Michael K. Hurst
Michael K. Hurst

“Michael Hurst has handled numerous matters for us. He always has the end game in mind, while maintaining the integrity of Hunt, both inside and outside of the courtroom.”

- David Hernandez, Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

“I have witnessed Michael Hurst’s incredible skill in court and rapport with judges and juries from summary judgment to jury selection through closing argument. His dedication to his clients and the community are tremendous.”

- Jill Meyer, Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

“I determined I needed a No. 1 first-class trial team to take the matter to trial, and I knew that was Michael and his team at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst. I’ve known Michael a long time. I know of his capabilities and he’s one of the most tenacious, effective lawyers in the business.”

- Burton Brillhart, Varsity Brands

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2100 Ross Avenue, Suite 2700
Dallas, Texas 75201
T 214.981.3838
F 214.981.3839

Michael K. Hurst

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Michael K. Hurst is widely recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the country in large and complex commercial, intellectual property, and employment litigation. Michael is also a prominent leader of The Bar Association and the community, serving as President of the 11,000+ member Dallas Bar Association in 2018. He has extensive courtroom experience and has litigated and tried numerous high profile cases, including breach of contract, fraud, theft of trade secrets, non-compete agreements, partnership disputes, financial services, fraudulent transfers, oil and gas, electricity, employment discrimination, tortious interference, and breach of fiduciary duty. Michael is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

A passionate advocate of the preservation of the civil jury trial system, Michael also handles oil and gas disputes, hedge fund, private equity, banking and investment banking litigation, and class actions. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics ranging from trial skills, theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duties to energy litigation.

He has been recognized every year by his peers in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazines as a “Super Lawyer,” including being named one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Texas" in 2005, 2006, and 2008-2018. Also, Michael has been selected as a Benchmark Litigation Star (National Publication). Michael has been consistently named one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine and “Best Lawyers in America” by U.S. News & World Report, and was named Outstanding Mentor by both the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association in 2014. He was also named one of the Top 15 Business Defenders by the Dallas Business Journal. In 2012, Michael was elected to the prestigious BTI Client Service All-Stars.

