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Michael K. Hurst

Lawyer of the Year. Top 100 Lawyers in Texas. Benchmark Litigation Star. Top 15 Business Defenders. One of the Best Lawyers in America. Michael K. Hurst has consistently been recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the country for large and high-stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation—and has won many high-profile verdicts. His extensive courtroom experience includes large claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, and theft of trade secrets. Many of his cases involve partnership disputes, non-compete agreements, fraudulent transfers, and include class-actions across many industries, including private equity, banking and investment banking, oil and gas.

Michael is viewed as an esteemed leader both in and out of the courtroom. He’s Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is a member of the prestigious International Society of Barristers, and served as President of the 11,000+ member Dallas Bar Association in 2018. He was named an Outstanding Mentor by both the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and in 2012, was elected to the prestigious BTI Client Service All-Stars. Michael is also the only male lawyer ever awarded the Louise Raggio Award by the Dallas Women’s Lawyers’ Association.

A patriot to the system, Michael is passionate about preserving the civil jury trial system. He frequently speaks on panels and provides keynotes on trial skills, business litigation topics, and important community issues.

International Society of Barristers
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1987
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D.
    • Lead Articles Editor, South Texas Law Review, 1990
  • 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 $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 (upheld on appeal) | View Opinion
  • 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 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
  • Awarded "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers, 2021
  • 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 "Texas Super Lawyer" by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazines, 2003-2020 and one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in Texas” by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazines, 2005-2006, 2008-2020
  • 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, 2018-2019
  • 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
  • Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Commercial Litigation by U.S. News & World Report, 2011-2021
  • Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Labor & Employment Litigation by U.S. News & World Report, 2014-2021
  • Selected as a "Best Lawyer in America" in the area of Real Estate Litigation by U.S. News & World Report, 2014-2021
  • Selected as a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation, 2017-2021
  • Selected as a "Best Lawyer in Dallas" in the area of Business Litigation by D Magazine, 2008-2020
  • 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, 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, 1995
  • Recipient, TYLA President's Award of Merit, 1999, 2000
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • International Society of Barristers, Member
  • Men’s Advocacy Group (MAG), Board Member
  • New Friends New Life (Anti-Human Trafficking)
  • American Bar Association, Business Tort Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section
  • William ‘Mac’ Taylor Inn of Court, Master, 2007-present
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, 2001-2005
  • Co-Chair Genesis (Domestic Violence Prevention) Annual Luncheon, 2018
  • Co-Chair, 30th Annual Luncheon, Dallas Women's Foundation, 2015
  • Director and Executive Committee Member, South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • President, 2018
    • 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
  • Director, State Bar of Texas, 2019-2020
  • 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-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, (Record funds raised for pro bono legal services, 2013
    • Community Service Fund Board
    • Consumer Law Mentor
  • 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

“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