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Michael K. Hurst

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Dallas, TX

Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann LLP
2100 Ross Avenue, Suite 2700
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: 214-981-3838
Fax: 214-981-3839
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 1990
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Employment & Labor: Employer, Intellectual Property Litigation
Attorney Profile

Michael K. Hurst is widely recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the country in large and complex commercial, intellectual property, and employment litigation. Michael is also a prominent leader of The Bar Association and the community, serving as President of the 11,000+ member Dallas Bar Association in 2018. He has extensive courtroom experience and has litigated and tried numerous high profile cases, including breach of contract, fraud, theft of trade secrets, non-compete agreements, partnership disputes, oil and gas, electricity, employment discrimination, tortious interference, and breach of fiduciary duty. Michael is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

A passionate advocate of the preservation of the civil jury trial system, Michael has also handled oil and gas disputes, catastrophic matters, products liability litigation, and class actions. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics ranging from trial skills, theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duties to energy litigation.

He has been recognized every year by his peers in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazines as a "Super Lawyer," including being named one of the  "Top 100 Lawyers in Texas" in 2005, 2006, and 2008-2017. Michael has been selected as a Benchmark Litigation Star (National Publication).  Michael has been consistently named one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine and "Best Lawyers in America" by U.S. News & World Report, and was named Outstanding Mentor by both the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association in 2014. He was also named one of the Top 15 Business Defenders by the Dallas Business Journal. In 2012, Michael was elected to the prestigious BTI Client Service All-Stars.

About Michael K. Hurst

First Admitted: 1990, Texas

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • President, DBA Community Service Board, 2016; Chair, Equal Access to Justice Campaign, 2013 (record funds raised for pro bono legal services).

Bar/Professional Activity

  • BAR ADMISSIONS: State Bar of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas; Supreme Court of the United States.    PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Master, William A. “Mac” Taylor American Inn of Court; American Bar Association, Business Tort Section; State Bar of Texas (Litigation Section) (Technology Committee); Texas Young Lawyers Association, Director, 1997 to 2000; Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, 2001 to 2005; Dallas Bar Association - President, 2018; First Vice President of the DBA Board, 2016; Second Fice President of the DBA Board, 2015; Chair of the DBA Board, 2014; Director, 2005-2006; 2010-2011; 2012-2015; Chair, DBA Finance Committee, 2006; Chair, DBA Justice in Education Symposium, 2006; Business Litigation Section; Chair, Judiciary Committee, 2012; Co-Chair, Law in The Schools Committee, 2003; Chair, Law Day Committee, 2004; Chair, By-Laws Committee, 2006; Board Member, 50th Anniversary Initiative for Brown v. Board of Education; Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation, 1998 to Present; Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 1999 to Present; Founding Life Fellow, DAYL Foundation; President, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 1999; Chair, DAYL Professionalism and Mentoring Committee, 2001-Present; Director, South Texas College of Law - Houston.


  • First male recipient of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association’s prestigious Louise B. Raggio Award, 2015 Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Commercial Litigation by U.S. News & World Report, 2011-2017 Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Labor & Employment Litigation by U.S. News & World Report, 2014-2017 Selected as a "Best Lawyer in America" in the area of Real Estate Litigation by U.S. News & World Report, 2014-2017 Selected as a "Best Lawyer in Dallas" in the area of Business Litigation by D Magazine, 2008-2017 Selected as "Texas Super Lawyer" by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazines, 2003-2015 Selected as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in Texas” by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazines, 2005, 2006, 2008-2016 Selected as a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation in 2017 TYLA Outstanding Mentor Award, 2014 DAYL Outstanding Mentor Award, 2014 Jo Anna Moreland Outstanding DBA Committee Chair Award, 2009 Lois Bacon Special Services Award (Pro Bono work), 2013 Selected as a BTI Client Service All-Stars, 2012 Selected as one of the “Top 15 Business Defenders" in Dallas by Dallas Business Journal, 2006 Selected as one of Texas' Best Lawyers, Dallas Edition by ALM, 2011 Voted one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” in D Magazine, 2002 and 2004 Recipient, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for Dallas by DAYL, 2001 Recipient, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for Texas by TYLA, 2001 Outstanding Director, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers,1994 and 1995 Recipient, TYLA President's Award of Merit, 1999 and 2000 AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell


  • Obtained an $11 million jury verdict on behalf of entrepreneur against a publicly traded high finance company (settled for a lesser sum)
  • Won recent trial defending investment bank against claim that it owed a multimillion dollar fee
  • Handles and has tried numerous employment disputes, including misappropriation of trade secrets, covenants not to compete  and discrimination / harassment / retaliation cases
  • Obtained the #15 Verdict in the Nation by The National Law Journal—a $94 million verdict resulting in a $45 million judgment (now on appeal) for Plaintiffs and his clients, Intervenors L.W. Hunt Resources and Richard Raughton for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud after forming an oil and gas partnership
  • Served as Guardian Ad Litem on several large and high profile matters
  • Successful defense of a $19 billion hedge fund and two of its partners in a four week jury trial over alleged breaches of fiduciary duties and contracts
  • Lead trial and appellate counsel in prosecution of an important trade secret case, published at 965 S.W.2d 19 (Tex. App-Houston  [1st Dist.] 1998)
  • Obtained a $2.3 million trial verdict/recovery in bankruptcy court for a large energy construction contractor against landfill project and private equity group
  • Handles a wide variety of business lawsuits, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, business disparagement, deceptive trade practice, breach of warranty, tortious interference, employment issues, bankruptcy preference and fraudulent conveyance, fraud, negligence, oil and gas, construction and real estate disputes
  • Negotiated settlements related to several high profile and high dollar disputes, including recent business and employment suits
  • Obtained a $1.4 million jury verdict on behalf of Hunt Consolidated, Inc. in Dallas against an international corporation for two counts of fraud
  • Won recent take-nothing defense verdict in an employment case for a large international company in a state court jury trial in reverse discrimination 
  • Obtained a $7.86 million jury verdict on behalf of a medical consulting company for breach of contract and tortious interference (settled for a lesser sum)
  • Obtained numerous judgments on behalf of company clients for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, deceptive trade practices, and other causes of action via arbitration, jury trial, bench trial, and summary judgment
  • Handles oil and gas catastrophic matters and contract disputes, as well as other energy disputes
  • Presented and argued appeal that overturned a substantial indemnity judgment for a large oil and gas contractor: Nabors Drilling  U.S.A., L.P. v. Encana Oil & Gas (U.S.A.) Inc., Case No. 2-12-00166-CV (Tex. App.-Fort Worth [2nd Dist.] 2013)
  • Has handled numerous commercial, intellectual property and employment matters for direct sales companies
  • Obtained a $1 million jury verdict (post judgment motions and appeals pending) on behalf of an injured special needs child attending local school district in federal court

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • PRESENTATIONS: Presenting Damages Claims at Trial (2007); The "E" Word – Handling Electronically Stored Information with Confidence (2007); Texas Supreme Court Helps Enforceability of Non-Competes (2006); “Its Not Just About Money" (2006); “Knowledge is Power: Litigating Trade Secrets in Texas” (2006); “Recent Amendments to the Federal Rule of Evidence” (2004); “Choosing and Courting a Jury" (2004) (2012).

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Chair - DBA Equal Access to Justice Campaign - Raised over $700,000.00 for pro bono legal services, 2012

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Office Location for Michael K. Hurst

2100 Ross Avenue
Suite 2700
Dallas, TX 75201

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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