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Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Fort Worth, TX

Thomas M. Michel
Griffith, Jay & Michel, LLP
2200 Forest Park Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Phone Work 817-926-2500
Fax Fax 817-926-2505
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2015
Licensed Since: 1990
Education: The University of Texas School of Law
Practice Areas: Appellate (50%), Family Law (30%), Business Litigation (20%)


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2015

Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 years bottom-image

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Thomas Michel is a partner and heads the firm's civil appellate practice group. Formerly a briefing attorney on the Texas Court of Appeals, Mr. Michel's practice is dedicated to appellate work, litigation and family law matters. In 1997, Mr. Michel became board certified in Civil Appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Michel has been recognized for his appellate accomplishments. He was honored by Texas Monthly Magazine as a Super Lawyer in Texas (2005 - 2013). Likewise, Fort Worth Magazine has recognized him as a Top Lawyer in Tarrant County during the same time period. Mr. Michel is also a life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Mr. Michel is also rated an AV-Preeminent Lawyer who meets the very high criteria for ethical standards by his legal peers in Martindale Hubble.

Mr. Michel has handled and argued cases in the United States Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court and state and federal Courts of Appeals.  He has also tried both Commercial and Family Law cases.

About Thomas Michel

Law School: The University of Texas School of Law

Admitted: 1990, Texas

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Honors and Awards:

  • AV Preeminent Attorney Rated by Martindale Hubbell, 2006-2013
  • Fort Worth Magazine- Top Lawyer in Tarrant County, Appellate Law; Family Law, 2005-2013
  • Texas Monthly Super Lawyers, 2005-2013

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization- Board Certified Civil Appellate Law, 1997

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Co-Chair, Tarrant County Bar Association, Tarrant County Bench Bar Conference, Former
  • Chair, Tarrant County Bar Association, Appellate Section, Former
  • Chair, Appellate Pro Bono Committee, Tarrant County State Bar Association, Former
  • Member Advisory Board, West Texas Legal Services, Former
  • Former, Adjunct Professor Texas Wesleyan School of Law
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • Texas
  • Lifetime Member, Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Member Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, Tarrant County Bar Association, Appellate Section

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Appellate Seminar, Motions in the Court of Appeals, Tarrant County Bar Association, 1998
  • Appellate Seminar, The Ethics and Economics of Appellate Practice, Tarrant County Bar Association, March 28, 1996
  • Speaker and Author, Advanced Family Law Seminar, Declaratory Judgments, 2012
  • Speaker and Author, Appellate Issues, Texas State Bar Convention, 2013
  • Speaker and Author, Appellate Considerations, Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2012
  • Tools of The Trade: A Family Trial Lawyer's Checklist For Appeal of a Family Law Case, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law 2000, August 21-24, 2000
  • Michel, The Appellate Roadshow or Everything Trial Lawyers Need to Know About Appellate Law (But Were Afraid to Ask), State Bar of Texas Appellate Section and Appellate Section of the Tarrant County Bar Association, May 27, 2004

Educational Background:

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. - 1989
  • University of Texas, B.A. Cum Laude, 1986

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Last Updated: 4/23/2015
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