Kinser & Bates, L.L.P.

Practice Limited to Family Law

About Us

Katherine A. Kinser and Jonathan J. Bates were named co-recipients of 2020 Fellow of the Year award by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.


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Jonathan J. Bates serves as the AAML National Treasurer and Texas Chapter Secretary for 2020-2021. He served on the AAML National Board of Governors for 2018-2020. Katherine A. Kinser was President of the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers for 2017 – 2018.


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Jonathan J. Bates is the Chair-Elect of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for 2020-2021. He will serve as the Chair of the Section for 2021-2022.


Katherine A. Kinser is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sam Emison Award bestowed by the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. The award recognizes significant commitment and contributions to the practice of family law in the state of Texas. Kathy is pictured here with former Sam Emison recipients: Hon. Jack W. Marr, Donn C. Fullenweider, Thomas L. Ausley, Gary L. Nickelson, Warren Cole, J. Lindsey Short, Cheryl L. Wilson, Ike Vanden Eykel, Justice Ann Crawford McClure, Larry H. Schwartz, Richard Orsinger, Brian L. Webb, Harry L. Tindall, David R. McClure, and James M. Loveless.


Katherine A. Kinser was President of Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists for 2002-2003. Jonathan J. Bates was President of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists for 2016-2017. Lauren E. Melhart currently serves on the TAFLS Board of Directors and was a 2021 Course Director for the annual Trial Institute.


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Katherine A. Kinser is President-Elect of the Texas Family Law Foundation for 2019 – 2021. She will serve as President from 2021-2023.