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Michael F. Pezzulli

Michael's Resume

Michael Pezzulli is known as the attorney to retain if your case needs to be tried to a verdict.

Michael Pezzulli was recruited to Texas by a top Dallas law firm while he was still clerking for the Honorable John A. Field, Jr., Senior Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit following law school. He opened his own litigation firm in 1980 to serve clients in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and across Texas.

Michael has represented defendants and plaintiffs in hundreds of civil cases in State and Federal Courts across the United States. He is an effective negotiator and qualified mediator in the state of Texas.

In a career spanning over 40 years, Pezzulli has been a fierce advocate for clients across the spectrum. From national corporations with millions at stake, to child victims of sexual assault by a religious leader they trusted, Pezzulli is relentless in pursuing justice for every client. In 2016, he tried a shocking domestic violence case where his client was badly injured. The jury returned a verdict against the defendant for $40,615,000 which was the 44th highest jury verdict in the United States for 2016.1

Board Certified in Civil Trial Law

Fewer than 1% Texas attorneys have met the stringent requirements for board certification in Civil Trial Law, which include character screening, intense coursework, passing a rigorous exam, and re-certifying every 5 years. Michael Pezzulli has not only been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law since 1986, he has also served as a Texas Board of Legal Specialization Examiner for lawyers seeking to become Board Certified in Civil Trial Law.

Speaking and Publications

Michael Pezzulli is a dynamic communicator and frequent speaker for the State Bar of Texas, SMU Products Liability Institute, and other organizations. He recently presented “Criminal Law and Civil Litigators: Parallel Prosecution, the Fifth Amendment and a Review of Three Little Known Federal Statutes,” in a live CLE webinar for the State Bar of Texas. He has co-authored several editions of the American Bar Association practice manual, “The Attorney Client Privilege in Civil Litigation.”

Selected Distinctions

Michael Pezzulli has been honored with numerous awards in a career spanning more than 40 years. He has been named

  • a Texas Super Lawyer for 15 years;
  • a U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers and Best Law Firms for multiple years;
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers;
  • one of the Texas Monthly Top Attorneys in Texas;
  • by the Dallas Morning News Top Rated Lawyers;
  • 2014 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers;
  • one of the Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers in America;
  • a Best Attorney in Texas by Best Lawyers;
  • a Martindale-Hubble Top Rated Lawyer in Texas for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • and a 30-year AV Preeminent Attorney with the Highest Possible Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards by LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell.
Education

Juris Doctorate, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV - 1976

  • Distinguished as the Graduating Senior Contributing Most to Overall Legal Scholarship
  • Law Review - authored three articles
  • Moot Court Team

Bachelor of Science, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV - 1973 (magna cum laude)

  • President, Political Science Honorary
  • Debate Scholarship Recipient - four years
  • First Seed Debate Team - four years
Civic Involvement

Michael was a Major in the Civil Air Patrol and served as Squadron Commander for three years. He served on the Town Council of Fairview for eight years. The Department of the Army awarded him Honorary Green Beret in 2013.

Publications and Speeches

Criminal Law and Civil Litigators: Parallel Prosecution, the Fifth Amendment and a Review of Three Little Known Federal Statutes. State Bar of Texas CLE Webinar, Austin, Texas, March 2019.

Attorney-Client Privilege in Civil Litigation, Protecting and Defending Confidentiality (Fourth Edition), Author of Chapter 6, American Bar Association, 2008.

Attorney-Client Privilege in Civil Litigation, Protecting and Defending Confidentiality (Third Edition), Author of Chapter 18, American Bar Association, 2004.

Crimes, Criminals, and Civil Litigators or Will the Real Defendant Please Stand Up?; Dealing with Regulatory and Criminal Fall Out; August 2002; author of chapter 4.

Loans, Collateral & Repossession; Comprehensive Consumer Law Seminar; Houston; August 26-27, 1994.

Pretrial and Trial Publicity Ethics, Practicality and Ambiguity; "Learning from the Masters", Dallas Bar Association; September 10, 1993.

Tactical Use of Discovery and Claims of Privilege as a Sword and a Shield; Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course 1990-1991; State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program.

It's Like Banging Your Head Against A Brick Wall: Representing Troubled Financial Institutions Against The Federal Government; 3rd Annual Advanced DTPA/Consumer Law Course; San Antonio, Texas, May 4-5, 1990.

Criminal Law and Civil Litigators: A Review of Three Little Known Federal Statutes and Their Potential
Application to Attorneys
; Litigation Update 1992; San Antonio, Texas.

The Emerging Damages Issues in Nursing Home and other Geriatric Personal Injury Cases; Southern Methodist University School of Law; Personal Injury and Products Liability Symposium, April 1992.

Foreclosure Documents Lien Documents; Notices; Sale Documents; Deficiency Suits; Collections: Drafting Documents for a Collections Practice; October 1991.

An Ill Wind Blows Into Town?: U.S. Supreme Court Rules That State Courts Have Concurrent Jurisdiction
Over Rico Claims
; Dallas Bar Association Business Litigation Seminar; April 10, 1990.

Suits and Estates: Commercial Defenses; 5th Annual Creditors' Right Course, April 1990.

Defenses to Deceptive Trade Practice Claims; Advanced DTPA Consumer Law Course; May 1989;
State Bar of Texas.

New Approaches to Presenting Evidence in Commercial Litigation; Emerging Trends in Texas Evidence:
Federal and State Developments; March 1989.

Technique and Strategies for Representing Client in Civil Rico Action; 7th Annual Advanced Civil Litigation Institute; South Texas College of Law; 1989.

A Defense Perspective Interview with Michael F. Pezzulli; RICO Drug Enforcement Newsletter; December 1989.

A Practical Guide to Presenting and Defending Spoliation of Evidence Case; July 31, 1988; ABA Annual Meeting/Tort & Insurance Section; Toronto Canada.

Direct and Cross-Examination of a Psychologist in a Psychological Injury Case; Southern Methodist University Products Liability Institute; 1988.

Introduction and Use of Experiments and Other Forms of Demonstrative Evidence Including Computer Generated Evidence; Southern Methodist University Products Liability Institute; Chapter 6, 1987.

Presenter, Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland Trial Advocacy demonstration organized by
The Honorable John McClellan Marshall, March 1996.

Selection of Testifying and Consulting Experts: The Importance of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b) (4); Southern Methodist University Products Liability Institute; Chapter 5; 1988.

The Court's Charge in DTPA Cases; Consumer Law Seminar; February 12, 1988.

Real Estate Foreclosure Litigation and its Bankruptcy Implications; Advanced Civil Trial Course Litigation;
July 1987; Vol. 1.

"We'll Know It When We See It": The Concept Of Good Cause For Failure To Supplement Discovery Responses Under The Texas Rules Of Civil Procedure; State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Discovery Course; 1989

Debtor's and Creditor's Rights Attachment and Garnishment Constitutional Parameters of Prejudgment Remedies; West Virginia Law Review; Vol. 78, Number 1; 1977.

  1. While his client may never recover any money, for her, the jury verdict was validation of her sense of self-worth and gave her the strength to move forward as a victim rights advocate.
What Our Clients are Saying
★★★★★
"My case was complicated. My opponents were very high profile individuals with the ability to hire the best attorneys to defend their egregious actions. Michael Pezzulli did not back down, and my verdict was very favorable. He is a strategist with amazing skills. Most of the time he had them beaten before they ever entered the courtroom!" J. Williamson
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"Michael Pezzulli is as good as it gets. You'll be hard pressed to find a litigator with not just the know-how but the experience in the courtroom to back it up. Ethically, you can be assured he is one who upholds the Texas Lawyer's Creed. And as a mediator who has mediated for Mr. Pezzulli, I know that he comes prepared, prepares the mediator, and most importantly, prepares his client." Barry Wernick
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"My husband and I have known Michael Pezzulli for over 40 years. When representing us we have found him to be very thorough, decisive and, to our benefit, quite intimidating to the opposing attorney when necessary. He has an uncanny way of communicating to members of the jury and I highly recommend him to anyone who needs legal representation." Jan Richey
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