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Mike is a solo practitioner focusing primarily on appeals and on error preservation in complex civil litigation. He is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. After leading the appellate practice of a litigation boutique with which he had practiced for ten years, Mike started his solo practice to assist other attorneys and clients navigate the time-consuming and technical aspects of the appellate process. He places great value on developing long-term relationships with his clients and with their trial counsel.
Throughout his career Mike has worked on numerous cases before the Supreme Court of Texas and has handled appeals before eleven of the fourteen Texas intermediate courts of appeals. On a national level, Mike has led state court appeals in other jurisdictions as well, including California and Michigan, and federal appeals in the Fifth and Seventh Circuits, and has served as counsel in various cases before the United States Supreme Court.
Mike's collegiate career prepared him for his appellate practice. He graduated cum laude and in Honors Studies from Texas Tech University, where he was a member of the debate team, president of the Honors Society, and a member of Mortar Board. Thereafter, he earned his Masters Degree from Texas Tech University and served on the faculty as the debate coach. Mike graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1994, magna cum laude, where he participated in numerous appellate moot court teams. Some of his law school accomplishes include:
*Managing Editor, and Outstanding Third Year Student, Texas Tech Law Review
*National Championship at the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
*Order of the Coif
*Order of the Barristers
*Recipient of the George and Sarah Dupree Award, given annually "To the member of the graduating class who, in the opinion of his colleagues, best exemplifies the ability, the integrity, and sense of professional responsibility desired in one soon to join the legal profession."
Mike is admitted to practice in Texas state courts and before all U.S. District Courts in Texas , the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, and the Fifth Circuit Bar Association, and served as Secretary-Treasurer and Chair of the Travis County Bar Association Civil Appellate Section. He is the current Treasurer for the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section for which he has previously served as a Council member and as chair of various committees. As a supporter of pro bono services, Mike also serves as the Liaison to the Supreme Court Pro Bono Pilot Program, and has worked with appellate courts across the state to expand access to legal services for pro se litigants.
Mike is a frequent CLE speaker on issues of appellate practice. He serves on the faculty at the University of Texas School of Law Fall Litigation Institute, and served on the faculty of the 2006 Texas Equal Access to Justice Motions and
Mike is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, and is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubble. He has been named a Texas Super Lawyer in appellate practice in 2009 - 2014 and a Texas Rising Star Super Lawyer in 2004-2007 in the Thompson Reuter's Law and Politics publications.
Mike served as a director for Reading is Fundamental, Austin, as a scout leader and soccer coach, and mentored a student over a eight-year period through Austin Partners in Education. He currently works with area high school debaters as a parent volunteer. Mike is an enthusiastic (but not fast) long-distance cyclist who commutes to work by bicycle when he can.
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