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R. Michael Northrup

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Dallas, TX

Cowles and Thompson PC
901 Main Street, Suite 3900
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214-672-2150
Fax: 214-672-2020
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 1988
Practice Areas: Appellate (70%), Personal Injury - General: Defense (10%), Professional Liability: Defense (10%), State, Local & Municipal (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney R. Michael Northrup is a shareholder with Cowles & Thompson law firm, which has offices located in Dallas and Plano, Texas. Board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Northrup heads the firm's appellate practice group, and he has more than 31 years of experience providing exceptional legal counsel and support to clients across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Appeals

·       Employment law

·       Personal injury

·       Commercial disputes

·       Insurance coverage disputes and litigation

·       Municipal and public law

·       Land use and zoning

A leader in his field, Mr. Northrup has been a regular contributor to Texas Torts & Remedies as well as the Texas Litigation Guide, and he has authored and co-authored many other texts involving a wide range of topics, such as appeals, class actions, deceptive trade practices, punitive damages and other subjects. In addition, he has also served on the adjunct legal faculty at both Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and UC Hastings College of the Law.

Throughout the course of his legal career, Mr. Northrup has achieved considerable success handling all aspects of trial and appeals in state, federal and appellate courts across his region, and he has gained a reputation as one of the leading attorneys in the country for his practice areas.

Among his most notable accolades, Mr. Northrup holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America© since 2013. Moreover, D Magazine voted him among the Best Lawyers in Dallas for Appellate Law, and he has received numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1985 graduate of Texas A&M University, Mr. Northrup obtained his Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1988, where he was a member of the prestigious Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honors Society. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Active in his legal community, Mr. Northrup is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association, the Texas Aggie Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the College of the State Bar of Texas.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Appellate
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Defense
  • 10%Professional Liability: Defense
  • 10%State, Local & Municipal
Focus Areas

State, Local & Municipal Litigation


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2021

About R. Michael Northrup

First Admitted: 1988, Texas

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Texas Torts & Remedies as well as the Texas Litigation Guide, author
  • “In Search of Consensus on ‘Net Worth’,” (co-author), The Appellate Advocate (Spring 2010); “Restrictions on Class-Action Attorney-Fee Awards,” 46 South Texas Law Review 953 (2005); “Per Curiam Review in the Supreme Court,” The Appellate Advocate (Winter 1990); and “Per Curiam Disposition,” The Houston Lawyer (March/April 1990)
  • Deceptive Trade Practices Act, Punitive Damages, Limitation of Actions, the Appellate Record, and Liquor Liability


  • Myers v. Crestone Int’l LLC, 121 Fed. Appx. 25 (5th Cir. Tex. 2005).Domino’s Pizza, L.L.C. v. Reddy, No. 09-14-00058-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 2578 (Tex. App.—Beaumont, Mar. 19, 2015, pet. denied).Levetz v. Sutton, 404 S.W.3d 798 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2013, pet. denied).Webb v. Voga, 316 S.W.3d 809, 811 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2010, no pet.).Webb v. Glenbrook Owners Ass’n, 298 S.W.3d 374 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2009, no pet.).Talkington v. McCurley, No. 05-08-01166-CV, 2009 Tex. App. LEXIS 8826 (Tex. App.—Dallas Nov. 17, 2009, pet. denied).In re Estate of Bendtsen, 230 S.W.3d 823 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2007, pet. denied).Northrup v. Southwestern Bell Tel. Co., 72 S.W.3d 1 (Tex. App.--Corpus Christi 2001, pet. denied).Texas Commerce Bank v. Grizzle, 96 S.W.3d 240 (Tex. 2002).St. Paul Surplus Lines Ins. Co. v. Dal-Worth Tank Co., 974 S.W.2d 51 (Tex. 1998).Greene's Pressure Testing & Rentals, Inc. v. Flournoy Drilling Co., 113 F.3d 47 (5th Cir. 1997).Pansegrau v. National Union Fire Ins. Co., 23 F.3d 960 (5th Cir. 1994).Cleaver v. George Staton Co., 908 S.W.2d 468 (Tex. App.--Tyler 1995, writ denied).Besing v. Vanden Eykel, 878 S.W.2d 182 (Tex. App.--Dallas 1994, writ denied).Beavers v. Northrop Worldwide Aircraft Servs., 821 S.W.2d 669 (Tex. App.--Amarillo 1991, writ denied).


  • AV Peer Review (Pre-eminent), rated by Martindale Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas – Appellate Law, D Magazine, selected for inclusion, 2012-2013, 2016
  • Texas Super Lawyers ©, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers®; selected for inclusion, 2003-2019
  • Best Lawyers in America©, Appellate Practice, Best Lawyers®; selected for inclusion, 2013-2020

Bar/Professional Activity

  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 
  • State Bar of Texas, 1988
  • United States Supreme Court 

Educational Background

  • J.D., Texas Tech University School of LawMember, Phi Delta Phi, 1988
  • B.S., Texas A&M University, 1985

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2003
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Office Location for R. Michael Northrup

901 Main Street
Suite 3900
Dallas, TX 75202

Phone: 214-672-2150

Fax: 214-672-2020

Last Updated: 12/26/2021

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