Many throughout Texas know Michelle as a Hell on Heels attorney litigator. She says, “a hell on heels lady embodies an attitude of toughness and an air of confidence, without losing her femininity.” Michelle has tried over 26 jury trials in her career in various practice areas and courts all over Texas. Uniquely, Texas is the only state that allows jury trials in family law matters, and Michelle has tried her share.
In her work as an appellate lawyer, Michelle has served as lead counsel in well over 100 appeals of family law cases and countless others as ghost-writer for other lead counsel. Many of those cases created new first-impression law in Texas. Called a “lawyer on the law”, she gets hired frequently to assist other lawyers on complex legal issues in their cases, both preparing for potential appeal at the trial court level, as well as on appeal.
Michelle has received many of the accolades available for her lawyer work, including being named over many years to several prestigious lists:
- Texas SuperLawyers list for family law;
- Dallas’ D Magazine Best Lawyers list;
- Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas list;
- Top 100 Lawyers in Texas list;
- Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth list;
- Who’s Who in American Law;
- Who’s Who in America; and,
- Best Lawyers in America list.
Michelle developed a continuing education program for lawyers who need such programs deliverable at their desks. Called Webinar Wednesdays, she coordinates and delivers continuing education via Facebook Live broadcasts, YouTube, and podcasts. Topics have included LGBT family law issues, Dads and custody, divorcing a small business owner, and cryptocurrency assets.
Family law is a complex practice area, regulated by rules that vary slightly from state to state. In Texas, the Texas Family Code governs and guides attorneys and their clients through the divorce process. Family law cases can be highly complex and involved. It can also be the most emotionally charged area of the law to deal with because of the difficult issues that must be addressed. The procedures used in these cases are similar to other areas of the law, but there are important differences. Family law, unlike many types of litigation, goes directly to the issues that affect people the most: children and money.