Michelle Simpson Tuegel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Dallas, TX

Simpson Tuegel Law Firm
 | 3301 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75214
Phone: 512-298-4755
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2010
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michelle Simpson Tuegel is the founder and owner of the Simpson Tuegel Law Firm located in Dallas, Texas. Widely regarded as one of the top trial lawyers in the state as well as the country, Ms. Simpson Tuegel focuses her practice exclusively on criminal defense, and she has achieved notable success defending the rights and liberties of those who stand accused or who are under investigation for virtually any type of felony or misdemeanor offense.

Before establishing her own private practice, Ms. Simpson Tuegel served as a partner with a prominent criminal defense firm in Waco, where she handled numerous high-profile cases involving capital murder, federal felony drug cases, aggravate sexual assault, aggravate robbery, kidnapping and other serious charges. She has also handled several personal injury cases, including those arising from the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017.

A recognized leader in her field, Ms. Simpson Tuegel has appeared on a number of televised news programs and national publications offering in-depth legal commentary on trial advocacy and other related topics. She also holds the distinction of being among the youngest attorneys in the state to serve as a second-chair qualified attorney for capital murder cases.

From her impeccable professionalism and service, Ms. Simpson Tuegel has received many awards and honors throughout her career. Texas Monthly Magazine included her as one of the Up and Coming Top 100 Lawyers as well as one of the Up and Coming Top 50 Women Lawyers, and The National Trial Lawyers named her among the country's Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

A consummate professional, she is an active member of several professional legal organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where she serves on the board of directors as well as the organization's Title IX committee. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Baylor University Law School in 2010, and she is admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in Texas as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (90%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Criminal Defense (10%): Criminal Law

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Criminal Law

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019

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About Michelle Tuegel

Admitted: 2010, Texas

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

Honors/Awards:

  • 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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Municipal Court Judge – City of Woodway, Texas , Former Associate 
  • Waco McLennan County Bar Association
  • TCDLA Nomination Committee, Member
  • TCDLA Law School Committee , Member
  • NACDL Death Penalty Committee , Member
  • TCDLA New Lawyers’ Committee, Co-Chair
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), Member
  • NACDL Membership Committee, Vice-Chair
  • NACDL Women in Criminal Defense Committee , Member
  • Former Associate Municipal Court Judge – City of Woodway, Texas
  • NACDL Budget Committee , Member
  • NACDL Title IX Committee , Member
  • NACDL, Amicus Curiae Committee , Fifth Circuit Vice Chair
  • 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
  • McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association , Member
  • Judge Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court, Associate/Member, 2014 - 2016
  • Former Associate Municipal Court Judge – City of Woodway, Texas
  • Waco McLennan County Bar Association, Member, 2010 - 2016
  • Capital Defense (death penalty appointment list) “second chair” qualified – 3rd Judicial Region of Texas, 2013 - 2016
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
  • McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Waco McLennan County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2010
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Judge Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court, Associate/Member
  • Board of Directors, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016
  • Texas, 2010
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Qualified 2nd Chair Attorney for Capital Murder Cases

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
  • “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

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

Educational Background:

  • Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, B.A. magna cum laude, Major: English, 2006
Office Location for Michelle Simpson Tuegel

3301 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75214

Phone: 512-298-4755

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Last Updated: 1/10/2019

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