Our Attorneys

MELVIN G. BATEMAN

Awards and Recognitions
¨         Named Best Attorney in Athens by Athens Daily Review, 2001, 2003, 2005 & 2014
¨         CASA Shining Star Award - Child Advocacy
 
Representative Experience
¨         Maintained successful general practice in Athens, Texas since 1971, practicing in adoptions, business law, child custody, criminal law, divorce, family law, probate, real estate, trusts, wills and estates, and general civil and criminal practice
¨         President and Chief Executive Officer, East Texas Title Company, Athens, Texas, 1983 - Present
¨         Mediated over 100 cases since 2000, including adoptions, child custody, divorce, real estate, and commercial litigation           
¨         Professor, Trinity Valley Community College, 1980-1991
 
Bar Admissions
¨         State Bar of Texas, 1971
¨         United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 1971
¨         United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 1977
 
Education
¨         Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
            Juris Doctorate, 1971
            Vice-President, Student Bar Association, Baylor University School of Law
            Member, Phi Alpha Delta, Legal Honor Society
¨         Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas
            Bachelor of Arts, Government Major, 1968       
 
Community and Professional Service 
¨          Founding member - Perpetual Endowment Fund, First United Methodist Church
¨         Athens Rotary Club
¨         Member Henderson County Child Welfare Board
¨         Henderson County YMCA—Founding Board Member
¨         Henderson County YMCA—Director of the Youth and Government Program
¨         Athens Chamber of Commerce—Ambassador
¨         Athens Junior Chamber of Commerce—Board of Directors
¨         Athens ISD—President of Parent Program for Talented And Gifted Children
¨         Director and General Counsel, Disciples Clinic of Athens

BRIDGET Bateman

Co-Founder
BRIDGET BATEMAN

Representative Experience
¨         Former Felony Prosecutor in Henderson County, Texas
¨         Practice areas include Elder Law, Probate, Wills, Trusts & Estates, Guardianships & Real Estate
 
Bar Admissions
¨         State Bar of Texas, May, 2007
 
Education
¨         South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
            Juris Doctorate, December, 2006
¨         Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
            Bachelor of Business Administration, August, 2003
            Graduated Cum Laude
 
Community and Professional Service
¨         State Bar of Texas
¨         Member of Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of State Bar of Texas
¨         Henderson County Bar Association
¨         Member Clint W. Murchison Library Foundation
¨         Member Henderson County Child Welfare Board
 
Presentations
¨         Speaker, Wills & Trusts, Hosted by East Texas Medical Center, Athens¨         Speaker, Elder Law, Wills & Trusts, Hosted by Trinity Valley Community College, Athens, Texas