Michael “Tate” Barkley

Partner, Attorney

Attorney Bio

Michael “Tate” Barkley has been a practicing attorney for more than 24 years. Tate has extensive experience in Catastrophic Loss as well as First-Party Homeowners’ losses, including Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Ike, and hailstorm cases in venues all across the state of Texas. He has actively practiced Insurance Defense law while managing an active litigation docket. He has a consistent record of success trying Personal Injury and Insurance Law Cases to verdict.

Tate is a member of the Houston and Texas Bar Associations as well as an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and the Board Source Organization, which is dedicated to Effective Not-For-Profit Boards. He is also a professor at the University of Houston, where he has taught Communication Law & Ethics and Bargaining & Negotiation for the past 13 years. He has also developed a training seminar for deposition and trial testimony which was used by over one thousand witnesses. Tate is also the author of “Successful Ethical Decision Making: Get What You Want Without Getting In Trouble.”

“Tate” is also a retained keynote and platform speaker for multiple organizations and associations on Successful Ethical Decision Making, Respect In The Workplace, and a wide range of other legal and social issues. He has been trained by the American Society of Training and Development and is a Certified Prejudice Reduction Trainer with the National Coalition Building Institute. Tate is also an Associate Member of the National Speakers Association.

Along with his law partner, Stephen Bain, Tate founded Bain & Barkley, A Partnership of Professional Corporations, in 2001. Tate has an undergraduate degree from The University of Texas (B.A. 1987) and received his law degree from South Texas College of Law (J.D. 1990).

Bar Admissions

  • Texas State Bar, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Specializing In:

  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Law


Sugar Land/Houston Area
Sugar Land, Texas
Phone: (281) 980-3100
Fax: (281) 980-3195