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Michelle Simpson Tuegel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Dallas, TX

The Simpson Tuegel Law Firm, PLLC
3301 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226
Phone: 214-774-9121
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 2010
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%), Civil Rights (10%)
Attorney Profile

Michelle Simpson Tuegel has a national practice focused on serious injury and death cases, and the representation of sexual abuse survivors and other crime victims in civil lawsuits. Michelle was one of the first attorneys to file a lawsuit connected to the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. She also represented a number of the Olympic and National team gymnasts who were sexually abused by Larry Nassar in litigation against the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, and Michigan State. Michelle has filed Title IX lawsuits on behalf of women at the University of Southern California, on behalf of clergy abuse survivors in Pennsylvania connected to the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, and she is currently involved in over 100 sexual abuse cases in New York under the New York Child Victims Act. 

 A former world-ranked athlete in slalom water skiing, Michelle now uses her competitive drive to champion clients’ cases. At a time when most young lawyers are still writing memos and carrying a partner’s briefcase to the courthouse, Michelle was trying death penalty cases with high media publicity in Central Texas. Michelle’s years in criminal practice not only gave her extensive trial experience, but it also helped her develop a unique and empathetic approach to communicating with clients in traumatic and highly stressful situations and helping juries and the larger public understand the perspective of her clients. Michelle is a frequent voice in the media, from CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post and USA Today.  Michelle has spoken nationally on Title IX, #MeToo cases, dealing with the media, jury selection, mitigation evidence, and the meaning of service as a trial lawyer. Michelle was named to The National Trial Lawyers’ Top Trial Lawyers list, and a Top 10 National Trial Lawyer for Women’s Rights. She has also been named to Texas SuperLawyers Rising Star list for 2015-2019.  For the past several years Michelle has also been included in the Texas SuperLawyers Rising Star list “Up and Coming Top 100 Lawyers” and “Up and Coming Top 50 Women Lawyers. Michelle is licensed to practice in Texas and New York.  Michelle serves Of Counsel with the New York/New Jersey based mass tort firm, Seeger Weiss.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Civil Rights
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Race Discrimination, Discrimination

Selections

7 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021

Articles about Michelle Simpson Tuegel appearing in Super Lawyers

White Papers

About Michelle Simpson Tuegel

First Admitted: 2010, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.shewinslaw.com/About/Michelle-S-Tuegel.shtml

Representative Clients

  • Represented a number of former U.S. Olympic and National Team gymnasts and college athletes who were sexually abused by the former Olympic Team doctor, Larry Nassar.  The lawsuits  were filed against the United States Olympic Committee, U.S.A. Gymnastics, and Michigan State.  Tuegel's clients were part of a $500 million global settlement reached against Michigan State on behalf of survivors.  
  • Represents or has represented students/victims in Title IX lawsuits against University of Michigan, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Southern Methodist University, University of Southern California and University of Evansville 
  • Represents Clergy Abuse Survivors in New York

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Association for Justice
  •  Michelle worked to get a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2021.  The legislation, sponsored by Representative Nadler in the House and Senator Elizabeth Warren in the Senate, prohibits wealthy companies from using the bankruptcy process as a way to shield themselves from full accountability. Michelle worked on the substance of the legislation with House Judiciary Committee lawyers and assisted in organizing her clients to testify in a House Subcommittee hearing on the bill.  Michells's client, Olympian Tasha Schwikert Moser, a survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, testified at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law in July 2021., 2021
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 2021
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana , 2021
  • United States District Court, Central District of California, 2019
  • United States District Court, Western/Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • New York State Bar
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Board of Directors
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas, Waco Division , CJA Panel Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2010
  • Texas, 2010

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Mission Waco Homeless Shelter – Volunteer/Speaker (devotional) in Soup Kitchen, 2015 - Present 
  • Central Texas NAACP, Working to develop curriculum with NAACP President Dr. Henry, “Know Your Rights Academy” designed to engage and educate young men about their legal rights and interacting with law enforcement.
  • Western District of Texas Criminal Justice Act Plan, Review Committee, CJA Panel Representative, Waco Division
  • Greater Waco Legal Services (Legal Aid Clinic), Board Member, 2016 - 2017
  • Appointed to Merit Selection Panel for appointment of the United States Magistrate position for Western District of Texas, Waco Division
  • Volunteer/Speaker, Waco NAACP
  • Member of Executive Committee Alumni Association, Baylor Law School, 2016 - 2017
  • Mission Waco Legal Aid Volunteer , 2015 - 2016
  • Mission Waco Legal Clinic Advisory Board Member
  • Amnesty International, United Kingdom-Fall
  • Mission Waco Homeless Shelter & Mission Waco Legal Aid Volunteer , 2015 - 2016
  • Advisory Board Member, Mission Waco Legal Aid Services, 2015 - Present
  • Board Member, Central Texas African American Chamber of Commerce, 2015 - Present
  • Board Member, Central Texas African American Chamber of Commerce, 2015
  • Advisory Board Member, Mission Waco Legal Aid Services, 2015

