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Michael F. Pezzulli

Michael F. Pezzulli

Trust the tough trial lawyer known for record-setting verdicts to fight for you.
  • Divorce, Family Law, Domestic Violence...
  • California, Texas, Texas, West Virginia
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Legal Analysis
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Communication Skills
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Ethics and Professionalism
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Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
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.
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Summary

Michael F. Pezzulli is a seasoned attorney with the experience and track record clients trust. He is a powerful advocate in court for clients facing high-conflict divorce, complex asset division, and every kind of civil trial matter. Pezzulli leverages deep knowledge of the law and decades of experience with judges and courts across Texas to fight for his clients. His passion for taking a strong case to court for a jury to decide, when settling would yield a fraction of its potential, has produced highly favorable results for many.

Pezzulli understands the emotional and financial toll of taking legal action against family, employers, or trusted institutions. When clients choose mediation, Pezzulli designs efficient, creative solutions that protect your financial assets and minimize conflict. In a private consultation, Michael Pezzulli will consider the details of your case and provide a realistic assessment of potential outcomes to help you decide your next steps.

Michael Pezzulli is a gifted storyteller, highly-rated keynote speaker and mentor. Michael Pezzull's integrity has earned the respect of peers and judges. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Practice areas:
• Family Law, Custody, Child Support, Adoption, Protective Orders
• Collaborative Divorce and Alternative Dispute Resolution
• Commercial Disputes
• Catastrophic Personal Injury, 18-Wheeler Accidents
• Domestic Violence
• Institutional Sexual Abuse
• Real Estate Litigation
• Banking, Mortgage, and Securities Fraud
• Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)

Education:
J.D. 1976 - West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
B.A. 1973 - West Virginia University, Magna Cum Laude

Selected Honors:
Best Law Firms, 2019 - U.S. News & World Report (Texas - Civil Litigation)
Highest Rating, Legal Ability & Ethics, 2019 - Martindale-Hubbell
Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2013, 2014 - National Trial Lawyers

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Legal Malpractice
Additional Practice Areas
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Divorce and Family Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Texas
Texas
West Virginia
4th Circuit
5th Circuit
Federal Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Law Office of Michael F. Pezzulli
- Current
Associate
Kelsoe & Ayres
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Associate
Hughes, Luce, Hennessy, Smith and Castle (now K&L Gates)
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Law Clerk
Hon. John A. Field, Jr., Senior U.S. Circuit Judge, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
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Education
West Virginia University College of Law
J.D. (1976) | Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
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Honors: Graduating Senior Contributing Most to Overall Legal Scholarship
Activities: Law Review - published 3 articles Moot Court Team
West Virginia University
B.S. (1973) | Political Science, Psychology minor
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Honors: Magna Cum Laude Debate Scholarship, 4 years
Activities: Debate Team, first seed, 4 years Political Science Honorary, President
Awards
AV Pre-eminent Lawyer
Martindale-Hubbell
SuperLawyer
Thomson-Reuters
Best Law Firms in America
U.S. News & World Report
Top 100 Lawyers
National Trial Lawyers
Professional Associations
State Bar of Texas, Legal Board of Specialization
Examiner
Current
Activities: Served as examiner for 12 years, writing and grading examinations for attorneys seeking to become certified in Civil Trial Law
Texas State Bar # 15881900
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
"Advanced Creditor's Rights Course Deficiency Suits", Advanced Creditors' Rights Course
State Bar of Texas, Vol. 2.
Debtor's and Creditor's Rights Attachment and Garnishment Constitutional Parameters of Prejudgment Remedies
West Virginia Law Review, Vol. 78, Number 1
Attorney-Client Privilege in Civil Litigation, Protecting and Defending Confidentiality (Fourth Edition)
American Bar Association
Attorney-Client Privilege in Civil Litigation, Protecting and Defending Confidentiality (Third Edition)
American Bar Association
Crimes, Criminals, and Civil Litigators or Will the Real Defendant Please Stand Up?
Dealing with Regulatory and Criminal Fall Out
Technique and Strategies for Representing Client in Civil Rico Action
7th Annual Advanced Civil Litigation Institute, South Texas College of Law
Loans, Collateral & Repossession
Comprehensive Consumer Law Seminar, Houston TX
Criminal Law and Civil Litigators: A Review of Three Little Known Federal Statutes and Their Potential Application to Attorneys
Litigation Update 1992, San Antonio
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
Foreclosure Documents Lien Documents; Notices; Sale Documents; Deficiency Suits
Collections: Drafting Documents for a Collections Practice
Tactical Use of Discovery and Claims of Privilege as a Sword and a Shield
State Bar of Texas, Professional Development Program
Suits and Estates: Commercial Defenses
5th Annual Creditors' Right Course
"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
A Defense Perspective Interview with Michael F. Pezzulli
RICO Drug Enforcement Newsletter
Defenses to Deceptive Trade Practice Claims; Advanced DTPA Consumer Law CourseDefenses to Deceptive Trade Practice Claims; Advanced DTPA Consumer Law Course
State Bar of Texas
New Approaches to Presenting Evidence in Commercial Litigation
Emerging Trends in Texas Evidence: Federal and State Developments
Direct and Cross-Examination of a Psychologist in a Psychological Injury Case
Southern Methodist University Products Liability Institute
Selection of Testifying and Consulting Experts The Importance of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b) (4);
Southern Methodist University Products Liability Institute
A Practical Guide to Presenting and Defending Spoliation of Evidence Case
ABA Annual Meeting, Tort & Insurance Section, Toronto, Canada
The Court's Charge in DTPA Cases
Consumer Law Seminar
Introduction and Use of Experiments and Other Forms of Demonstrative Evidence Including Computer Generated Evidence
Southern Methodist University Products Liability Institute
Real Estate Foreclosure Litigation and its Bankruptcy
Advanced Civil Trial Course Litigation, Vol. 1
Speaking Engagements
Pretrial and Trial Publicity Ethics, Practicality and Ambiguity; "Learning from the Masters"
Dallas Bar Association
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
Three Little-Known Federal Statutes and Parallel Prosecution in Criminal Law and Civil Litigators, Plano, Texas
Collin County Bar Association, Civil Litigation/Appellate Section
An Ill Wind Blows Into Town?: U.S. Supreme Court Rules That State Courts Have Concurrent Jurisdiction Over Rico Claims, Business Litigation Seminar
Dallas Bar Association
The Court's Charge in DTPA Cases, Consumer Law Seminar
Certifications
Civil Trial Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
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Contact & Map
Law Office of Michael F. Pezzulli
880 Country Club Road
Fairview, TX 75069
USA
Toll-Free: (972) 713-1300
Cell: (469) 223-1000