Kyle W. Sanders

Our family law practice has the experience and sophistication to handle big cases all over Texas with the most challenging property division issues. But what really sets our practice apart is how we define “winning” a case. It’s not just about the legal issues – it’s about accomplishing the client’s precise objectives as quickly, effectively and efficiently as possible.

One of the most sought-after lawyers for high-net-worth individuals throughout Texas, Kyle Sanders has successfully resolved hundreds of complex family law cases involving emotionally-charged disputes and sophisticated property and business issues. 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.

As Chair of the Family Law Department, Kyle leads a team of experienced problem-solvers and trial lawyers dedicated to putting the client’s unique objectives above all else. Regardless of the complexity of the case or the value of the property at stake, Kyle’s approach is always the same – identify the client’s goals, design a rational strategy unclouded by emotion and work diligently every day to resolve the case under the client’s desired terms and time frame.

Kyle is a member of the Family Law Council, the peer-selected governing body of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and its 6,000 members. In 2018 and 2021, Kyle was recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for Family Law Mediation in Houston by The Best Lawyers in America. This distinction is awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one lawyer is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each specialty and location. 

Representative Experience
  • Handled, settled and, when necessary, tried over 500 complex family law cases.
  • Represented a client in the negotiation and division of a $150,000,000.00 estate involving complex tracing and characterization issues.  The case was resolved, documented and finalized with the court in less than four months.
  • Represented a client in a divorce involving over 70 entities. Organized a team of Gray Reed lawyers to form a new management structure, decant and reform two trusts and construct a resolution that met the needs and desires of all involved parties – a resolution not possible through court intervention.
  • 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).
Thought Leadership / News
August 2015 
 Speeches and Presentations
Advanced Negotiation Techniques
41st Annual Advanced Family Law Course
October 2014 
 Speeches and Presentations
Challenging Allegations of Mutation
19th Annual New Frontiers in Marital Property Law
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as the "Lawyer of the Year" in Houston for Family Law Mediation (2018, 2021) and Family Law (2020)
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Woodward/White, Inc.'s The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Family Law, Family Law Arbitration and Family Law Mediation (2009 – 2022)
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters business) as published in Texas Monthly (2010 – 2021)
  • Named a Houstonia Magazine Top Lawyer in Houston (2017 - 2020)
  • Certified Mediator, A.A White Dispute Resolution Center (1996)
Organizational Involvement
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center (1996)
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame (1993)
Bar Admission
  • Texas