Tiffany Yates McWhorter

Senior Attorney

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Fort Worth divorce attorney Tiffany Yates McWhorter began her legal career as a commercial litigation attorney in Memphis, Tenn.

As part of her previous firm’s pro bono program, Ms. Yates McWhorter began handling domestic matters right out of law school. Her first trial was an international kidnapping case on behalf of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She was able to obtain a favorable ruling for the parent of the kidnapped child and obtained a court order to return the child to the custodial parent in South America.

This experience led her to seeking more involvement with family law matters by becoming a community volunteer with CASA and accepting other pro bono custody matters while continuing her litigation practice. Although Ms. Yates McWhorter enjoyed commercial litigation, when it came time to make a career change, she decided to use the skills she acquired from handling complex financial disputes and her pro bono experience to assist clients in family law.

“My first trial seemed overwhelming as a new lawyer, but resulted in a parent regaining custody in a situation that seemed impossible,” she said. “I quickly became interested in helping other parents that seemed to be the underdog with the courts. I enjoy being in the courtroom, but if my client is better served by reaching an agreement with the other party outside of court, then that is what we will pursue.

“Many cases can be resolved without a trial; however, we will be prepared to go to court when necessary. We work with our clients to help them decide the best course of action for their particular case.”

Ms. Yates McWhorter has been able to assist several clients in obtaining custody of their children or negotiating a more favorable custody schedule than they were offered by their spouse prior to retaining the firm.

“Absent circumstances involving abuse, there is no reason for one parent to automatically be declared the custodial parent or for the other to be denied an equal parenting relationship,” she said. “We will help you negotiate a fair schedule for both parties. If your spouse refuses to negotiate, then we will go to court to make sure your rights are protected. Children need both parents and we are here to maximize the role of our clients in their children’s lives.”

The same rule applies to property division.

“If your spouse refuses to be reasonable regarding how to divide your property and debts, you need to have an attorney on your side to explain your options if the case goes to court,” she said. “Agreeing to unreasonable demands just to make the conflict go away or to obtain more time with your children is absolutely not necessary. We can help clients navigate the discussion while protecting their rights to an equitable share of their property.”

Ms. Yates McWhorter has participated in several training programs with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and is a trained Court Appointed Special Advocate, where she works with abused and neglected children. She also served as the General Counsel and Chairperson for the Grand Krewe of Ptolemy for Carnival Memphis.

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Yates is licensed to practice law in Texas, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Education

Ms. Yates graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from McMurry University, where she graduated magna cum laude, and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi, where she also graduated magna cum laude.

Professional Experience

Ms. Yates has participated in multiple training programs through the National Institute of Trial Advocates. She is also trained as a Court Appointed Special Advocate where she works with abused and neglected children.

Ms. Yates is a graduate of the Memphis Leadership Forum, serves as General Counsel for the Grand Krewe of Ptolemy of Carnival Memphis and is an active member of the Junior League of Memphis.

Associations

Ms. Yates is a member of Junior League of Memphis, The Order of Barristers, National Moot Court Team, American Bar Association Moot Court Team, and Women’s Law Society.

Awards

Ms. Yates was recognized in 2014 and 2015 as a Tennessee Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers.

Reviews

4/5

“I am very satisfied with Tiffany. She is very professional, and I am very confident in her.”

5/5

“Tiffany is great! She’s just great. Things have been fantastic. I love going online through the Client Portal to look at the status and see what has been done. The portal is excellent. I like being able to get answers without bothering anyone. I think the portal is a great idea.”

5/5

“Tiffany is the world to me. She has gone that extra mile for me more than once. …”

5/5

“Tiffany is really good.  She is good at going through everything with me so I understand.  [Tiffany’s paralegal] is always available to answer any of my questions or explain things to me too. I just got off the phone with her and she did a great job explaining everything I was going to need and what to expect.  Everything is going good.  Everything is going smoothly so far.”

5/5

“The service has been great, and I am very satisfied with the company and my attorney. Very personal and professional relationship and service.”

5/5

“Tiffany and her team on my case are outstanding. They are attentive to my concerns, and I feel much better protected with her and her team handling my case. She takes the time to explain all the legal jargon, making it understandable for me.”

5/5

“Tiffany and her team are awesome. I am so glad I retained her for her services. She makes me feel like she has my best interest at heart.”

5/5

“[Tiffany is an] amazing attorney that listens to her client and strives to obtain the objectives of the client. … Firm is exactly what it stands for. Dads rights! …  Tiffany McWhorter has to be one of the best attorneys of your firm and that should be recognized! I had a very lengthy messy divorce case and Tiffany was always my sound board. She was assuring and confident. She always made straight forward suggestions that would help my case. She definitely works for her client. Since day one of our meeting she was interested in the objectives that I wanted accomplished. We worked together as a team. She carried herself professionally but also showed that when necessary to be a pit-bull she could. My divorce caused great turmoil and was emotionally tiresome. Often just hearing her voice on the phone reassuring me things would be okay and strategically working out a plan verbally was very comforting. …”