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Kyle W. Sanders

Partner
Assistant
Mary Rowan
D: 713.730.5113
mrowan@grayreed.com
Education
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1993
  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1996
Bar Admission
  • Texas

Board Certified - Family Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Best Lawyers in America

 
2016 Texas Super Lawyers

Kyle, a director and partner of Gray Reed, is the head of the firm’s family law section. His practice focuses on all aspects of family law, including divorce proceedings, complex property characterization, valuation and division, child support modifications, modifications of visitation and parental rights, enforcement of court orders, and premarital and post-marital agreements.

Kyle is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Prior to specializing in family law matters, Kyle practiced several years in the area of commercial litigation giving him the experience to handle the difficult business issues present in most complex property division cases. Kyle continues to handle commercial litigation cases for several clients allowing him to stay abreast of the evolving laws and issues in commercial disputes, much of which impacts complex divorce matters.

In addition to his representation of clients, Kyle also serves on the firm’s executive committee and is a member of the Family Law Council which is the governing body of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and its 6,000 members.

Kyle has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine every year since he became eligible in 2010 and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Woodward/White, Inc.'s The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Family Law and Family Law Mediation every year since 2009. 

Board Certifications

  • Board certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Representative Experience

  • Handled, settled and, when necessary, tried over 500 complex family law cases.
  • Represented an 11 year NBA veteran in the negotiation and execution of a premarital agreement to protect existing assets and future contract rights.
  • Represented a Grammy award winning artist in a multi-jurisdictional action to void a recording contract executed as a minor. The case settled on favorable terms with the recording company renegotiating the artist's contract.
  • Defended a corporation alleged to be the alter ego of the wife/owner in a divorce proceeding. Upon the close of evidence at trial, the corporation was dismissed from the suit on a successful motion for directed verdict. The decision was upheld on appeal - Marcum v. Marcum, 2008 WL 2388073, (Tex.App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2008, no pet.) (memorandum opinion).
  • Defended a mother in a suit for malicious prosecution and abuse of process stemming from a prior child support action - the matter was tried over a nine day period to a jury who found for the mother on all issues.
  • Successfully reinstated a mother's parental rights on a Bill of Review where her rights had been previously terminated based on fraud and deceit.
  • Successfully defended a local corporation against claims of employment discrimination. The case was tried to a jury in Harris County for eight days with the Plaintiff seeking damages in excess of $4,000,000; the jury returned a verdict in favor of the Defendants.

Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists

Honors

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Woodward/White, Inc.'s The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Family Law and Family Law Mediation (2009 – 2016)
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters business) as published in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazine (2010 – 2016)
  • Certified Mediator, A.A White Dispute Resolution Center (1996)

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Advanced Negotiation Techniques” – 41st  Annual Advanced Family Law Course (August 2015)
  • “Challenging Allegations of Mutation” – 19th Annual New Frontiers in Marital Property Law (October 2014)
  • Course Director – 40th Annual Advanced Family Law Course (August 2014)
  • "Discovery: The New “New Rules”, Electronically Stored Information, Objections and Drafting Tips" – 39th Annual Advanced Family Law Course  (August 2013)
  • “Tax Returns” – Marriage Dissolution 101 (April 2013)
  • "Child Support" – Advanced Family Law Course (August 2011)
  • "Buy/Sell Agreements" – Advanced Family Law Drafting Course  (December 2010)
  • "Electronic Evidence and Discovery" – South Texas College of Law Family Law Conference  (March 2010)
  • "Drafting and Entering Orders" – The Ultimate Trial Notebook: Family Law  (December 2009)
  • "Valuation Workshop: Current Valuation Challenges" – Advanced Family Law Course  (August 2009)
  • "Debts and Liabilities: A Subprime Divorce" – Marriage Dissolution Institute  (April 2009)
  • "Presenting Financial Cases" – Advanced Family Law Course  (August 2008)
  • "Economic Contribution" – University of Houston Law Foundation - Family Law Practice Seminar  (November 2006)
  • "Evidence and Discovery" – Advanced Family Law Course  (August 2006)
  • "Responding and Objecting to Written Discovery" – Marriage Dissolution Institute  (April 2006)
  • "Economic Contribution" – University of Houston Law Foundation - Family Law Practice Seminar  (November 2005)
  • "Direct and Cross-examination" – Advanced Family Law Course-Boot Camp  (August 2005)
  • "Preparing for Trial and the Trial Notebook" – South Texas College of Law Family Law Conference  (February 2005)
  • "How to Qualify for and Pass the Family Law Board Certification Exam" – Advanced Family Law Course  (August 2004)
  • "Economic Contribution, Reimbursement and Tracing" – South Texas College of Law Family Law Conference  (February 2004)
  • "How to Qualify for and Pass the Family Law Board Certification Exam" – Advanced Family Law Course (August 2003)
  • "Economic Contribution" -- University of Houston Law Foundation – Family Law Practice Seminar  (March 2003)
  • "Technology in Law" -- Houston Bar Association – Family Law Section  (March 2003)
  • "Overview of Property Characterization and Marital Liabilities" – National Business Institute  (October 2002)
  • "Impact of Automatic Stay on Marital Dissolution" – National Business Institute  (October 2002)
  • "The Use of Trusts in Family Law" – State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Drafting Institute  (December 2001)