Robert A. "Pete" Seale

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Offices Houston
Phone 713.588.7006
Fax 713.588.7076
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Pete is a partner in the Vorys Houston office and a member of the taxation group. His practice focuses on general business transactions, structuring closely held businesses and advising wealthy individuals on income, gift and estate planning matters. He has served on a number of boards of directors and advised directors and management on strategic planning matters. Pete has extensive experience in structuring partnerships and LLCs in business transactions involving real estate development, oil and gas exploration, and thoroughbred racing and breeding. He works as a team member with CPAs, life insurance professionals, trust officers and investment advisors in formulating the best solutions for client needs. In this regard, he routinely prepares gift and estate planning documents, and advises executors and trustees in the administration of trusts and estates. Pete is active in charitable affairs and advises tax exempt organizations in strategic planning.

Career highlights include:

Pete was formerly of counsel at Liskow & Lewis and a partner of Phelps Dunbar, both in Houston. He also was formerly a partner of Vinson & Elkins, where he was chair of the Personal Tax and Estates Section. He is a member of the Tax and Real Property, Probate and Trust Sections of the ABA and the Tax and Business Law Sections of the Texas Bar Association. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, a life member of the Texas Bar Foundation and a sustaining life fellow of the Houston Bar Association.

He has served on boards of numerous private businesses and charitable organizations in Houston including as trustee, executive member and general counsel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Trustee of the Vivian L. Smith Foundation, the Margaret and James A. Elkins, Jr. Foundation. Pete is currently chair and trustee of The Lyons Foundation and a member of the UT Health Development Committee which is associated with the UT Health Science Center-Houston.

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