Michael Hawash

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Hawash Cicack & Gaston LLP
 | 3401 Allen Parkway, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77019
Phone: 713-658-9004
Fax: 713-658-9011
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2005
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%)
Attorney Profile

Michael Hawash is a litigation and mediation attorney and partner at Hawash Cicack & Gaston LLP. Certified as a mediator by the AA White Dispute Resolution Center, he represents clients in the Houston metropolitan area. Former clients have given him an Avvo “Superb” rating, and he is admitted to practice in the state of Texas, with over 15 years of experience representing both defendants and plaintiffs in a long list of commercial disputes.

The practice focuses on issues such as commercial arbitration, intellectual property misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, Uniform Commercial Code violations, deceptive trade practices, breach of contract, construction and real estate disputes, professional malpractice, fraud, insurance bad faith, unfair competition and antitrust. Mr. Hawash has also written and published material for the Computer Gaming World and Leaping Horseman Books.

Mr. Hawash is a member of the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, the Texas Association of Mediators, the Houston Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Association of Attorney-Mediators and the American Bar Association. At the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, Mr. Hawash graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in government and history. He then attended the University of Houston Law Center where he graduated with his Juris Doctor in 1994.

Many other states have admitted Mr. Hawash pro hac vice. In traditional court cases, he has handled arbitrations brought under the International Chamber of Commerce Rules, the Judicial Arbitration & Mediation Services and the American Arbitration Association. As a certified mediator, Mr. Hawash can serve as a neutral mediator for two parties seeking to negotiate an agreement outside the courtroom.

 
Practice Areas

Business Litigation (50%)
Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%)
Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)
Insurance Coverage (10%)

Business Litigation (50%)

Civil Litigation (20%)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)

Insurance Coverage (10%): Bad Faith Insurance

Focus Areas

Bad Faith Insurance

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 9 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2005

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About Michael Hawash

Admitted: 1994, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://hcgllp.com/attorney/michael-a-hawash/

Honors/Awards:

  • Ranked "Superb" by Avvo
  • Texas Super Lawyers – 2011-2018 (Thomson Reuters)
  • Texas Super Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys in Houston – 2014-2015 (Thomson Reuters)

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Mediator - AA White Dispute Resolution Center, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Texas, 1994
  • American Bar Association - Early Dispute Resolution Committee, 2019

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Harris County Dispute Resolution Center Volunteer, 2018
  • Chairman, Mandell Winlow Security Foundation, A Non-Profit Corporation
  • Harris County Dispute Resolution Center Volunteer, 2019

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Recent research into Robert Capa's iconic photographs of the first wave at Omaha Beach on D-Day, Author, The Invasion of Normandy, the Magnificent Eleven and Mediation, 2019
  • Michael Hawash, Foreword, Turning Point: Recollections of Russian Participants and Witnesses of the Stalingrad Battle (Leaping Horseman Books, 2008)
  • Michael Hawash, The Ultimate Online Lawsuit, Computer Gaming World (November 1998)
  • Michael Hawash, How to Start and Grow Your Own Computer Game Development Company, (1999)
  • Michael Hawash, What Every Game Developer needs to Know About Intellectual Property Rights, Computer Gaming World (January 1999)
  • Co-Author with Peter A. McLauchlan, Recent Developments in Admiralty Jurisdiction, 18 Tul. Mar. L. J. 262 (1994)

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Obtained multimillion dollar judgment against an employee accused of embezzling funds.
  • Obtained a multimillion dollar settlement in a professional malpractice case against attorneys who failed to give proper advice relating to a multimillion dollar business deal.
  • Obtained settlement from a manufacturer accused of distributing defective products worldwide.
  • Obtained judgment against a creditor who was attempting to kill a several hundred million dollar business deal by forcing a debtor into an unjustified bankruptcy.
  • Obtained a dismissal in favor of a seller of real estate accused of making improper disclosures regarding the condition of the property.
  • Obtained an arbitration award in favor of a mid-rise apartment community against a plumbing contractor whose negligence led to a ruinous water leak.
  • Obtained multimillion dollar settlement in favor of a healthcare provider in a contract dispute.
  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a major oil and gas company accused of maintaining dangerous and hazardous conditions aboard one of its deep water drilling rigs.
  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of an offshore exploration company accused of negligence aboard one of its vessels.
  • Obtained seven figure settlement in a breach of fiduciary duty case.
  • Obtained a seven figure settlement against a title company that failed to properly close a multimillion dollar commercial transaction.
  • Obtained a multimillion dollar settlement on behalf of a commercial property owner whose insurance company refused to pay for damages arising out of a catastrophic flood.
  • Obtained settlement from a software company accused of misappropriating the trade secrets of a rival.
  • Obtained settlement from a national insurance carrier who failed to provide appropriate property insurance coverage to a major retail business destroyed by fire.
  • Obtained confidential settlement for a tenant in a dispute with a landlord over a multimillion dollar commercial lease.
  • Obtained a seven figure settlement from a drilling contractor whose wrongful actions caused the loss of a multimillion dollar gas lease.
  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of an offshore services company accused of maintaining unseaworthy conditions aboard one of its vessels.
  • Obtained judgment against a national insurance carrier who refused to provide insurance coverage to an insured faced with multimillion dollar liability claims.
  • Obtained a multimillion dollar settlement in a professional malpractice case against an engineer who failed to provide proper design engineering drawings on a large construction project.
  • Obtained judgment in favor of a trust beneficiary whose funds had been seized by the title company.
  • Obtained a settlement from a national insurance carrier who failed to provide proper indemnity coverage to a major oil and gas company involved in a multimillion dollar lawsuit.
  • Obtained policy limits settlement against a professional engineering firm that failed to obtain appropriate easements on a multimillion dollar construction project.
  • Obtained an international arbitration award in favor of a European distributor of medical devices.
  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a major oil company accused of allowing hazardous working conditions to pose a risk to offshore workers.
  • Obtained a jury verdict against a national transportation company for allowing unrepaired conditions to pose a danger to passengers aboard one of its vehicles.

Educational Background:

  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. in History, 1991
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. in Government, 1991

Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association
  • Association Of Attorney-Mediators
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Association Of Mediators
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
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Office Location for Michael Hawash

3401 Allen Parkway
Suite 200
Houston, TX 77019

Phone: 713-658-9004

Fax: 713-658-9011

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Last Updated: 6/19/2019

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