Michael “Tate” Barkley

Partner, Attorney

Attorney Bio

Tate Barkley is a founding Partner of Bain & Barkley where he serves as Managing Partner of five lawyers and over 15 support staff. Over the last 17 years, Bain & Barkley has grown to become a multi-specialty practice in the areas of Insurance Defense Litigation, Employment Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Fraud, and confidential in-house investigations.

In addition to his litigation experience, Tate is also a TMCA Candidate for Credentialed Mediator and a graduate of the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center. He conducts mediations at the Greenway Mediation Center and the Bain & Barkley office in Sugar Land.  He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston School of Communications for 16 years where his courses include: Communications Law and Ethics, Bargaining and Negotiation, and Persuasion.

Tate has developed and presented Ethics and Fraud compliance training as well as Fiduciary training for Boards of Directors and Executives with numerous institutional clients, including Sarbanes-Oxley training. In 2008, Tate published his first book “Successful Ethical Decision Making; Get What You Want Without Getting In Trouble” and subsequently became 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.

A graduate of the University of Texas and South Texas College of Law, Tate was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1991. He is also a member of the Houston Bar Association, Fort Bend Bar Association, and the Texas Bar Association.  Tate currently serves as a board member for Avenue CDC.


After 27 years practicing Civil Litigation, Michael Tate Barkley has added Mediator to his credentials. Bain & Barkley is pleased to offer this valuable service to our clients.

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

Bar Admissions

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

Specializing In:

  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Law
  • Mediation