About YetterColeman LLP
Formidable Texan litigation boutique firm Yetter Coleman is adept at achieving complete reversals, no-payment judgments and hefty settlements on million-dollar claims. Its selective hiring practices ensure that its league of just under 40 lawyers is comprised of nothing but the best trial and appellate talent.
All Litigation from the Start
Yetter Coleman’s story begins in Houston in 1997 when ex-BigLaw partners Paul Yetter and David Warden founded Yetter Warden LLP. Ten years later, another BigLaw alum Greg Coleman joined the firm along with a troupe of appellate lawyers from Austin. In 2010, the firm changed its name to Yetter Coleman.
For the Big and the Small
Since its inception, Yetter Coleman has attracted top trial and appellate lawyers. The firm was recognized as a National Boutique Litigation Firm of the Year Finalist by The American Lawyer in 2019. And the firm’s Appellate, Commercial, Energy, and IP practices have been recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”
The firm is especially noted for its expertise in contracts, business torts, appellate litigation, intellectual property, antitrust, securities, and energy. Yetter Coleman’s clients have included American Airlines, Chevron, IBM, and General Electric. But the firm doesn’t always represent big companies; it has a history of sticking it to them, too. The firm’s experiences on the opposite side of the case include victories for shareholders against a large petroleum company and for employees in a multi-district litigation regarding overtime compensation.
A Humble Leader
Yetter Coleman uses its talent for good, which is very much inspired by the big heart of named partner Paul Yetter. Yetter is known for his down-to-earth, humble personality both in the courtroom and out. (As detailed in a July 2019 article in The Texas Lawbook, despite being a prolific trial lawyer, Yetter takes the bus to work, with a brown bag lunch in tow). Taking no shortcuts when donating time and resources, the firm recently worked on a pro bono case aimed at improving the lives of foster children in the state of Texas. The firm has also worked on cases involving immigrant rights and the rights of Occupy Austin protesters challenging the city’s congregation ban.
News & Awards
During 2019, the firm was pleased to elevate one of its valued associates to partnership and add four bright new associates to its talented roster of lawyers.
Yetter Coleman’s pro bono work included some notable results. The firm won a major position shift from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on research cannabis policies after filing suit on behalf of Scottsdale Research Institute. And after more than a decade of work, the firm took major steps during the year toward foster care reform in Texas, implementing child/investigation caseload guidelines for the first time, which will improve child safety.
The American Lawyer once again named Yetter Coleman to its list for national Litigation Boutique of the Year Award, marking it the third time the firm has been so honored (along with 2009 and 2005).
February - March 2019
Yetter Coleman won a reversal by the Texas Supreme Court of a $17.5 million tort judgment against its technology client in an East Texas case, reaffirming that contract disclaimers between sophisticated parties bar recovery in tort for alleged misrepresentations. The firm also assisted its foreign airline client in the Texas Supreme Court, winning a ruling that the federal Airline Deregulation Act does not preempt state tort claims against a global electronic airfare distributor.
811 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 632-8000
Co-Hiring Attorneys: Elizabeth Wyman and Grant Martinez
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
1 - 50
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer Associate: $7,900/twice per month
Co-Head of Hiring
Co-Head of Hiring
No. of U.S. Offices: 1
No. of International Offices: 0
Commercial Litigation & Arbitration
Intellectual Property Litigation