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Michael D. Sydow

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Houston, TX

The Sydow Firm
3355 W Alabama St, Suite 444
Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 713-369-5974
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004
Licensed in Texas Since: 1976
Practice Areas: Family Law (30%), Intellectual Property (20%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%), Business Litigation (10%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%), Intellectual Property Litigation (10%)
Languages Spoken: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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The founder of The Sydow Firm and a Texas native, Michael D. Sydow has been certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he represents clients throughout the greater Houston metropolitan area. Admitted to practice in Texas since 1976, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition, Mr. Sydow has appeared pro hac vice in other state and federal courts around the country.

Mr. Sydow has a varied practice that encompasses several areas of the law. He has worked on cases involving intellectual property disputes, divorce and other family law matters, insurance coverage, finance, international business transactions and related litigation, energy and utilities regulation, personal injury and wrongful death, whistleblower qui tam claims, admiralty law, defamation, and contract disputes. In addition, Mr. Sydow has provided defense representation for clients who have been accused by the state or federal government of having committed serious criminal offenses.

Mr. Sydow has long been held in high regard by his colleagues for his successful track record and high degree of ethics. Among his awards and honors are an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 “Superb” peer-review rating through Avvo. After graduating with honors from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Mr. Sydow served his country as an attorney with the United States Navy, trying several contract claims before returning to civilian life. He is a fellow of both the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation and is a member of several other professional groups.

*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
  • 30%Family Law
  • 20%Intellectual Property
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Intellectual Property Litigation
Focus Areas

Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Father's Rights, Intellectual Property Law, Wrongful Death, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004

Certificates and Credentials

About Michael D. Sydow

First Admitted: 1976, Texas

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Educational Background

  • Southwestern University, Bachelor of Arts, 1973

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Houston Bar Association’s Judicial Liaison Committee, Chaired
  • Member of, United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Claims, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States District Courts of the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, and the Northern District of Michigan
  • Pro hac vice in state and federal courts in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado, California, Idaho, and British Columbia
  • Texas, 1976


  • Houston Bar Association’s Judicial Liaison Committee, for which he received the President’s Award in 1990
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Advanced Evidence and Discovery Institute, University of Houston Law Foundation, “Damages (Including Actual and Punitive Damages): Evidentiary Requirements and Proof of Techniques,” 1999 and 2001.
  • “No Duty: An Historical Perspective on the Judicial Creation of a Privileged Class: 12 Trial Lawyers Forum 17, 1988.
  • “Admiralty Jurisdiction Over Injuries to Offshore Workers.” 22 South Texas Law Journal 3, 1982.
  • Fourth Annual Southwest Regional Head Injury Symposium: How to Deal Competently with Legally Competent Individuals Who are Incompetent; Trusts, etc.,” Colorado, 1986.
  • 10th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, “Probing the Edges of Peer Privileges,” 2001.
  • Advanced Civil Litigation, University of Houston Law Center, “Pleadings and Attacks on Pleadings,” 1991.
  • Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, “Effective Planning and Use of Discovery Tools,” 1990.
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Office Location for Michael D. Sydow

3355 W Alabama St
Suite 444
Houston, TX 77098

Phone: 713-369-5974

Last Updated: 1/12/2021

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