Marie is a practice group leader of the
firm-wide Appellate practice. The firm’s Appellate practice group was formed in
1991 and is acknowledged to be “one of the largest and strongest appellate
groups in the state” by Chambers USA.
Marie has presented over 125 oral arguments in federal and state appellate courts across the country. Regarding her “ability to pull together the many strands of an argument,” clients report that “[w]atching the firm’s appellate star, Marie Yeates in action is ‘like
watching someone conducting an orchestra,’” (Chambers USA 2005). She has been involved in the appeal of various types of litigation, including commercial disputes, business torts, oil and gas, securities law, class actions, tax, trade secrets, labor law, and condemnation.
Marie is recognized as a top-tier appellate lawyer with a reputation for thoroughness, perfectionism, and unparalleled preparation. According to Chambers
USA 2009, she “is noted for her impressive advocacy and rapid grasp of the most complex issues.” She “is a ‘go-to appellate expert,’ affirm clients, who value her ‘high level of excellence and hard-working approach,’” (Chambers USA 2008). In 2007, Chambers USA reported that clients
view Marie as “‘incredibly tenacious and intensely focused,’ praising her reputation as a long-standing appellate lawyer with the accompanying experience. ‘She is a major force to be reckoned with.’” And, in Chambers
USA 2006, “clients admired ‘the extremely smart’ Marie Yeates for her ‘intense dedication’ to her national appellate practice.” Chambers
USA 2012 lauds Marie as a “rare talent” and, according to one source, she is an “outstanding
appellate lawyer; very bright, very hard-working and known in particular for
being meticulous.” This reputation is clearly widespread, with Marie described elsewhere as “truly amazing” and someone who “can take very
complicated things and bring them together to form strong arguments.”Since Chambersinstituted its ranking for appellate lawyers in 2005, Marie has consistently been recognized, each year, in the top category (Band 1) of appellate litigators in Texas. From 2009 to 2012, she was also given a national ranking
by Chambers in recognition of the breadth of her appellate practice. Further, The National Law Journal (December 17, 2001) named her as one of America’s Top 50 Women Litigators.
Marie served as the Managing Partner of the Houston office from 2007 to 2014.