Listed in the Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation (2009-present), Michael is a former Vinson & Elkins litigation partner representing clients in business, technology, trade secrets, non-compete, and employment litigation matters. In addition, his practice includes internal investigations, employment contracts, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, federal and state agency compliance, counseling, and training. Michael also maintains an active local counsel practice for national law firms in high-stakes litigation in the Western District of Texas and Travis County.
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 significant 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 e-commerce, 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 Best Lawyers in America for more than a decade, Michael is recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine (2007-present) 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 2001, Michael was presented the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award by the Austin Young Lawyer’s Association, and in 2006, Michael was honored by the American Bar Association with its prestigious Spirit of Excellence Award.