Robert "Pete" A. Seale

Phone: (713) 979-4638

Houston attorney Pete Seale is of counsel to the firm. He 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.

He 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
    Louisiana State University Law Review; Research Asst., Prof. Geo. W. Hardy, III, author of Louisiana Mineral Code
  • Bachelor of Business Studies, Louisiana State University, 1964

Professional Licenses and Admissions to Practice

  • Attorney at Law, Texas, 1969
  • Attorney at Law, Louisiana, 1967 (currently inactive)
  • United States Tax Court

Professional Experience

  • Oaks, Hartline & Daly, L.L.P., Of Counsel Attorney, 2015 – Present
  • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Partner, 2011-2015
  • Liskow & Lewis: Of Counsel, 2006-2010
  • Phelps, Dunbar, Houston Office, Managing Partner, 2002-2005
  • Vinson & Elkins, Administrative Head, Personal Tax & Estates Group, Associate and Senior Partner-1968-1997
  • Hon. Ben C. Dawkins, Chief Judge, Western District of Louisiana, Law Clerk, 1967-1968

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American Bar Association
    Section of Taxation
    Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
  • State Bar of Texas
    Tax Section
    Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Section
    Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Life Member