For 35 years Michael has tried cases throughout the State of Texas. He has diverse trial experience, having tried commercial litigation cases (including, breach of contract, unfair competition, fraud, suits to protect limited partners), employment litigation (race discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, First Amendment Retaliation Act, Whistleblower claims) and serious personal injury claims. He has also represented and sued governmental entities. Michael has tried jury cases to verdict in more than 15 counties in all parts of the state. Because of his extensive trial experience Michael was invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocacy, an exclusive group of experienced trial attorneys and he is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law.
Recognizing the cost of going to trial (in both fees and other client resources) and that most cases settle, Michael advises client pre-suit to help avoid claims as well as working to determining whether a suit can be resolved early to hold down client fees and employee time.
- Obtained a summary judgment in federal court in Dallas on behalf of a news organization in a case where the plaintiff, a former employee, made claims for discrimination based on race and national origin under Title VII, violation of the Family Medical Leave Act, breach of contract and defamation.
- Obtained jury verdict in favor of employer on claims of race discrimination and retaliation.
- Represented court appointed receiver of foreign currency trading company in which over 600 investors lost more than $30 million Served as lead counsel in various suits that resulted in total recoveries of over $33 million dollars.
- Represented receiver and obtained $8.5 million settlement from a national law firm for benefit of defrauded investors.
- Successfully defended county orders regarding regulation of sexually oriented businesses.
- Defended AISD in challenge to its assignment of top 10% designation in magnet school senior class.
- Successful representation of the National Newspaper Association in defending the constitutionality of electronic publishing provisions of the 1996 Federal Telecommunications Act.
- Successfully challenged legality of city of Dallas franchise ordinance.
- Obtained and defended on appeal multi-million dollar judgment based on common law fraud and usury.
- Successful representation of participating bank securing judgment that loan participation agreement transferred ownership interest in load and collateral to participating banks and participant held an undivided ownership interesting in foreclosed collateral.
- Obtained temporary injunction and successfully defended on appeal portions of injunction limiting protests at homebuilders' subdivisions.
- Obtained injunctive relief in cases involving non-compete clauses employment contracts.
News & Publications
- McGinnis Lochridge Attorneys Secure Client a Favorable Award, Expected to Net in Excess of $15 MillionFebruary 10, 2021
- April 14, 2020
- August 14, 2019
- July 8, 2019
- April 30, 2019
- April 17, 2017
- February 24, 2017
- Partner Michael Shaunessy explains to KXAN how sovereign immunity protects governmental entities in the State of Texas.August 8, 2016
- June 30, 2015
- October 3, 2013
- Co-Author, The Lion’s Share: Federal Law, State Sovereign Immunity, and Intellectual Property, Advanced Intellectual Property Litigation CLE, State Bar of Texas, July 2021
- Author, Statutory Deadlines for Bringing Claims are Jurisdictional and can be Challenged by a Plea to the Jurisdiction, State Bar of Texas Government Law Section Library
- Co-Presenter, Sovereign Immunity and Intellectual Property, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas
- Presenter, Why and How to Give Effective Evaluations, Employment Law Initiatives — Now and Looking Ahead, McGinnis Lochridge, Austin, Texas
- Author, Sovereign Immunity and Waiver of Immunity Under Texas Tort Claims Act, Baylor Law Review
- Presenter, Texas Tort Claims Act – Basics, McAllen Roadshow, Texas Young Lawyers Association Government Law Section, McAllen, Texas
- Author, Sovereign Immunity and Waiver of Immunity Under Texas Tort Claims Act, State Bar Advanced Government Law CLE
- Speaker, Texas Tort Claim Act, Texas Bar Association’s Government Law Section Group El Paso Roadshow, El Paso, Texas
- Presenter, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: A Litigator's Guide to the Latest Developments in Sovereign Immunity, Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference, UT Law CLE
- Author, Invoking Sovereign Immunity to Protect Public University Athletic Departments and Administrators, Tex. Rev. of Entertainment and Sports Law, Vol.
- Author, Sovereign Immunity, Baylor Law Review, Vol. 53
- Presenter, Summary Judgment Practice, Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Seminar, State Bar of Texas
- Presenter, Liability Under the Tort Claims Act, Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Seminar, State Bar of Texas
- Presenter, Sovereign Immunity, Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Seminar, State Bar of Texas
Honors & Recognition
- Member American Board of Trial Advocacy
- Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Community & Professional
- Austin Bar Association
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- Center for Child Protection (Board of Directors 2003 to present), Executive Committee and Board Secretary 2005-2006, Fund Development Chair 2006)
- Women's Advocacy Project (Board of Directors 1994-1998)
- St. John Neumann Capital Campaign Committee
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 1987
The University of Texas, B.A., 1984
- Supreme Court of the United States of America
- United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth District
- United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas