Michael Marin

Michael Marin

M_MarinMichael D. Marin



Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation (2009-2018), Michael is a former Vinson & Elkins litigation partner in his 24th year of practice. Michael represents clients in business, employment, and non-compete litigation matters. In addition, his practice includes internal investigations, federal and state agency compliance, employment contracts, and non-disclosure agreements.

As a trial lawyer, Michael has first or second chaired over a dozen jury and bench trials, secured and defeated motions for preliminary injunctive relief, argued dozens of dispositive and other motions, presented oral argument and assisted in appellate matters, and resolved numerous high exposure litigation matters. His litigation experience includes business and technology, healthcare and managed care, covenants not to compete, trade secrets, construction and real estate, personal injury, public finance, and employment litigation.

Michael’s clients come from a broad spectrum of industries, including Internet, media, biotechnology, healthcare, medical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, retail, computer, telecommunications, government contracts, public finance, finance, construction, insurance, real estate, energy, and professional services.

In addition to being listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation for a decade, Michael is recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer  (Thomson-Reuters) by Law & Politics Magazine (2007-2017) in Business Litigation, and he is rated AV® Preeminent™ (2005-present) by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system. A well-respected leader in the legal profession, Michael has held prominent positions in local, state, and national bar associations, and he has lectured and authored numerous articles on the American Jury System, litigation, and employment law. In 2006, Michael was honored by the American Bar Association with its prestigious Spirit of Excellence Award.


  • Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial Litigation, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Texas Super Lawyer (Thomson-Reuters) in Business Litigation, Texas Monthly, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property, Martindale-Hubbell, 2012, 2013
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, American Lawyer Media, 2012
  • Top 25 Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law, selected by Texas Lawyer in 2009 Inaugural Edition (to be published every 5 years)
  • Spirit of Excellence Award, American Bar Association, 2006
  • Excellence in Public Interest Award, Texas Law Fellowships, University of Texas School of Law, 2005
  • Texas Rising Star (Thomson-Reuters), Texas Monthly, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Austin Under 40 Award (Legal Category), Austin Young Men’s and Women’s Business Alliance, 2002
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Austin Young Lawyers Association, 2001
  • President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service, Hispanic Bar Association of Austin, 2001, 2002
  • President’s Award for Most Outstanding Director, Austin Bar Association, 2000


  • Chair
    • Corporate Counsel Section, State Bar of Texas (Chair, 2013-2014; Chair-Elect, 2012-2113; Vice-Chair, 2011-2012; Secretary, 2010-2011; Council Member, 2009-present; SBOT Board Advisor, 2008-2009)
    • Pro Bono & Grants Committee, State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section (Chair, 2015-present; Member, 2009-present)
    • Special Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism, ABA TIPS Section, 2008-2009 (Chair-Elect, 2007-2008; Liaison to CPR-SOC Joint Committee on Ethics and Professionalism and ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism)
    • Austin Bar Foundation, 2005-2006 (Founding Chair)
    • Hispanic Bar Association of Austin Charitable Foundation, 1998-2001 (Founding Chair) (Director, 2009-2012)
    • Hispanic National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference Mid-Year Meeting, 2015 (CLE Chair)
  • President
    • Austin Bar Association, 2004-2005
    • Hispanic Bar Association of Austin, 1997-1998
  • Director
    • State Bar of Texas, District 9, Place 1, 2005-2008 (Executive Committee, 2006-2007)
  • Fellowships
    • American Bar Foundation (Life Fellow, 2012-present; Fellow, 2005-2012)
    • Austin Bar Foundation (Founding Life Fellow, 2005-present)
    • Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow, 2012-present; Fellow, 2002-2012)
  • Appointments
    • Attorney Admissions Committee, U.S. Western District of Texas, Austin Division, 2004-present
    • U.S. Magistrate Reappointment Committee, U.S. Western District of Texas, Austin Division, 2007
    • ABA Commission on the American Jury Project, 2008-2011
    • ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, 2006-2008
    • ABA Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section, CLE Committee, 2007-2008
    • ABA Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section, Long Range Planning Committee, 2006-2007
    • Texas Supreme Court Task Force on Jury Assembly and Administration, 2006-2008
  • Memberships
    • American Bar Association
    • American Inn of Court, Robert Calvert Inn (Master of the Bench)
    • Austin Bar Association
    • Austin Young Lawyers Association (Sustaining Member)
    • Defense Research Institute
    • El Paso Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association (Austin Chapter)
    • Harvard Club of Austin
    • Hispanic National Bar Association
    • Leadership Austin
    • San Antonio Bar Association
    • State Bar of Texas
    • Supreme Court Historical Society
    • Vinson & Elkins Diversity Committee
    • Vinson & Elkins Pro Bono Committee
    • Includes past memberships
  •  Admissions
    • Texas, 1994; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, 1996; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 1998; U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 2002; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2002; U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2007; U.S. Supreme Court, 2008


