Gary M. Moates

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Real Estate
  • Mr. Moates 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.  Mr. Moates also represents real estate clients before planning and zoning commissions, boards of adjustment and city councils.

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

  • Mr. Moates represents property owners in condemnations.  He has experience with pre-condemnation negotiations, working with experienced appraisers and presentations in special commissioners hearings.



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

Mr. Moates is a diehard Texas Longhorn football fan. In addition to be a season ticket holder to all the games, Mr. Moates holds a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in Finance. His favorite player, Colt McCoy, is no surprise given Colt’s passion for living a Christ-centered life.

Mr. Moates is, no doubt, not only one of the most experienced but also one of the friendliest members of the Decker Jones family. A Fort Worth native and graduate of Arlington Heights High School, Mr. Moates 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
    • “Top Attorneys” by 360 West Magazine (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)
    • “Super Lawyers — Real Estate” by Thomson Reuters, (2007 – 2023)
    • “Top Attorneys” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, (2005 – 2023)
    • “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.