Samuel Mixon Hodges

Samuel Hodges is an Associate attorney with Graves Law PLLC.

Samuel Mixon Hodges joined Graves Law PLLC in 2024, bringing a wealth of experience in fiduciary litigation and administration, particularly in probate, guardianship, and trust matters. His practice spans estate planning, probate and guardianship litigation, and the administration of sophisticated estates.

Sam approaches every case with a comprehensive perspective and a business-oriented mindset, ensuring that his clients’ needs are met efficiently and effectively. His background as a lifelong cattleman and his involvement in the oil and gas industry, coupled with his extensive probate experience, endow him with a unique ability to navigate the complexities of estates with unique and diversified asset portfolios.

During his time at Texas A&M University, Sam was deeply engaged in the Memorial Student Center, serving two terms as Chairman of the Student Conference on National Affairs (SCONA), and holding elected and appointed positions in the Student Government Association. He also demonstrated leadership within the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets. Sam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a Minor in History, and an Academic Certificate in Leadership Studies and Development from the Corps of Cadets Leadership Excellence Program.

After briefly working on a cattle ranch, Sam pursued his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston, where he immersed himself in hands-on litigation-focused coursework, specializing in Oil and Gas law as well as Wills, Trusts, and Estates. Prior to joining Graves Law PLLC, he gained valuable experience working for a mid-sized independent oil and gas exploration and production company with significant U.S. onshore and international offshore assets, as well as a boutique probate law practice.

Outside of his legal career, Sam is a cattle enthusiast and maintains active herds of registered Simmental and Simbrah beef cattle with his family in northeast Texas in his hometown of De Kalb and east of Austin in Giddings, utilizing state-of-the-art enhanced genomic evaluations, embryo transplant, and in vitro fertilization practices. He stays involved with his breeds’ organizations as a past President and Chairman of the Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association and as the President and Chairman of the Simbrah Breeders Council.

In his free time, Sam enjoys spending as much time outside and at the ranch as possible with his chocolate lab, Madison, cooking, and hosting dinner parties for friends and family.


  • South Texas College of Law (J.D.,2017)
  • Areas of Concentration: Oil, Gas, & Mineral Law; Wills, Trusts, & Estates
  • Harry L. Reid Oil & Gas Law Institute Certificate in International Petroleum Transactions
  • Texas A&M University (B.A., Political Science, Minor in History, 2013)
  • Corps of Cadets Leadership Excellence Program

Professional Organizations & Memberships

  • American Inns of Court, Texas Probate Chapter
    • Founding Member and Associate (2021-2023)
  • Attorneys in Tax and Probate
  • Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association
    • Board of Directors, Social Chair (2023-2024)
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Corporate Counsel; Energy Law; Litigation; & Probate, Trust & Estate Sections
    • LGBTQ+ Committee
  • Houston Estate and Financial Forum, Future Leaders
  • Institute for Energy Law
  • New York State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Business Law; Litigation; Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law; Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Sections
  • Texas Bar College
  • Young Professionals in Energy


  • State Bar of Texas
  • New York State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Community Involvement

  • American Simmental Association
  • Rising Leaders, The Montrose Center
  • Simbrah Cattle Breeders Council – President & Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Student Conference on National Affairs (SCONA) 100 Club
  • Texas Simmental/Simbrah Cattle Association – Board of Directors, past President & Chairman

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected to the Super Lawyers® – Texas Rising Star, Estate & Trust Litigation (2022-2024) a part of Thompson Reuters

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