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • In The United States, Many Are Sitting In Jail Just Because They Are Poor, "Pretrial Detention", Guest Writer, 2015
  • May 6, 2021, National Trial Lawyers, Co-Presenter with attorney Kim Dougherty, A Multi-Part Approach to Advocating for Sex Abuse & Assault Survivors, Speaker, A Multi-Part Approach to Advocating for Sex Abuse & Assault Survivors, National Trial Lawyers , Legal, 2021
  • May 3, 2021, American Association for Justice, New Lawyer Boot Camp Webinar Series – Voir Dire Goals & Pitfalls, Speaker, New Lawyer Boot Camp Webinar Series – Voir Dire Goals & Pitfalls, American Association of Justice, Legal, 2021
  • 2021, University of Texas Law School Guest Speaker, Representing Victims in the Civil Court Process, Guest Speaker, Representing Victims in the Civil Court Process, UT Law School, Legal, Law Students, 2021
  • November 5, 2020, Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles, Webinar Sexual Abuse Case Analysis—Witness preparation & Jury Selection in Sexual Abuse Cases., Speaker , Witness preparation & Jury Selection in Sexual Abuse Cases, Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles, Legal, 2020
  • June 16, 2020, American Association for Justice Webinar, “Creating Change: An Introductory Primer for Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Cases.”, Speaker, Creating Change: An Introductory Primer for Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Cases., American Association for Justice, Legal, 2020
  • June 9, 2020, Houston Trial Lawyers Association Webinar, Co-Presented with Robert Swafford “Remote Witness Prep—How to Be There for Your Client When you Can’t Be with Your Client In-Person.”, Speaker, Remote Witness Prep—How to Be There for Your Client When you Can’t Be with Your Client In-Person., Houston Trial Lawyers Association , Legal, 2020
  • March 2020, AAJ Voir Dire Seminar, Faculty Member & Teacher, Faculty Member/Teacher , Voir Dire College/Jury Selection Seminar/College - AAJ, American Association of Justice , Legal, 2020
  • January 2020, Speaker, The National Trial Lawyers Summit in Miami, Florida, “Communicating with Sexual Abuse Survivors”, Speaker, Communicating with Sexual Abuse Survivors, National Trial Lawyers, Legal, 2020
  • October 2019, Speaker at “Mass Torts Made Perfect” in Las Vegas on “Representing Sexual Abuse Survivors in Civil Lawsuits.”, Speaker, Mass Torts Made Perfect in Las Vegas on “Representing Sexual Abuse Survivors in Civil Lawsuits”, Mass Torts Made Perfect Legal Seminar, Legal, 2019
  • October 2019, Speaker at Dallas Videofest, “Gender Discrimination, Equal Pay & #MeToo”, Speaker, Dallas Videofest, “Gender Discrimination, Equal Pay & #MeToo”, Community, 2019
  • “Pretrial Detention”, Fair Trials International, 2015
  • “Pretrial Investigations in Child Physical Abuse and Child Death Cases” , Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2017 
  • Speaker, Waco Legal Professionals Association, 2013
  • Co-speaker, Jury Selection , Baylor Law School, Lecture To Practice Court Class, 2014
  • Lecture to Public Law & Service Class, Speaker, Baylor University, 2015
  • Presentation on "Mitigation in Non-Capital Cases", Speaker , Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Baylor Law School Awards Ceremony & Lecture Series, Distinguished Speaker, Baylor Law School, 2016
  • Presented with Robert Swafford on using the Strike for Cause Method in the context of mitigation in jury selection, Co-speaker, Mitigation in Jury Selection , TCDLA, 2016
  • What it means to be a Baylor Lawyer, Co-speaker, Baylor Law School New Student Orientation, Baylor Law School, 2016
  • Bar & Community Involvement, Co-speaker, Legal Mapmakers CLE "Bar & Community Involvement", Baylor Law School, 2016
  • The Colorado Method and The Strike for Cause Method in Jury Selection, Co-speaker, TCDLA Voir Dire Seminar Dallas, TCDLA, 2016

Educational Background

  • Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, B.A. magna cum laude, Major: English, 2006

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Ranked 3rd in the World in Women's Slalom, 2007
  • Water Ski World Championships—Bronze Medal, 2003
  • Shaklee Products-2006-2008—Sponsored Athlete
  • Chile, World Championships 21 and Under—Silver Medal
  • Water Ski World Cup Women's Slalom Champion, 2005
  • Mastercraft Boats-2002-2008—Sponsored Athlete
  • Russia World Cup Stop-4th in 2006 & 2005
  • Ranked 1st in the United States in Women's Slalom, 2007
  • Ireland World Cup Stop-4th in 2006, 2 nd 2005
  • Amnesty International, United Kingdom—Fall, 2004
  • United States Olympic Committee Training Stipend Recipient

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Represented a number of the victims from the Las Vegas mass shooting and filed the first lawsuit against MGM and Live Nation in 2017.  Tuegel's clients were part of a $800 million global settlement reached against MGM on behalf of survivors in October 2019., 2019
  • Represented a number of former U.S. Olympic and National Team gymnasts and college athletes who were sexually abused by the former Olympic Team doctor, Larry Nassar.  The lawsuits  were filed against the United States Olympic Committee, U.S.A. Gymnastics, and Michigan State.  Tuegel's clients were part of a $500 million global settlement reached against Michigan State on behalf of survivors.  , 2018

Honors/Awards

  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association’s John Howie Award for the courageous pursuit of justice in the face of adversity for work as one of the lead lawyers on a legal team representing protesters against the City of Dallas who obtained an injunction preventing the use of rubber bullets and tear gas against peaceful protesters in the City of Dallas in May/June 2020., Dallas Trial Lawyers Association John Howie Award, Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, 2020
  • Central Track News named Michelle Simpson Tuegel one of the “Dallasites of the Year” and “Lawyer of the Year” in Dallas, Dallasites of the Year/Lawyers of the Year, Central Track News, 2020
  • Candidate for Juris Doctorate, Summer 2010, Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, 2014
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
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Office Location for Michelle Simpson Tuegel

3301 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226

Phone: 214-774-9121

Last Updated: 8/5/2021

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