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Michael is a practical, business-minded attorney that represents companies in employment and commercial matters across Texas and the nation. 

Michael’s experience spans over a decade, through every stage of the economic cycle, in a wide variety of industries, with particular emphasis in the energy and healthcare industries.  He has experience with almost every aspect of the employment relationship and regularly advises on day-to-day employment issues, as well as unique, non-routine issues that have significant value to a company.  Litigation is a significant portion of Michael’s practice, and he takes pride in advocating diligently and thoughtfully on behalf of his clients.  This experience also informs Michael’s advice when resolving disputes before they reach the courtroom.

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas (2009)

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2009
    • Managing Editor, South Texas Law Review
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 2005
  • Represented large hospital system in matter-of-first-impression challenge to mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy and related claims of religious discrimination
  • Represented midstream company in FLSA collective action and FLSA audit
  • Represented large hospital system in multiple single-plaintiff discrimination and retaliation lawsuits and administrative charges of discrimination
  • Negotiated executive-level employment and compensation agreements and separations
  • Represented regional hospital and its CEO against claims by a cardiology practice concerning competitive business practices
  • Represented midstream company in multiple contract disputes with contractors and suppliers
  • Represented primary care clinics and physician in asset purchase agreement dispute
  • Represented oilfield services company in negotiating commercial agreements
  • Presentation, The ADA: Post COVID-19, HR Houston Gulf Coast Symposium, Aug. 4, 2021
  • Presentation, How Much is Too Much? “Undue Hardship” under the ADA, HR Houston’s HR Convos - Employment Law, Feb. 2, 2021. 
  • Presentation, The COVID-19 Vaccine: What It Means For Your Workforce, American Osteopathic Association, Jan. 12, 2021 
  • Article, What the COVID-19 Vaccine Means for Your Workforce, MGMA Connection Magazine, Jan. 2021
  • Quoted in COVID-19 vaccine policy:  Is your medical practice ready?, MGMA.com Stat Article (Dec. 17, 2020)
  • Article, What the COVID-19 Vaccine Means for Your Workforce, MGMA.com Insight Article (Nov. 29, 2020)
  • Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law – Management, 2021 – present
  • Texas Rising Star, Labor and Employment, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014 – present
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association Leadership Academy, Class of 2010 - 2011