Kinser & Bates, L.L.P.

Practice Limited to Family Law

Jonathan J. Bates | Family Law Specialist

Jonathan Bates

For two decades, Jonathan J. Bates has concentrated his practice in the areas of complex property and child related cases. In addition to his trial practice, he serves in leadership positions in the Family Law Section of the State Bar and Texas family law professional organizations. Mr. Bates is also an accomplished author and presents frequently at continuing education programs for the State Bar of Texas and other family law organizations across the state.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Board Certified– Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Fellow

  • Admission Standards and Procedures Committee, 2014 – 2015
  • Membership Committee 2015 – 2016
  • Professionalism and Collegiality Committee, 2014 – 2016
  • Sponsorship, Sales and Marketing Committee, 2014 – 2015
  • Spousal Maintenance/Alimony Study Committee 2015 – 2016

State Bar of Texas Family Law Council 2011 – present

  • Membership & Member Services Committee
    • Chair 2015 – 2017
    • Vice Chair 2014 – 2015
    • Committee Member 2010 – 2017
  • Chair, Special Events Committee 2011 – 2013
  • Vice Chair, History and Archives Committee 2016 – 2017
  • Vice Chair, Family Law Cares Committee 2013 – 2015
  • Annotated Family Code Committee 2012 – 2016
  • Website and Technology Committee
    • Vice Chair 2014 – 2015, 2016 – 2017
    • Committee Member 2014 – 2017
  • Finance Committee 2013 – 2014
  • Budget & Finance Committee 2011-2012
  • 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

  • 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 – Sustaining Life Member

  • Board of Trustees 2010 – 2016
  • Chair, Social Media Committee 2014 – 2016
  • Legislative Bill Review Committee 2009 – 2010
  • Fundraising Committee 2009 – 2015
  • Auction Chair 2010-2013

Texas Bar Foundation – Life Fellow

The College of the State Bar of Texas

State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section

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

“AV” Preeminent (5.0 of 5.0) – Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

“Super Lawyer” 2009-2016 (Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters service)

D Magazine “Best Lawyers Under 40” 2004-2006

EDUCATION

BBA (Finance/Economics), Baylor University, 1990

JD, Baylor University School of Law, 1993

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

“Direct & Cross of a Tracing Expert,” Panelist, Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, August 2016

“Moms vs. Dads,” Texas Lawyer, August 2016

“Avoid Pitfalls when Changing Custody Established in a Previous Court Order,” Texas Lawyer, April 4, 2016

“Drafting the Jury Charge,” Advanced Family Law Drafting, Dallas, December 11, 2015

“Using Social Media,” American Society of Appraisers, DFW Chapter, Dallas, November 10, 2015

“For Love or Money: Child Support with the High Earner,” Panelist, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 5, 2015

“In Face of Reduced Rights, Here’s How to Advise Grandparents on Family Law Issues,” Texas Lawyer, October 19, 2015

“Non-Parent Standing,” Advanced Family Law 101 Course, August 2015

“House Bill 1449 Ups the Family Code Social Study Provisions,” Texas Lawyer, July 29, 2015

“18 Years and Still Here,” Panel Moderator, Innovations – Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation, June 4, 2015

“Effectively Handling Family Law Tax Issues,” Texas Lawyer, May 4, 2015

“Representing the Difficult Client,” Marriage Dissolution Institute, April 9, 2015

“Post-Divorce Support Payments in Texas,” Texas Lawyer, February 23, 2015

“7 Family Law Questions,” Texas Lawyer, November 3, 2014

“Representing Difficult Family Law Clients,” Texas Lawyer, August 4, 2014

“Crazy – Your Client or Mine?” Panelist, Innovations – Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation, June 13, 2014

“Case Law Update – Property,” Marriage Dissolution Institute, April 24, 2014

“In Re Stephanie Lee: Understanding the Lee Decision,” Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Family Law Forum, Volume 30, Issue I, Spring 2014

“Boost Child Support Clients Receive,” Texas Lawyer, April 21, 2014

“Dividing Debts in Divorce,” Texas Lawyer, March 3, 2014

“Beware of Unintended Consequences,” Texas Lawyer, September 16, 2013

“Commercial Transactions and Legal Entities,” Panelist, Advanced Family Law Course, August 2013

“Family Law Changes From the 83rd Legislature,” Texas Lawyer, July 8, 2013

“Modern Evidence,” State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 20, 2013

“Liability Risks of Email Evidence, Health Information,” Texas Lawyer, March 18, 2013

“Social Media – The Value and Danger to Your Practice” (with Brian Cuban), Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section Bench Bar Conference, February 8, 2013

“Trial Strategies: Evaluation and Testing,” Panel Moderator, Innovations – Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation, January 25, 2013

“Discovery on a Shoestring,” Handling Your First (or Next) Divorce Course, January 18, 2013

American Journal of Family Law, Valuing Professional Practices & Licenses: A Guide for the Matrimonial Practitioner, 2005 – 2013 Supplement, “Celebrity Divorce – Representing Big Hitters” (co-authored with Katherine A. Kinser)

“Drafting Premarital and Post-Marital Agreements,” Texas Lawyer, November 12, 2012

“Social Media and Family Law,” The Advocate, State Bar Litigation Section Fall Symposium 2012, Volume 60

“The Best Interest of the Child Standard Explained,” Texas Lawyer, August 13, 2012

“Say No to High Court Endorsement of Pro Se Forms,” Texas Lawyer, August 6, 2012

“Social Media – The Value and Danger to Your Practice” (with Brian Cuban), Advanced Family Law Course, August 2012

“Baker’s Dozen: 13 Unique Ingredients of Family Law Practice,” Texas Lawyer, March 12, 2012

LexisNexis Texas Annotated Family Code, Annotations for Chapter Four – “Premarital and Marital Property Agreements,” 2006 – 2012 (co-authored with Katherine A. Kinser)

“Counseling Clients in a Distressed Economy,” Texas Lawyer, December 5, 2011

“Presumptions and Predicates,” Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, November 2011

“Presumptions and Predicates,” Advanced Family Law Course, August 2011

“New Laws Address Financial Matters,” Texas Lawyer, June 27, 2011

“Conservatorship and Presumptions: Where is the Starting Line?” 11th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines, June 2011

“Who’s Your Daddy? Family Code Changes Address Mistaken Paternity,” Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011

“Time-Limited Hearings Require Tight Focus,” Texas Lawyer, April 4, 2011

“When is a Residence Really a Residence?” 2011 Family Law Essentials Handbook, Family Law Section Pro Bono Committee

“In Practice: Family Law Considerations for the First Client Interview,” Texas Lawyer, January 10, 2011

“Defending the Drug User…P.S. Your Client Is a Liar” (with Jim Turnage), The American Bar Association Section of Family Law and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education Teleconference and Live Audio Webcast, November 2010

“Looking for the Game Changer — Marketing Your Firm in 2010,” Panel Moderator, Sports Financial Advisors Association 6th Annual Conference, November 2010

“When is a Residence Really a Residence?” Annette Stewart American Inn of Court, September 2010

“The Rules for Unmarried Couples,” Texas Lawyer, August 9, 2010,

“When is a Residence Really a Residence?” Advanced Family Law Course, August 2010

“Who’s Your Daddy? – Paternity Fraud,” 10th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines, July 2010

“Equitable Relief/Reimbursement,” Marriage Dissolution Institute, May 2010.

“Attorney’s Fees,” The Ultimate Trial Notebook: Family Law, December 2009

“Current Issues in our Economic Times,” Panelist, Sports Financial Advisors Association 5th Annual Conference, November 2009

“Reimbursement Revisited: The Current Status of the Law and How to Effectively Make your Claim; Claims You can Make Against Separate Property Companies, Jenson Claims, Alter Ego, Reverse Piercing and Representing the Spouse Who Does Not Run the Company,” Panelist, Advanced Family Law Course, August 2009

“Discovery,” Advanced Family Law Course Boot Camp, August 2009

“Economic Contribution and Reimbursement: Where We Are and Where We’re Going,” 9th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines, June 2009

“Discovery from Third Parties,” Panelist, Marriage Dissolution Institute, April 2009

“Preparation for Temporary Orders Hearings,” 2009 Family Law Essentials Handbook, Family Law Section Pro Bono Committee

“International Issues Involving Children,” Advanced Family Law Drafting, December 2008

“Back in the Garage: Concluding the Divorce Action,” National Business Institute, November 2008

“Case Assessment – Does the Emperor Have Clothes?” Advanced Family Law Course Boot Camp, August 2008

“Developing the Attorney/Client Relationship,” 8th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines, June 2008

“Preparation for Temporary Orders Hearings – What To Do in the Last 100 Days/Hours/Minutes – Burdensome Limitations,” Marriage Dissolution Institute, April 2008

“Guaranteed Pay: What a Deal, or Is It?” – Characterization of Unusual Employment Contracts”, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, October 2006 (co-authored with Katherine A. Kinser)

“Family Law and The Entertainment Arena – Print, Television, Film and Beyond,” 16th Annual Entertainment Law Institute, October 2006 (co-authored with Katherine A. Kinser)

“Enforcement of Pre- and Post-Marital Agreements,” LexisNexis Texas Family Code Seminar, October 2006

“Family Violence ; FAQ RE P.O.’s: The ABC’s of Protective Orders,” Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar, September 2006

Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, Spring 2006, Vol. 15, No. 1, “The PASS Payment: Negotiating the Professional Athlete’s Child Support Obligations” (co-authored with Matthew G. Grimmer and Katherine A. Kinser)

Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists 20th Annual Trial Institute – 2006 – Trial Participant

“In Family Law Cases, Watch for Warning Signs of Violence,” Texas Lawyer, March 7, 2005