Jonathan Bates

Kinser & Bates LLP

Profile

Education

Baylor Law School 1993 JD

Admitted to Practice

1993

AAML Position(s) Held

National
  • Treasurer 2020-2022
  • Board of Governors 2018 – 2020
  • Chair, Budget & Finance Committee 2020-2022
  • Co-Chair CLE Committee 2019-2020
  • Governance Task Force Chair 2018-2022
  • Vice Chair, Bylaws & Policies 2018-2019
State
  • President 2023 – 2024Course Director, Innovations – Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation Course, 2019

Legal Organizations

  • Board Certified– Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2000
  • Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas 2021-2022
  • Course Director, 2017 Advanced Family Law Course
  • Course Director, 2012 Marriage Dissolution Institute 101
  • Course Director, 2007 Advanced Family Law Course Boot Camp
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists (Immediate Past President 2017 -€- 2018
  • President 2016 -€- 2017
  • President-Elect 2015 -€- 2016
  • Vice President 2014 -€- 2015
  • Secretary 2013 -€- 2014
  • Treasurer 2012 -€- 2013
  • Board of Directors 2009-2012
  • Course Director, 2011 Trial Institute)
  • Texas Family Law Foundation (Board of Trustees 2010 -€- 2016
  • Auction Chair 2010-2013
  • Sustaining Life Member)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section (Board of Directors 2003-2005)
  • Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section Collin County Bench-Bar Foundation (Board of Directors 2009-2010
  • Chair, Collin County Bench Bar Conference 2009)
  • Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association

CLE Presentations

  • -Premarital Agreements, Partition and Exchange Agreements, and Other Contract Considerations,” Panel Moderator, New Frontiers in Marital Property Course, Charleston, October 6, 2023-Characterization and Tracing” (with Aaron Ballard), Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, August 9, 2023-Securing the Deal: Rule 11 Agreements, MSAs and ISAs,” Marriage Dissolution Institute, Austin April 28, 2023-Underutilized Pre-Trial Strategies,” (with Hon. Karl Hays), Advanced Trial Skills for Family Lawyers, New Orleans, December 1, 2022-Follow the Money: Securing Attorney’s Fees at Every Stage of the Case,” Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, Advanced on a Shoestring Course, November 3, 2022-Follow the Money: Securing Attorney’s Fees at Every Stage of the Case,” Advanced Family Course, San Antonio, August 9, 2022-Personality Disorders and How They Impact Custody,” (with Dr. Jonathan Gould and Dr. Sol Rappaport), American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Mid-Year Meeting, Indian Wells, California, March 17, 2022-De-Constructing the Custody Evaluation Report,” (with Dr. Jonathan Gould and Dr. Sol Rappaport), American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Mid-Year Meeting, Indian Wells, California, March 17, 2022-Entity Issues: Pitfalls and Considerations for Division of Entities Created During the Marriage,” (with Patrice Ferguson), Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, August 4, 2021-Prepping the Witness for Testimony” (with Sarah Darnell), Marriage Dissolution Institute 101, April 11, 2021-Third-Party Standing,” Advanced Trial Skills for Family Lawyers, December 10, 2020-Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line: Standing – Who Gets a Seat at the Table?” Advanced Family Law Course, August 4, 2020-Receiverships and Drafting Requirements” (with Mary Evelyn McNamara and Michael Bernstein), Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, Dallas, December 12, 2019-Causes of Action in Family Law: The Prudent, the Impermissible and the Sometimes Overlooked,” Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, August 12, 2019-Break Glass in Case of Emergency: The Best Pleadings to Carry in Your Trial Notebook,” Advanced Trial Skills for Family Lawyers, New Orleans, December 14, 2018-Kids with Special Needs: What You Need to Know to Prepare – Including Financial Issues at the Time of Divorce and Needs in the Future,” Panelist, Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, August 2018-Making Tax returns Less Taxing” (with Doug Fejer), Marriage Dissolution Institute 101, Dallas, April 11, 2018-Trial Strategies, Including Deconstruction of a Custody Evaluation” Panelist, Innovations – Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation, New Orleans, January 12, 2018-Rule 11 Agreements, MSAs, and ISAs – What You Can and Can’t Do,” Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, Fort Worth, December 7, 2017-Legislative Update 2017: Family Law,” Texas Bar CLE Presents, Dallas, June 30, 2017-Characterization,” Marriage Dissolution Institute, Austin, April 20, 2017-Texas Family Code Chapter—Post Divorce Proceedings,” Texas Lawyer, January 2017

Find a Lawyer

About AAML

Become a Fellow

AAML is a welcoming group of accomplished family lawyers who are approachable role models and eager allies to help you advance your family law career.

Scroll to Top