Amy Bates Ames

Amy Bates Ames has over twelve years of experience as a licensed attorney and counselor of law and is the managing member and owner of Ames Law Firm, PLLC in Tyler, Texas.

Licenses/Professional Associations.  Ms. Ames is licensed to practice in all courts for the State of Texas, the Federal District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She is a member of the Bankruptcy section of the State Bar of Texas; the East Texas Bankruptcy Bar Association serving as Treasurer; the Smith County Bar Association, of which she has served as Women’s Section chairperson; and the Smith County Bar Foundation, of which she has served on the Law Day committee. 

Practice Areas.  Amy has experience in a variety of areas.  She enjoys providing personal attention to her clients and cases.  She diligently strives to meet the legal needs of her clients in an expeditious yet thorough manner. 

Bankruptcy. One of Amy’s primary areas of practice is in the field of Chapter 7, 11, and 13 Bankruptcy cases and litigation.  She has represented business and consumer debtors in bankruptcy cases and has represented creditors in bankruptcy cases.  She has also represented a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee in various bankruptcy litigation as well as representing parties in adversary litigation.  

Wills and Probate.  Amy also represents clients in preparation of wills, affidavits of heirship, durable and medical powers of attorney, advanced directives, as well has representing clients in probate proceedings.

Litigation.  Other primary practice areas include business and civil litigation, consumer law, DTPA, real property law, landlord-tenant law, foreclosures, evictions, corporate law, commercial litigation, and appellate law.  

Background/Experience.  Amy is a native of Marshall, Texas, graduating from Marshall High School in 1991, in the top 2% of her graduating class. Her undergraduate studies were spent at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995, majoring in Government and obtaining a Secondary Teaching Certification in the Spring 1996.  During college, Amy interned for the Texas Attorney General Office–Consumer Protection Division and served as a legislative liaison to the Texas Legislature.

Amy received her Juris Doctorate law degree in 1999, from South Texas College of Law (STCL) in Houston, Texas and was honored by making the Dean's List and was awarded the American Jurisprudence Highest Grade Award in Wills, Trusts and Estates at her law school.  She also served as President of STCL University of Texas Exes club at her law school. She also studied international law courses abroad at the University of Malta. During law school, she worked as a legal research assistant for Professor Charles Weigel at the Legal Institute for Medical Studies and worked as a law clerk at the law firm of Fleming & Associates, L.L.P. (1997-1999).

After graduating law school, Amy returned to East Texas to pursue a legal career and raise her family.  Before establishing her own law firm Ames Law Firm, PLLC in Tyler, Texas in 2009, she worked for almost ten years as an Associate Attorney for the law firm of Jason R. Searcy & Associates, P.C., formerly known as Jason R. Searcy, PC (now known as Searcy & Searcy, P.C.) (1999-2009). 

Famiily/Community Involvement. Amy married her law school classmate Douglas N. Ames, who is the Deputy Chief Staff Attorney for the Twelfth Court of Appeals, located in Tyler, Texas.  They have two sons, one in elementary school and one in preschool.  While not working, the Ames family enjoys attending church at Marvin United Methodist Church (where Amy has served as her Sunday School class President and where she and Doug have served as Kindergarten teachers).  They also often spend their weekends attending their children’s sporting events and waterskiing with their family.  They are members of the Tyler Water Ski Club, Inc. of which Doug serves as President. 

Amy is active in her community.  She is a graduate of the Leadership Tyler Class 23 (LT 23).  She and several members of her LT Class 23 (including Amy as a bankruptcy and consumer law attorney, various bankers, financial planners, and certified public accountants) partnered with the United Way of Smith County, Texas to provide free financial literacy education programs in Smith County.  Amy has presented the “Debt” portion of the financial literacy program to the Christian Women’s Job Corp. in Tyler, Texas. 

Amy has also spoken at a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar for the Smith County Bar Association (SCBA) on “What Every Legal Practitioner Needs to Know about Bankruptcy” (2009).

Amy has also served as speaker to high school students in the State Bar of Texas Money Management program and has served for many years as a volunteer for the Lone Star Legal Aid pro bono attorney program.  Amy is also a member of the Junior League of Tyler and The Women’s Fund of Tyler, Smith County, Texas.  She has also served on the Women in Tyler committee.