Thomas M. Michel

Top rated appellate attorney in Fort Worth, Texas

Griffith, Jay & Michel, LLP
Thomas M. Michel
Griffith, Jay & Michel, LLP

Practice Areas: Appellate, Family law, Business litigation; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1990

Education: The University of Texas School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022

Griffith, Jay & Michel, LLP

2200 Forest Park Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76110 Visit website


Thomas Michel is a partner and heads the firm's civil appellate practice group. Formerly a briefing attorney on the Texas Court of Appeals, Mr. Michel's practice is dedicated to appellate work, litigation and family law matters. In 1997, Mr. Michel became board certified in Civil Appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Michel has been recognized for his appellate accomplishments. He was honored by Texas Monthly Magazine as a Super Lawyer in Texas (2005 - 2013). Likewise, Fort Worth Magazine has recognized him as a Top Lawyer in Tarrant County during the same time period. Mr. Michel is also a life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Mr. Michel is also rated an AV-Preeminent Lawyer who meets the very high criteria for ethical standards by his legal peers in Martindale Hubble.

Mr. Michel has handled and argued cases in the United States Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court and state and federal Courts of Appeals.  He has also tried both Commercial and Family Law cases.

Practice areas

Appellate, Family law, Business litigation

Focus areas


  • 50% Appellate
  • 30% Family law
  • 20% Business litigation

First Admitted: 1990, Texas

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Educational Background:
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. - 1989
  • University of Texas, B.A. Cum Laude, 1986
  • Fort Worth Magazine- Top Lawyer in Tarrant County, Appellate Law; Family Law, 2005-2013
  • AV Preeminent Attorney Rated by Martindale Hubbell, 2006-2013
  • Texas Monthly Super Lawyers, 2005-2013
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Michel, The Appellate Roadshow or Everything Trial Lawyers Need to Know About Appellate Law (But Were Afraid to Ask), State Bar of Texas Appellate Section and Appellate Section of the Tarrant County Bar Association, May 27, 2004
  • Tools of The Trade: A Family Trial Lawyer's Checklist For Appeal of a Family Law Case, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law 2000, August 21-24, 2000
  • Appellate Seminar, Motions in the Court of Appeals, Tarrant County Bar Association, 1998
  • Appellate Seminar, The Ethics and Economics of Appellate Practice, Tarrant County Bar Association, March 28, 1996
  • Speaker and Author, Appellate Considerations, Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2012
  • Speaker and Author, Advanced Family Law Seminar, Declaratory Judgments, 2012
  • Speaker and Author, Appellate Issues, Texas State Bar Convention, 2013
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization- Board Certified Civil Appellate Law, 1997
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • Member, Tarrant County Bar Association, Appellate Section
  • Member Advisory Board, West Texas Legal Services, Former
  • Lifetime Member, Texas Family Law Foundation
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • Chair, Appellate Pro Bono Committee, Tarrant County State Bar Association, Former
  • Former, Adjunct Professor Texas Wesleyan School of Law
  • Member Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Texas Bar Foundation
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Chair, Tarrant County Bar Association, Appellate Section, Former
  • Co-Chair, Tarrant County Bar Association, Tarrant County Bench Bar Conference, Former
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas

Office location for Thomas M. Michel

2200 Forest Park Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76110

Phone: 817-926-2500


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022

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