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Robert A. “Pete” Seale

Of Counsel

Direct: 713-979-4638


Mr. Seale practices in the areas of income and estate tax planning and general business law. For almost 50 years he has advised private individuals, families and closely held businesses regarding management, management succession and preservation of wealth by utilization of charitable trusts, life insurance and closely held family limited partnerships, wills and trusts, formed corporations, partnerships and joint ventures for parties engaged in real estate, oil and gas, and thoroughbred breeding, domestically and internationally. Mr. Seale served as managing trustee of one of the largest groups of family trusts ever established in Harris County as well as related estate administrations required to fund these trusts. He has extensive experience in formation and administration of charitable organizations, both public and private.


  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, Louisiana State University Law Center-1967
  • Member, Louisiana State University Law Review; Research Asst.,
  • Prof. Geo. W. Hardy, III, author-Louisiana Mineral Code
  • BBS Louisiana State University-1964

Professional Licenses

  • Louisiana, 1967 (currently inactive)
  • Texas, 1969

Court Admissions

  • Texas
  • United States Tax Court

Professional Experience

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Ben C. Dawkins, Chief Judge (W.D. LA)-1967-68
  • Vinson & Elkins, Associate and Senior Partner-1968-1997, Administrative Head, Personal Tax & Estates Group
  • Phelps, Dunbar: Managing Partner, Houston Office-2002-05
  • Liskow & Lewis: Of Counsel, 2006-2010
  • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP: Partner, 2011-2015

Professional Memberships

  • ABA: Sections of Taxation and Real Property, Trust and Probate
  • State Bar of Texas: Sections of Taxation, Oil and Gas and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
  • Texas Bar Foundation: Sustaining Life Member
  • Houston Bar Association: Life Member