Gordon R. Pate Shareholder

  • GordonPate@MehaffyWeber.com

Gordon R. Pate, Sr. was born in Buffalo, Texas in 1928. He obtained both his undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Texas before beginning a long and distinguished legal career. He has adeptly and successfully handled insurance litigation cases, defended against personal injury claims, and represented businesses both in and out of the courtroom. His legal acumen has earned him the distinction of being selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for multiple years.

Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Pate serves his community and the greater good by volunteering his time with the International Shrine Association, Masonic Lodge 286, and his church.

Mr. Pate has been licensed for over 65 years and works in Beaumont, Texas. He has tried over 250 cases to verdict.

  • The University of Texas at Austin, J.D., 1954
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.S., 1952
  • State of Texas, 1954
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association, Insurance Section Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Diplomat Member of Houston Chapter
  • First Judicial District Bar Association of Texas
  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • El Mina Shrine Temple, Member and Past Potentate
  • International Shrine Association Grievance and Appeals Committee
  • Shriners Hospital for Children, Past Chairman and Emeritus Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Masonic Lodge No. 286, Member and Former Master
  • Mark’s Episcopal Church, Former Vestry
  • Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Former Vestry
  • Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as a “Texas’ Top Rated Lawyer® AV® Preeminent™ Rated
  • ABOTA 2018 Seventh Amendment Warrior Award
  • 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Society Recipient
  • Golden Trowel Award Recipient
  • Best Lawyers®
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law (2012, 2019-2021)

Borel v. Fiberboard Paper Products Corporation, al.
The landmark asbestosis case tried in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division. Mr. Pate represented one of the few defendants who tried the case to verdict. The judgment was only $58,534. The Fifth Circuit affirmed the judgment.