Gary M. Moates

Real Estate Section head

Real Estate
  • Gary has represented sellers, purchasers, developers, investors, lenders, title companies, landlords and tenants in various real estate transactions for more than 40 years. He represents litigants and acts as an expert witness in litigation involving real estate and title matters.  He also represents real estate clients before planning and zoning commissions, boards of adjustment and city counsels.

Sales & Acquisitions
  • Recently represented a seller of a large multi-million dollar affordable housing complex.

  • Recently represented a group of plaintiffs in two undeveloped land partition actions for property valued in excess of $6 million dollars.


Gary just celebrated his 20th year at Decker Jones which is only the beginning of the story. Gary’s first year at Decker Jones was in 1973. After a 21 year break where he served as president of a title company, Gary came back to Decker Jones and has been head of the Real Estate Section ever since.

Gary is a diehard Texas Longhorn football fan. He has a BAA from UT in Finance as well as season tickets to all the games. Gary’s favorite player, Colt McCoy is no surprise given Colt’s passion for living a Christ centered life.

Gary is no doubt one of the wisest members of the Decker Jones family. Being raised in Fort Worth, and a graduate of Arlington Heights High School, Gary can’t go anywhere without running into an old friend. This plus his extensive experience in local real estate transactions means he is the guy that has seen it all and can answer just about any real estate question there is.

  • Education

    University of Texas, (Bachelor’s of Business Administration/Finance, 1970)

    University of Houston, (Juris Doctor, 1973)

  • Other Experience
    • Chief Operating Officer, Safeco Land Title of Tarrant County (now Republic Title) (1985-1987)
    • President, Tarrant Title Company (now Fidelity Title) (1987 – 1989)
    • President, Independent Metropolitan Title Agents of Texas, Inc., the Title Insurance Industry Non-Profit Association (1988 – 1989)
  • Awards & Recognitions
    • “Super Lawyers — Real Estate” by Thomson Reuters, (2007 – 2017)
    • “Tarrant County Top Attorneys” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, (2005 – 2014)
    • “Thomas B. Weatherly Award” from the University of Houston College of Law
  • Memberships
    • State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
    • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
    • Tarrant County Bar Association, Fellow
    • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, Director, (1974)
    • Order of the Barons (Honorary Scholastic Society at the University of Houston College of Law)
    • Phi Delta Phi
  • Community Involvment
    • City of Fort Worth Zoning Commissioner (1996 – 2003)
    • Leadership Fort Worth
    • Fort Worth Public Library Foundation Board of Directors, (2008 – 2009)
Gary Moates Chuck Milliken Enjoying a firm post softball party.