Attorney Profiles

Gordon R. Pate and Karen Spivey

Gordon R. Pate and Karen Spivey

Respected, Trusted Civil Trial Firm

Pate & Spivey, L.L.P. is a respected, trusted civil trial firm with a proven track record of success. The firm's core principles are respect for the client, hard work, and effective, ethical, and efficient legal representation.

Recognized for Legal Excellence

P&S attorneys have been recognized by many organizations for their excellent legal abilities:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Diplomate - Gordon R. Pate
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate - Karen Spivey
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent Ratings - Gordon R. Pate and Karen Spivey
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow - Karen Spivey
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certification in Personal Injury Trial Law - Karen Spivey
  • Texas Super Lawyer - Karen Spivey

Active Members of Legal Organizations and Associations

P&S attorneys are involved in many local, statewide, and national legal organizations.

  • American Bar Association - Gordon R. Pate and Karen Spivey
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Diplomate - Gordon R. Pate
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate - Karen Spivey
  • Defense Research Institute - Gordon R. Pate and Karen Spivey
  • First Judicial District of Texas Bar Association - Gordon R. Pate and Karen Spivey
  • Jefferson County Bar Association - Gordon R. Pate and Karen Spivey
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel - Gordon R. Pate and Karen Spivey
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow - Karen Spivey
  • State Bar of Texas - Gordon R. Pate and Karen Spivey

Dedicated to Serving the Community

P&S attorneys enjoy serving their community. They have worked as leaders and volunteers in a variety of ways to help improve the legal community and community at large.

  • El Mina Shrine Temple, past Potentate - Gordon R. Pate
  • Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for Eastern District of Texas 2011, member
    - Karen Spivey
  • International Shrine Association Grievance and Appeals Committee, Past Member
    - Gordon R. Pate
  • Jefferson County Pro Bono Program Volunteer - Karen Spivey
  • Jefferson County Veterans‚ Legal Advice Clinic Volunteer - Karen Spivey
  • Jefferson County Professionalism Award Committee Chair 2012 - Karen Spivey
  • Masonic Lodge No. 282, Beaumont, Master - Gordon R. Pate
  • Nemloof Clowns - Gordon R. Pate
  • Shriners Hospital for Children, Galveston - Gordon R. Pate
    • Board of Trustees - 9 years
    • Chairman of Board of Trustees - 2 years
    • Emeritus Board Member
  • Scottish Rite Society, 33rd Degree - Gordon R. Pate
  • St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, past Deacon - Karen Spivey
  • St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Beaumont Foundation, Inc. - Karen Spivey
    • Board of Directors, 2011-2014
    • Vice President, 2012
    • Secretary, 2013, 2014
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Past Vestry - Gordon R. Pate
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Past Vestry - Gordon R. Pate

Pate & Spivey, L.L.P. Welcomes Attorney Sonja R. Galvin to the Firm.

Sonja Galvin joins Pate & Spivey law firm

Sonja R. Galvin

Sonja is licensed to practice in the state of Texas with her education including a Bachelor of Business Degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston.

She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Jefferson County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  She also has experience as a Texas All Lines Licensed Adjuster.

Contact us today by email or telephone (409) 838-6578 to learn how our experienced trial attorneys can help you.

*AV-Preeminent certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards. A-V Preeminent is the highest-attainable rating.