Michelle May O'Neil

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Dallas, TX

O'Neil Wysocki, P.C.
 | 5323 Spring Valley Road, Suite 150
Dallas, TX 75254
Phone: 972-852-8000
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1992
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (60%),
  • Appellate (40%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michelle May O'Neil is a founding partner at O'Neil Wysocki, P.C., in Dallas, Texas. With more than 20 years of experience practicing family law, Ms. O'Neil represents clients throughout the Dallas area with divorce and other family-related legal matters such as child custody, paternity, visitation and more.

A graduate of Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business and Baylor Law School, Ms. O'Neil also holds a mediation certificate from Texas Woman's University and is board-certified as a specialist in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Active in professional organizations, Ms. O'Neil belongs to the Dallas Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. She was nominated to membership in the Annette Stewart American Inn of Court.

Ms. O'Neil frequently speaks at continuing legal education seminars and at events for bar associations. She has delivered presentations to groups, including the University of Houston Law Foundation, the Collin County Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. She has also published two books and co-authored various other publications on a range of family law topics.

Recognized for her outstanding work as a family law attorney, Ms. O'Neil is rated AV Preeminent* by the respected peer review service Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating. Her work has also gained her recognition in the greater community. She is frequently called upon to address legal issues in the Dallas area news media, and was named to a list of the best lawyers in Park Cities and North Dallas by Living Magazine.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
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  • Dallas Court of Appeals Upholds Right to Jury Trial in Texas (2010) - The Dallas Court of Appeals yesterday GRANTED two writs of habeas corpus filed on behalf of a Dallas family law client in a contempt/enforcement case on temporary orders. In re McCray, __ S.W.3d __, 2010 WL 3895689 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2010, no pet. history). The Dallas Family Court judge confined the client for alleged violations of several court orders to pay various amounts of money, even after payment was made. The contempt orders failed to run the punishment on each separate count concurrently to all of the other counts, which violated the sacred right to a jury trial. The client's trial lawyer demanded a jury trial and paid the required fee, but the Judge denied him that right.

  • Parenting Over The Miles -- Ten Ways to Bond With Your Child From a Distance (2010) - It is easier than ever before to stay in touch with your child, even from a distance. Learn 10 ways to use technology to communicate and bridge the distance when you cannot be in person.

  • How To Find a Good Lawyer When You Need One (2010) - Most people do not have a clue how to find a good lawyer when they need one. In fact, statistics show that 68% of consumers spend two hours or fewer gathering information before selecting a lawyer. The vast majority of consumers report feeling they “can trust” their lawyer is the most important factor in the selection process. Dallas Family Lawyer Michelle May O'Neil reviews the best way to find a good lawyer when you need one. This advice provided by Michelle May O'Neil is particularly useful when searching for a good divorce lawyer or family lawyer in Dallas Texas, including a divorce lawyer that handles child custody or division of business interests in a divorce. Michelle May O'Neil has over 18 years of experience representing men, women, and children related to family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Described by one lawyer as "a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty", Ms. O'Neil exudes genuine compassion for her client's difficulties, yet she can be relentless when in pursuit of a client's goals. O'Neil maintains her divorce law firm in Dallas, Texas. You can learn more about her at www.oneilattorneys.com or read her blog at www.dallastxdivorce.com.

  • How Do I Get A Texas Divorce (2010) - Although it is highly unlikely anyone enters into a marriage with the thought that divorce will be the inevitable end to the union, the unfortunate reality is that many people will have to endure the pain of divorce. Statistics tell us that about half of all first marriages will end in divorce. However, in Dallas area divorces alone, the divorce rate has been closer to 60 percent for first marriages and climbs to 75 percent for second marriages! A divorce is a lawsuit to dissolve the legal marriage relationship. A divorce encompasses many different issues including the division of property and debts, and what legal rights each parent will have to the children. Keep in mind that a divorce generally only dissolves the legal relationship. Many religions also have requirements about how to dissolve a marriage from a religious standpoint. For those that have reached the point where divorce is the last remaining option, questions are likely more prevalent than answers. This article helps answer the question about How To Get A Texas Divorce.

  • Internet Parenting -- Skype Style (2010) - Skype, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, whiteboard, Flickr, e-mail, texting, instant messaging – these are only a few of the ways that people stay in touch via the internet. It seems like the telephone has become old-fashioned and outdated. In long distance parenting relationships, it is easier than ever before to stay involved in the day-to-day activity of the child. Electronic communication gives parents and children a way to creatively structure parenting time when face-to-face meetings will not work. It allows for flexibility in accounting for busy schedules. Using Skype, a long-distance parent can see a child’s condition in real time. Using whiteboard or instant messaging, a parent can help with homework. You Tube, Flickr, and Facebook allow for almost instant exchange of pictures or video of a child’s activities. Teenagers might post frequent short updates as to their activities or feelings via Twitter. Michelle May O'Neil, Board Certified Family Law Specialist with O'Neil Attorneys in Dallas, Texas, explores Texas new electronic parenting law.

  • Mandamus After McAllen: Have the Sands Really Shifted (2009) - This article appeared in the June 2009 edition of the State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section Newsletter.

  • Winning Your Case Before You Go To Court (2009) - Presentation to the 2009 Advanced Family Law Course regarding pretrial litigation strategies to prevail in a family law case.

  • How to Help Clients Deal With Debt in a Texas Divorce (2008) - Increasingly, clients are as concerned about the division of their debt in a Texas divorce as they are the division of their assets. It is not uncommon to have a divorcing couple with much more debts than assets. Especially in the current economy, managing debts has become an all-too-real concern for clients and the family law (divorce) lawyers that represent them. This article will review the law applicable to debts and their division in a Texas divorce and give practical ideas for helping clients address their debt issues.

  • The Basics of Texas Divorce Law - Article summarizing the general requirements of a divorce in Texas.

  • About Michelle O'Neil

    Admitted: 1992, Texas

    Professional Webpage: http://www.oneilattorneys.com/Attorney-Profiles/Michelle-May...

    Honors and Awards:

    • Superb 10 rating, AVVO.com
    • Annette Stewart Inn of Court, 2003 to present
    • Best Lawyer in Park Cities/North Dallas, Living Magazine, 2013
    • Texas SuperLawyers, Family Law, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
    • Best In Law Blogs, LexBlog,  November 18, 2009
    • Best In Law Blog, LexBlog, November 11, 2009
    • Who's Who in America, Multiple Editions
    • Who's Who in American Law, Multiple Editions
    • A-V Peer Review Rating, Lexis-Nexis, Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directories

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Mediation Certificate, Texas Women's University, 2003
    • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization 1997, recertified 2002, 2007, 2012

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Membership Committee, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2004
    • Resource Guide Committee Chair, Dallas Bar Association, 2004
    • CLE Advisory Committee, Family Law Practice Institute, University of Houston Law Foundation, 2002
    • State Bar of Texas, 1992
    • United States Supreme Court, 1999
    • Legislative Committee Chair, Dallas Bar Association, 2003 and 2005
    • Family Law Section, American Bar Association, 1992-present
    • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 1997-present
    • Appellate Law Section, Collin County Bar Association
    • Family Law Section, Collin County Bar Association
    • Member, Appellate Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 1998-present
    • Member, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association
    • Member, Appellate section, State Bar of Texas, 1992–present
    • Member, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas
    • Director, Bell/Lampasas/Mills Counties Bar Association, 1995 - 1997
    • Bell/Lampasas/Mills Counties Bar Association, 1992 - 1997
    • President, Bell County Young Lawyers Association, 1995 - 1996
    • Director, Bell County Young Lawyers Association, 1993 - 1997
    • Member, Bell County Young Lawyers Association, 1992 - 1997
    • Continuing Education Committee, Bell County Young Lawyers Association, 1994 - 1997
    • Director, Dallas Bar Association, 2003-2005

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Legislative Committee Chair, Dallas Republican Career Woman, 2005
    • Director, Dallas Republican Career Woman, 2005
    • District Nine Conference Resolutions Committee Chair, Altrusa International Inc. of Dallas, Texas, 2004
    • Vice-President, Altrusa International Inc. of Dallas, Texas, 2004 - 2005
    • President, Altrusa International Inc. of Dallas, Texas, 2005 - 2007
    • Assistant Secretary, Altrusa International Inc. of Dallas, Texas, 2003 - 2004
    • Membership Development Committee Chair, Altrusa International Inc. of Dallas, Texas, 2003 - 2004
    • Member, Altrusa International Inc. of Dallas, Texas, 2002 - Present
    • Member, Dallas Republican Career Woman, 1999 - Present

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • Co-Author, "All About Texas Law and Kids", Texas Lawyer Press, 2009
    • Lecturer, “Writing the Perfect Country and Western Song: Successful Preparation and Trial of a Texas Temporary Orders Hearing”, Marriage Dissolution Boot Camp, State Bar of Texas, 2009
    • Author, "Family Law Appeals Distinguished", Family Law Section Report, Vol. 2007, 2007
    • Author, "I'm not happy with the outcome of my divorce. Can I appeal it?", Divorce Magazine, 2007
    • Author, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, 2004
    • Author, "Challenges and Rewards of Solo Practice", Texas Lawyer, October 2003, 2003
    • Author, Today's Dallas Woman Magazine, 2002
    • Lecturer, "When Custody Is At Issue", Pro Bono Family Law Seminar, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2001
    • "Attorney-Client Privilege Communication Issues", 13th Annual Juvenile Law Conference, Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, February 2000
    • "Preservation of Error When Offering and Excluding Evidence", How to Offer and Exclude Evidence Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, January 2005
    • "Anatomy of an Appeal", Collin County Paralegal Association, November 2004
    • "Protecting Your Client's Case for Appeal (and You From Malpractice)", Advance Civil Litigation Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, April 2004
    • "Enforcement of Court Orders and Decrees", General Practice Institute, University of Houston Law Foundation, April 2001
    • "Representing the Unsympathetic Party", Litigation and Trial Tactics Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, December 2000
    • "Top Ten Rules for an Effective Voir Dire", Litigation and Trial Tactics, University of Houston Law Foundation, December 1999
    • "Discovery in Mid-Sized Litigation Under the New Rules: Discovery Strategy for Neither Very Large Nor Very Small Cases", Civil Discovery Under the New Rules, University of Houston Law Foundation, February 1999
    • Same-Sex Custody Issues, SMU Law School Symposium, February 2012
    • Presenter, Winning Your Case Without Going To Trial, the Collin County Bar Association, September 2010
    • Presentation materials for TAFLS Trial Institute, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, February 2010
    • Lecturer, "Winning Your Case Before You Go To Trial: Pretrial Dispositive Motions and Procedures", Advanced Family Law Conference, State Bar of Texas, August 2009
    • Lecturer, "Mandamus and More", 9tth Annual Family Law on the Front Lines Conference, University of Texas, June 2009
    • Lecturer, "Interesting Appellate Issues", Collin County Bench Bar Conference, May 2009
    • "Writing the Perfect Country and Western Song: Successful Preparation and Trial of a Texas Temporary Orders Hearing", Marriage Dissolution Boot Camp, State Bar of Texas, April 2009
    • Lecturer, Helping Your Client Deal with Debt In Divorce, 8th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines Conference, University of Texas, June 2008
    • Lecturer, We Lost Now What: Perfecting the Appeal, Marriage Dissolution Course, State Bar of Texas, April 2008
    • "Characterization, Tracing, and Other Property Issues: What Really Is Clear and Convincing Evidence Anyway?", Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 2007
    • "Enforcement of Court Orders and Decrees", Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, November 2006
    • "Speak Now or Waive It – Preserving Error for Trial Lawyers", Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 2006
    • Lecturer, "Court Orders and Decrees", Family Law Boot Camp 2003, State Bar of Texas, August 2003
    • Lecturer, "Standards of Review in Family Law Appeals," Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, November 2002
    • "Maintenance and Alimony: Why Can't I Get No Satisfaction?", Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, June 2002
    • "Family Violence", Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, State Bar of Texas, December 2001
    • "Enforcement of Court Orders and Decrees", Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, March 2003
    • "Enforcement of Court Orders and Decrees", Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, June 2001
    • Lecturer, "Enforcement of Court Orders and Decrees", Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, April 2000
    • "Discovery in Family Law Cases", Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, September 1999
    • Author, "Do You Know The New Law On AJ Appeals?", Family Law Section Report, Vol. 2007
    • "Alimony/Maintenance Enforcement By Contempt", Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, April 2004
    • Author, "Ground Rules: Annulment", Texas' Divorce Magazine, Vol. I, No. 1, Fall 2003
    • "Family Law Appeals Distinguished", Appellate Advocate, Vol. XV, No. 4, Winter 2003
    • "Advice from a Divorce Lawyer: Whether or Not You Are Thinking About Getting a Divorce", Today's Dallas Woman Magazine, January 2002
    • Social Study Evaluation Booklet, Self-published
    • Common Law Marriage in Texas Booklet, Self-published
    • The Basics of Texas Divorce, LuLu Press, 2010, second edition 2012
    • All About Kids and the Law in Texas, Texas Lawyer Press, 2009

    Verdicts and Settlements:

