Michael R. Puhl

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in McKinney, TX

Puhl Law Group, P.C.
205 West Louisiana Street, Suite 201A
McKinney, TX 75069
Phone: 972-569-3166
Fax: 972-569-3167
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Family Law (90%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

Focusing his practice exclusively on family law matters, Michael R. Puhl is the principal attorney at Puhl Law Group, P.C., located in McKinney, Texas. Providing representation to clients in Collin County and other parts of the Dallas metropolitan area, he assists people whose marriages are coming to an end and who are dealing with such divorce-related legal issues as child and spousal support, child custody and visitation, and complex asset and debt division. He encourages his clients to resolve these matters informally through negotiations, collaborative law or mediation if possible, but he provides aggressive courtroom advocacy when necessary.

Other family law matters that Mr. Puhl handles include post-divorce order modifications, parental relocations, prenuptial agreements, domestic violence, grandparents' rights and adoptions. He has been certified as a specialist in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2009, and he is also a certified family law mediator. Mr. Puhl obtained his Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School in 1982. He is admitted to practice before all Texas and Illinois state courts and before the Supreme Court of the United States. Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Puhl is AV Preeminent peer-review rated* through Martindale-Hubbell and has a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo.

In 2006, Mr. Puhl was appointed by then-Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists. He subsequently served a term as the chair of the board and was the first non-therapist to hold that position. Mr. Puhl has also been a member of the board of both the McKinney Economic Development Corporation and the McKinney Community Development Corporation. He is a member of the Family Law Section of the Collin County Bar Association.

*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
  • 90%Family Law
  • 10%Alternative Dispute Resolution
Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Arbitration, Mediation


13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2021

About Michael R. Puhl

Admitted: 1992, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.myfamilylawyer.net/about-us/michael-r-puhl

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified – Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2009 – Present
  • Certified Family Law Mediator, 1997 – Present

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992 – Present
  • Texas State Bar Association, Member, Family Law Section, 1992 – Present
  • Collin County Bench/Bar Foundation, Member, Executive Board of Directors, 2000 – 2003
  • Collin County Bar Association, 1992 – Present
  • Texas Supreme Court, 1992 – Present
  • McKinney Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Executive Committee Member, 2013 – 2016
  • Collin County Bench/Bar Foundation, Fellow, 1997 – Present
  • State Bar College of Texas, 1995 – Present
  • Texas Association of Family Law Specialists, 2009 – Present
  • Illinois Supreme Court, 1982 – 2019
  • McKinney Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 2012 – 2016
  • Texas State Bar Association, Director on Pro Bono Committee of State Bar Association, 1997 – 1998
  • Collin County Bench/Bar Foundation, Annual Bench/Bar Conference, Board of Directors, 1996 – 2000
  • Plano Bar Association President, 1996 – 1997
  • Texas State Bar Association, 1992-present, 1995

Educational Background

  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, 1982

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Conference Speaker at 2014 National Conference of the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) on Leadership Responsibilities of the AMFTRB to Develop and Implement National Standards for the Licensing and Regulation of Marriage and Family Therapists, Conference Speaker, State Delegate, 2014
  • Conference Speaker at 2013, 2014 and 2015 Annual Meeting of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists on Counselors in the Courtroom: Conflict Between Therapeutic and Forensic Roles, Conference Speaker, Texas Association Of Marriage And Family Therapists, 2013
  • Conference Speaker at 2013 and 2014 Texas Counseling Association Professional Growth Conference: Conflict Between Therapeutic and Forensic Roles for Counselors in the Courtroom, Conference Speaker, Texas Association Of Marriage And Family Therapists, 2013
  • Conference Speaker at 2013 North Texas Families in Transition Professional Workshop, Fort Worth, Texas: Managing Confidentiality, Subpoenas & Effective Courtroom Interaction., Conference Speaker, northtexasfit.com, North Texas Families In Transition Alliance, 2013

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Executive Board Member, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Collin County, 2018 - Present, 2018
  • McKinney Independent School District, Board of Trustees, McKinney, Texas, 2002 – 2008
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Collin County Board of Directors (2018 - Present)
  • Texas State Delegate to national conference of the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards and the National Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) (2006 – 2012)
  • McKinney Independent School District, Board of Trustees, McKinney, Texas, Board Secretary, 2003 – 2008
  • Lincoln-Way High School District #210, Board of Trustees, Chicago, Illinois, 1987 – 1989 and 1990 – 1992
  • McKinney Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Liaison Member of Board of Directors for MISD, 2002 – 2008
  • Board Member, McKinney Community Development Corporation, 2010
  • Lincoln-Way High School District #210, Board of Trustees, Chicago, Illinois, Vice-President, 1991 – 1992


  • AV Preeminent Peer Review rating by Martindale – Hubbell (since 2001), AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
  • Super Lawyer, 2009 - Current, Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly, 2020
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Office Location for Michael R. Puhl

205 West Louisiana Street
Suite 201A
McKinney, TX 75069

Phone: 972-569-3166

Fax: 972-569-3167

Last Updated: 6/2/2021

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