Michelle Simpson Tuegel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Dallas, TX

Simpson Tuegel Law Firm
 | 3301 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75214
Phone: 214-774-9121
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2010
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Civil Rights (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (80%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Civil Rights (10%): Race Discrimination, Discrimination

Civil Litigation (10%)

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

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020

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White Papers

  • Church Influencing State: How the Catholic Church Spent Millions Against Survivors of Clergy Abuse (2019) - The U.S. Catholic Church spent more than $10 million on lobbyists over seven years to delay statute of limitations reforms from going into effect in eight states, according to a new report.

  • 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

    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

    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
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    Office Location for Michelle Simpson Tuegel

    3301 Elm St.
    Dallas, TX 75214

    Phone: 214-774-9121

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    Last Updated: 10/14/2019

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