    • Lemley v. Miller, 932 S.W.2d 284 (Tex.App. – Austin 1996, no writ)
    • Dickens v. Willis, 957 S.W.2d 657 (Tex.App. – Austin 1997, no writ)
    • In Re Aramark Corp., 38 S.W.3d 291 (Tex.App. – Tyler 2001, orig. proceeding)
    • Gainesville Mem. Hosp. v. Tomlinson, 48 S.W.3d 511 (Tex.App. – Ft. Worth 2001, pet. denied)
    • Saenz v. The Insurance Company for the State of Pennsylvania, 66 S.W.3d 444 (Tex.App. – Waco 2001, no pet.)
    • In re Foreman, 2012 WL 2068964 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2012, orig. proceeding)
    • Valley Forge Insurance Co. v. Austin, 65 S.W.3d 371 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2002), pet. denied, 105 S.W.3d 609 (Tex. 2003)
    • In Re Dupree, 118 S.W.3d 911 (Tex.App. – Dallas, 2003, pet. denied)(orig. proceeding)
    • Harleaux v. Harleaux, 154 S.W.3d 925 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2005, no pet.)
    • In re Dettmer, 2005 WL 768406 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2005, orig. proceeding)
    • Peck v. Peck, 172 S.W.3d 26 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2005, pet denied)
    • In re Rowe, 182 S.W.3d 424 (Tex.App. – Eastland 2005, orig. proceeding)
    • Eberstein v. Eberstein, 2007 WL 416491 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2007, no pet.)
    • Wichman v. Wichman, 2008 WL 425830 (Tex.App.– Fort Worth 2008, no pet.)
    • In re Dobbins, 247 S.W.3d 394 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2008, orig. proceeding)
    • In re L.M.M., 247 S.W.3d 809 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2008, pet. denied)
    • In re Barnett, 2008 WL 820201 (Tex.App. – Fort Worth 2008, no pet.)
    • Kemble v. Kemble, 2008 WL 921471 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2008, no pet.)
    • In re Mantooth, 2008 WL 1867935 (Tex.App. – Fort Worth 2008, orig. proceeding)
    • In re S.C.S., 2008 WL 1973570 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2008, no pet.)
    • Eberstein v. Hunter, 260 S.W.3d 626 (Tex.App.– Dallas 2008, no pet.)
    • Ferris v. Ferris, 2010 WL 5158444 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2010, no pet.)
    • In re Rosbottom, 2009 WL 1058747 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2009, dismissed)
    • In re M.K.S.-V., 301S.W.3d 460 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2009, pet. denied)
    • In re D.L.S. , 2010 WL 1491860 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2010, no pet. h.)
    • Kee v. Kee, 307 S.W.3d 812 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2010, pet. denied)
    • In re P.L.H. , 324 S.W.3d 114 (Tex. App – Dallas 2010, pet. denied)
    • In re Pinkard , 2010 WL 4723770 (Tex. App. – Dallas, 2010, pet. denied)
    • In re McCray, 2010 WL 3193315 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2010, orig. proceeding)
    • In re McCray, 324 S.W.3d 685 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2010, orig. proceeding)
    • In re Maasoumi, 339 S.W.3d 787 (Tex. App. Dallas 2011, orig. proceeding)
    • In re M.A.M., 346 S.W.3d 10 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2011, pet. denied)
    • Collins v. Collins, 345 S.W.3d 644 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2011, no pet.)
    • In re McCray, 2011 WL 6152191 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2011, orig. proceeding)
    • In re J.L.E., 2012 WL 2343901 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2012, no pet. h.)
    • In re C.F.M., 360 S.W.3d 654 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2012, no pet. h.)
    • In re B.N.L.B., 375 S.W.3d 557 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2012, no pet. h.)
    • In re Wedgeworth, 2012 WL 690280 (Tex. App. – Tyler 2012, orig. proceeding)
    • Moore v. Moore, 383 S.W.3d 190 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2012, pet. denied)
    • In re Marriage of Bivins, 393 S.W.3d 893 (Tex. App. – Waco 2012, pet. denied)
    • Jablonski v. Jablonski, 2013 WL 2420646 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2013, no pet. h.)
    • Shilling v. Gough, 393 S.W.3d 555 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2013, no pet. h.)
    • In re O'Donnell, 2014 WL 1022111 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2014, orig. proceeding)
    • In re Alvarez-Rivas, 2014 WL 775402 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth, 2014, orig. proceeding)
    • In re Kinney, 2014 WL 1414280 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2014, orig. proceeding)
    • In re C.H., 02-13-00312-CV pending
    • In re O'Donnell, 05-14-00404-CV pending
    • Sheriff v. Moosa, 05-13-01143-CV pending
    • In re M.A.M., 05-14-00040-CV pending

    Educational Background:

    • Baylor University Hankamer School of Business, Bachelor of Business Administration, 1989
    Office Location for Michelle May O'Neil

    5323 Spring Valley Road
    Suite 150
    Dallas, TX 75254

    Phone: 972-852-8000

     

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