Classes/Seminars Taught:
- Frequent Lecturer, University of Houston Law Center
- Frequent Speaker, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations
- Frequent Speaker, Police Training Programs in Texas
- Faculty, Trial Lawyer's College, 2007 - Present
- Professional Associations and Memberships:
- City of West University Place, Texas
- Associate Judge
- State Bar of Texas
- Idaho State Bar
- Criminal Justice Institute, University of Houston Law Center
- Board of Advisors
- University of Texas
- Chancellor's Council
- Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, 1995
- Former Board Member
- The College of The State Bar of Texas
- Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- St Thomas Episcopal Volunteer Baseball Coach
- UT Littlefield Society
- Past Employment Positions:
- City of West University Place, Texas, Assistant City Prosecutor, 1997 - 2005
- Harris County, Major Fraud Division, Special Crimes Bureau, 1992 - 1994
- Harris County, Assistant District Attorney, 1990 - 1994