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Overview

Because Mike developed strong relationships working in the public sector, government decision-makers have confidence that he will deliver the legal services they need. 

A former elected county attorney for Harris County, Texas, Mike has firsthand experience with how government works. He draws on those public-sector insights and the relationships he built during his 25-year public law practice in his current work with clients. When governmental entities or elected officials need legal services, they rely on Mike as a Houston public law attorney to help them resolve their issues.

Mike works with governmental entities on condemnations, regulatory compliance issues, civil rights lawsuits, permitting disputes, situations that arise in appraising tax values for tax purposes and various administrative matters. He also advises public officials and candidates for elected office on ballot challenges, election litigation and difficult statutory disputes.


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Recognition

  • Texas Navy, Admiral, Commissioned by Governor Perry

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin
    • with honors
    • Chemistry

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Irish Lawyers Society
  • State Bar of Texas
Featured Experience

Condemnation Case with Large Difference Between Dollars Offered and Dollars Demanded Is Successfully Resolved

Mike represented Harris County, Texas, in one of the largest condemnation cases on record in terms of the difference between dollars offered and dollars demanded. Harris County was forced to condemn the property of a manufacturing company to make way for a freeway connector and valued the condemned property at $15 million. The manufacturing company sought $39 million in compensation for the property. Following extensive discovery and litigation, Mike successfully resolved the case for a dollar amount very close to the original offer.


Alerts | May 24, 2019
Texas Amends Israeli Anti-Boycott Law

The new law clarifies legislative intent that the previous anti-boycott Israel law does not pertain to small contracts and individuals, but is it enough to address the Court’s constitutional concerns?

Alerts | May 20, 2019
Texas Supreme Court Defers to Government Declaration of Public Use, at Least for Now

The decision’s ramifications are significant for both public condemnors and private landowners.

Alerts | March 12, 2019
Texas Supreme Court Affirms Cuts to Future Public Pension Benefits

On Friday, March 8, a unanimous Texas Supreme Court affirmed the Fifth Court of Appeals and upheld the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System’s decision to cut the future interest rate on accounts established under a deferred retirement option plan (DROP).

Alerts | February 20, 2019
Texas Supreme Court Rules Emails to Testifying Expert Can Be Privileged

Clients often make good testifying experts because they have specialized knowledge and experience in their industry. While normally emails between an attorney and a testifying expert are discoverable, what if the testifying expert is also the client–are such emails discoverable by virtue of the client being a testifying expert?

Media Mentions | April 4, 2018
Dallas Business Journal: Law firm expands in Texas with 14 lawyers from Gardere Wynne Sewell (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

Media Mentions | April 2, 2018
Texas Lawyer: Husch Blackwell Grabs 14 Lawyers from Gardere On Heels of Foley-Gardere Merger (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

Media Mentions | April 2, 2018
Law360: Husch Blackwell Adds 14 From Gardere Wynne In Texas (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

News Releases | April 2, 2018
Husch Blackwell Announces Major Expansion in Texas; Adds 14 Lawyers to Offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

Outside the Office

Mike enjoys traveling to Ireland and hunting for treasure in the Rocky Mountains.

Mike has traveled to Ireland four times. He also enjoys traveling to the the Rocky Mountains where he hunts for treasure. Legend has it, 87-year-old millionaire Forrest Fenn buried a treasure chest worth millions of dollars in the Rocky Mountains in 2011, and the nine clues to finding the treasure are imbedded in a poem written by Fenn. Mike has been following the clues to the treasure. So far, he has been on treasure hunting excursions to Montana, Yellowstone National Park and New Mexico. He says the joy is in looking for the treasure and pondering the possibilities.

Community Leadership
  • Greater Houston Partnership, Government Relations Advisory Committee
  • Houston Realty
  • Irish Society
  • South Texas College of Law Alumni Association