  • Board Member
    • KLRU-TV, Capital of Texas Public Communication Council, 2004-2017; (Executive Committee, 2006-2007, 2008-2009, 2011-2012, 2012-2013. 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017; Chair of KLRU-TV Endowment Committee, 2012-2016)
    • Leadership Austin, 2008-2011 (Secretary 2010-2011)
    • CASA of Travis County, 2003-2005
    • Anti-Defamation League Jurisprudence Award Luncheon Steering Committee, Austin, TX, Spring 2009


  • Trade Secrets: A Practical Guide to Protecting Information In and Out of Court,” University of Texas Corporate Counsel Institute, April 2017 (co-author and co-presenter)
  • So You’ve Been Sued and There’s a TRO,” University of Texas Corporate Counsel Institute, April 2015 (co-author and co-presenter)
  • Internal Investigations: Workplace Investigation of Current Employees,” University of Texas Corporate Counsel Institute, April 2013 (co-author and co-presenter)
  • Employment: Hiring from the Competition,” University of Texas Corporate Counsel Institute, April 2011 (co-author and co-presenter)
  • The Practical Implications of Twombly, Iqbal, and the New Federal Pleadings Standards,” Texas State Bar’s 33rd Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, June 2010 (co-author and presenter)
  • Discovery in the Western District,” Federal Practice Seminar, Federal Bar Association – Austin Chapter, November 2008 (presenter)
  • The Texas Decision to Increase Jury Pay,” Texas Bar CLE Bill of Rights Program, May 2008 (co-author and presenter)
  • “Doe v. MySpace, Inc.: Liability for Third Party Content on Social Networking Sites,” The Communications Lawyer, Spring, 2007 (co-author)
  • “Doe v. MySpace, Inc: Defining the Limits of Liability for Third Party Content,” presented at the 20th Annual University of Texas Technology Law Conference, May 2007 (co-author)
  • MySpace Wins Dismissal in ‘Sexual Predator’ Suit,” MediaLawLetter, February 2007 (co-author)
  • Insights from the Inside: What Every Lawyer Should Know Before Appearing in Federal Court,” A Day in Federal Court CLE, Travis County Women Lawyers Association, June 2005 (moderator)
  • Are We Getting a Jury of Our Peers,” 68 Tex. Bar J. No. 2, February 2005 (co-author)
  • Jury of Our Peers: An Unfulfilled Constitutional Promise, 58 SMU Law Review 319, 2005 (co-author)
  • Management of Product Liability Litigation,” 4th Annual UT/IEEE Central Texas Engineering Management Workshop, August 2003 (panelist)
  • Trade Secrets-Protecting Your Company’s Confidential Business and Technical Information,” Minority Corporate Counsel Association CLE Expo, Chicago, May 2003 (panelist)



  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1994
  • - Harvard Journal on Legislation, Editor
  • - Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
  • Golden Gate University, M.B.A. with highest honors, 1991
  • University of Texas at El Paso, B.A. Political Science, 1989