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Gordon Pate, and Karen Spivey, Attorneys at Law -- Pate & Spivey, LLP

Karen L. Spivey

“Our law firm is founded on certain core principals: respect for the client, strong work ethic, effective, efficient legal representation.”

~ Karen L. Spivey, Partner, P&S

Karen L. Spivey

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Karen Spivey was born into a military family in Fort Hood, Texas, and spent her early years in Texas, Germany, Arizona, and Louisiana. Upon retiring from the Army, her family moved to Copperas Cove, Texas, then to Houston, where she graduated from Sharpstown High School in 1979. Upon graduation, she attended the University of Houston where she achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, graduating Cum Laude in 1983. After completing her undergraduate studies, Karen attended the University of Houston Law Center, where she received her law degree in 1986.

In 1987, Karen joined Gordon R. Pate in Beaumont to begin her legal practice. She immediately began honing her trial skills throughout East Texas courts, successfully representing individuals and businesses accused of wrongdoing. From the beginning of her career, she demonstrated a commitment to excellence and a strong work ethic. In 1991, Karen became a partner with the firm. She is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has continually been named a Texas Super Lawyer, has attained the AV-Preeminent ranking by Martindale Hubbell for excellence in legal abilities and ethics, and the rank of Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Individuals, small businesses, and large corporations call upon Karen to represent them in catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and other cases involving serious injury and significant damages. She has also served as local counsel for various national law firms and corporations.

P&S is founded on certain core principals, the first and foremost being respect for the client. Karen demonstrates her respect for the client by providing diligent, effective, and ethical legal representation. She believes that each client’s case deserves the full legal knowledge and resources of the firm.

Because of her outstanding reputation in the legal community, Karen has been called upon to serve as a member of the Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for Eastern District of Texas and as Chair of the Jefferson County Professionalism Award Committee. She is licensed to practice in all Texas state courts, all federal courts in the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas and in the U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit.

Karen also takes seriously her commitment to her local community. She leads and participates in many organizations and activities which provide legal and humanitarian services to those who are less fortunate.

Certified Legal Specialties
  • Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Veteran Affairs Certification for Veterans Benefit Claims
Bar Admissions
  • Admitted to State Bar of Texas -1986
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Honors, Awards & Legal Recognitions
  • American Board of Trial Advocates - Advocate
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating
  • Texas Bar Foundation - Sustaining Life Fellow
  • Texas Super Lawyers

Special Appointments
  • Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for Eastern District of Texas ‚Äì 2011
  • Jefferson County Professionalism Award Committee Chair - 2012
  • Local Rules Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of Texas - 2017
Seminar Presentations & Publications

"Fraudulent Joinder of the Insurance Adjuster," Jan. 2010, Texas Insurance Law Symposium, Southeast Texas College of Law - Author and Speaker

Personal Information

Born Fort Hood Texas, May 1961

  • University of Houston (Bachelor of Science, Economics - Cum Laude 1983)
  • University of Houston Law Center (Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1986)
Published Works & Reported Decisions

Blanchard v. Wal-Mart Stores, Texas, LP, 368 F.Supp.2d 621, E.D. Tex., Feb. 22, 2005
Johnson v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 217 F.Supp.2d 762, E. D. Tex., May 8, 2002
Waltrip v. Bilbon Corp., 38 S.W.3d 873, Tex. App. - Beaumont, March 15, 2001

"Fraudulent Joinder of the Insurance Adjuster" presented at Texas Insurance Law Symposium, Southeast Texas College of Law, Jan. 2010.

Community Service Activities
  • Jefferson County Pro Bono Program Volunteer
  • Jefferson County Veterans' Legal Advice Clinic Volunteer
  • St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Elder and past Deacon, Karen Spivey
  • St. Andrew Presbyterian Church of Beaumont Foundation, Inc. - Karen Spivey
    • Board of Directors, 2011-2016
    • Vice President, 2012
    • Secretary, 2013, 2014
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
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