  • Obtained a $3.2 million jury verdict/judgment, including punitive damages, in state court in Mobile, Alabama in trade secret dispute between the largest providers of class rings and graduation gowns
  • Co-Lead Counsel on approximately $5 million fraud and breach of fiduciary duty judgment on behalf of oil and gas client against large retail bank after two week trial
  • Obtained the #15 Verdict in the Nation by The National Law Journal—a $94 million verdict resulting in a $45 million judgment (now on appeal) for Plaintiffs and his clients, Intervenors L.W. Hunt Resources and Richard Raughton for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud after forming an oil and gas partnership
  • Obtained a $1.4 million jury verdict on behalf of Hunt Consolidated, Inc. in Dallas against an international corporation for two counts of fraud
  • Successful defense of a $19 billion hedge fund and two of its partners in a four week jury trial over alleged breaches of fiduciary duties and contracts
  • Obtained a $7.86 million jury verdict on behalf of a medical consulting company for breach of contract and tortious interference (settled for a lesser sum)
  • Obtained an $11 million jury verdict on behalf of entrepreneur against a publicly traded high finance company (settled for a lesser sum)
  • Presented and argued appeal that overturned a substantial indemnity judgment for a large oil and gas contractor: Nabors Drilling U.S.A., L.P. v. Encana Oil & Gas (U.S.A.) Inc., Case No. 2-12-00166-CV (Tex. App.-Fort Worth [2nd Dist.] 2013)
  • Obtained a $1 million jury verdict (post judgment motions and appeals pending) on behalf of an injured special needs child attending local school district in federal court
  • Won take-nothing defense verdict in an employment case for a large international company in a state court jury trial in reverse discrimination
  • Lead trial and appellate counsel in prosecution of an important trade secret case, published at 965 S.W.2d 19 (Tex. App-Houston [1st Dist.] 1998)
  • Won trial defending investment bank against claim that it owed a multimillion dollar fee
  • Obtained a $2.3 million trial verdict/recovery in bankruptcy court for a large energy construction contractor against landfill project and private equity group
  • Represents/represented NFL quarterback, Division I college football coach, celebrity chef, titans of energy, financial industries, and many Fortune 100 companies
  • Negotiated settlements related to several high profile clients and high dollar disputes, including recent business and employment suits
Employment Litigation
  • Won recent take-nothing defense for large company in state court jury trial, where race discrimination claims alleged
  • Won take-nothing defense verdict for large international company in federal jury trial, where FMLA and civil rights claims alleged
  • Defended large retailer in age and FMLA claims
  • Defended large executive search firm in FLSA claims
  • Tried and defended large equipment seller in sexual harassment and intentional infliction claims
  • Defended large retailer in ADA suit
  • Defended food manufacturer in age, national origin and gender discrimination claims
  • Represented woman in trying age discrimination and intentional infliction matter that resulted in large jury verdict
  • Represented companies in negotiations and litigation involving former executives and other employees in employment contract and related disputes
  • Represented former executives and consultants on employment agreements and related employment and tort claims
  • Represented clients and tried numerous non-competition and non-solicitation matters and theft of trade secrets matters including important trade secrets case: Hennessey v. TNT Motorsports, et al.
Energy Litigation
  • Represented large FORTUNE 100 oilfield services company in cases involving largest well blowout on land in U.S.
  • Represented large FORTUNE 100 oilfield services company in cases involving deaths from oilfield blowouts in Texas
  • Handled disputes involving ownership of large offshore wells, and other partnership disputes
  • Handles cases for large retail electricity providers
  • Handles environmental contamination cases for FORTUNE 500 energy company
  • Handles well blowouts and other oilfield cases for large oilfield services company
Intellectual Property
  • Handled and tried numerous trade secret disputes
  • Handled patent, copyright, trademark and trade dress matters
  • Earned Texas Lawyer’s “Best Mentor” award, an honor bestowed on only two attorneys statewide each year, 2018
  • Received the “Pro Bono Appreciation” award by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas for dedicating time, innovation and leadership to pro bono legal services for many years, 2018
  • Received special recognition from Texas Lawyers Assistance Program in Austin for extraordinary contributions to helping lawyer wellness, 2018
  • Received “Best Series of General/Feature Articles” from the State Bar of Texas for the article, “Removing the Stigma of Mental Illness in the Legal Profession” in DBA Headnotes, 2018
  • First male recipient of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association’s prestigious Louise B. Raggio Award, 2015
  • Recipient, “Award of Excellence” by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, an award given annually to a fellow of the DAYL Foundation who has made a positive impact in the Dallas community, 2017
  • Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Commercial Litigation by U.S. News & World Report, 2011-2019
  • Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Labor & Employment Litigation by U.S. News & World Report, 2014-2019
  • Selected as a "Best Lawyer in America" in the area of Real Estate Litigation by U.S. News & World Report, 2014-2019
  • Selected as a Benchmark Litigation Star in 2017-2018
  • Selected as a "Best Lawyer in Dallas" in the area of Business Litigation by D Magazine, 2008-2018
  • Selected as "Texas Super Lawyer" by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazines, 2003-2018
  • Selected as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in Texas” by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazines, 2005, 2006, 2008-2018
  • TYLA Outstanding Mentor Award, 2014
  • DAYL Outstanding Mentor Award, 2014
  • Jo Anna Moreland Outstanding DBA Committee Chair Award, 2009
  • Lois Bacon Special Services Award (Pro Bono work), 2013
  • Selected as a BTI Client Service All-Stars, 2012
  • Selected as one of the “Top 15 Business Defenders" in Dallas by Dallas Business Journal, 2006
  • Selected as one of Texas' Best Lawyers, Dallas Edition by ALM, 2011
  • Voted one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” in D Magazine, 2002 and 2004
  • Recipient, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for Dallas by DAYL, 2001
  • Recipient, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for Texas by TYLA, 2001
  • Outstanding Director, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers,1994 and 1995
  • Recipient, TYLA President's Award of Merit, 1999 and 2000
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Men’s Advocacy Group (MAG), Board Member
  • American Bar Association, Business Tort Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section
  • William ‘Mac’ Taylor Inn of Court, Master, 2007 to Present
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, 2001 to 2005
  • Co-Chair, 30th Annual Luncheon, Dallas Women's Foundation, 2015
  • Director and Executive Committee Member, South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • 2018 - President
    • 2016 - First Vice President of Board
    • 2015 - Second Vice President of Board 
    • 2014 - Chair of Board 
    • 2014-2015 - Elected (Fourth Term)
    • 2012-2013 - Elected (Third Term) 
    • 2010-2011 - Elected (Second Term) 
    • 2005-2006 - Elected (First Term) 
    • Chair, Morris Harrell Professionalism Committee, 2016
    • Chair, Trial Skills Section, 2014
    • Chair, Judiciary Committee, 2012 
    • Co-Chair, Mentoring Committee, 2010
    • Co-Chair, Peer Assistance Committee, 2009
    • Chair, Finance Committee, 2006
    • Chair, Bylaws Committee, 2006
    • Chair, Justice in Education Symposium, 2006
    • Chair, Law Day Committee, 2004
    • Co-Chair, Law in the Schools Committee, 2003
  • Other Bar Activities
    • President, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 1999
    • Director, Texas Young Lawyers Association, 1997-2000
    • Board Member, 50-year Anniversary Initiative for Brown v. Board of Education
    • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation, 1998 to Present
    • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
    • Founding Life Fellow, DAYL Foundation
    • Chair, DAYL Professionalism and Mentoring Committee, 2001-2007
  • DBA Pro Bono
    • President, Community Service Board, 2016
    • Chair, Equal Access to Justice Campaign, 2013 (Record funds raised for pro bono legal services)
    • Community Service Fund Board
    • Consumer Law Mentor
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D.
    •  Lead Articles Editor, South Texas Law Review, 1990
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1987


  • Men in the Mix: A New Research Initiative; Moving the Needle on Gender Equality, 2019
  • Trial Techniques, 2017
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Damages, 2016
  • The Imperative of Attorney Gender Diversity,  2015
  • How and Why to Find a Mentor, 2014
  • Taking an Effective Deposition of a Corporate Representative in a Business Case, 2011
  • Voir Dire Basics, 2011


Contact Information

2100 Ross Avenue, Suite 2700
Dallas, Texas 75201
T 214.981.3838
F 214.981.3839