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Thomas M. Michel - Fort Worth, TX

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Updated 3/27/2014
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Griffith, Jay & Michel, LLP

2200 Forest Park Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76110-1732

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Thomas M. Michel Overview

Thomas Michel is a partner and heads the firm's 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. For the years 2005-2013, he has been selected for inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service published in Texas Monthly. Likewise, Fort Worth Magazine has recognized him as a Top Lawyer in Tarrant County in the years 2005-2013. 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 legal and 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 Law
  • Family Law
  • Litigation

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney/Partner, since January 1, 2006

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Supreme Court of Texas, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Specialties and Certifications

  • Board Certified Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1997

Other Affiliations

  • Tarrant County Bar Association (Former Chair of the Appellate Section)
  • Tarrant County State Bar (Former Chair of the Appellate Pro Bono Committee)
  • Tarrant County Bar Association- Appellate Section (Member)
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Former Co-Chair of the Bench Bar Conference
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow; Member Texas for Legal Ethics & Professionalism)


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1989
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1986
    Honors: cum laude

Past Positions

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan School of Law (Former)
  • Bourland, Kirkman, Jay & Michel, LLP, Partner, 1997 - 2005

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker and Auther - Appellate Issues - Texas State Bar Convention - 2013
  • Speaker and Author - Appellate Considerations, Advanced Family Law Seminar - 2012
  • Speaker and Author - Declaratory Judgments , Advanced Family Law Seminar - 2012
  • The Appellate Roadshow or Everything Trial Lawyers Need to, State Bar of Texas Appellate Seminar and Tarrant County Bar Association Appellate Section
  • Tools of the Trade: A Family Lawyer's Checklist for Appeal of a Family Law Case, State Bar of Texas- Advanced Family Law Seminar
  • Motions in Court of Appeals, Tarrant County Bar Association- Appellate Seminar
  • The Ethics and Economics of Appellate Practice, Tarrant County Bar Association- Appellate Seminar

Other Sources of Feedback About Thomas M. Michel

Included on the 2013 Texas list

Past Lists

  • 2012 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Texas Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Thomas M. Michel on Super Lawyers


  • Martindale Hubble- AV Preeminent Attorney, 2006 - 2013
  • Designated in the list of Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service published in Texas Monthly, 2005 - 2013
  • Designated as a Top Lawyer in Tarrant County (Appellate/Family Law) by Fort Worth Magazine, a publication of Fort Worth, Texas the City’s Magazine, 2005 - 2013
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2200 Forest Park Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76110-1732






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