Michael “Tate” Barkley

Partner, Attorney

Attorney Bio

Tate has over 27 years experience in First Party and Personal Injury litigation as well as fraud and in-house investigations.

Tate Barkley is a founding Partner of Bain & Barkley and has helped the firm grow to become a multi-specialty practice in the areas of Insurance Defense Litigation, Coverage, Fraud Investigation, and confidential in-house investigations.  Tate has achieved an AV Peer Review Rating of “Preeminent”.

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 since 2000 where his courses include: Communications Law and Ethics, Bargaining and Negotiation, and Persuasion. Tate is the 2019 recipient of the U of H Jack Valenti School of Communications Outstanding Teaching by a Lecturer award.

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, 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:

  • Insurance Defense (Auto, Home, and Coverage)
  • Mediation