Michael received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1994. He began his career as a law clerk to Judge Royal Furgeson, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Following his clerkship, he has been in private practice handling cases across the state of Texas. His divorce practice emphasizes significant property and custody cases, often involving large and complicated marital estates.
Michael is listed in the national publication of Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice area of Family Law and has been recognized several times as a "Super Lawyer" by Texas Monthly Magazine. He has also received the highest AV-Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
Michael has served as lead counsel in a number of large and complex cases throughout the state. His clients have included the founder and chairman of one of the most successful private equity firms in the country, a former Texas lieutenant governor, a head college coach, a national law firm, and scores of other successful business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, public officials, doctors, lawyers, and their spouses. His backgrounds in complex commercial litigation often gives him an advantage over other family lawyers when dealing with marital estates involving property valuation, tracing and characterization issues.
In addition to his trial practice, Michael has successfully represented clients in appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Texas courts of appeals. His reported cases include: