Micah is the Managing Partner of the firm’s Dallas office. He was born in Longview, Texas, where he lived until his adolescent years, and where most of his family lives today. Micah attended grade school in the small town of Llano, Texas, where his mother was a Spanish teacher and high school debate coach. When you grow up in a small town, you are taught to work hard, value your family and community, help those in need, and to always rely on your instincts. Micah carries these values with him through his life.
At a young age, Micah began achieving immense success in the Courtroom. Prior to his 40th birthday, Micah served as lead trial counsel in over 1,000 federal and state court matters. In his mid-30’s, Micah became a member of the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to attorneys whose hard work and advocacy resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts and/or settlements for their clients. Micah began achieving this level of results in the early years of his career and has done so every year thereafter. Presently, fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members of the forum.
Micah was also named in the Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars® list by Thomson Reuters Legal in 2010 and 2012-2018, as well as Texas Super Lawyers® in 2019 and 2020. In addition, Micah was chosen by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 plaintiff lawyers in America.
In 2014, Micah was awarded the Fraud “verdict of the year” for his role as lead trial counsel in the Royce Homes litigation, which resulted in a return to creditors of millions of dollars in fraudulently taken assets of the Debtor. In addition, Micah served as class counsel in Diebold v. Northern Trust Investments, N.A., where the court approved a settlement of $36 million to the class. Micah has also served as lead counsel in countless other matters resulting in verdicts or settlements which paid his clients tens of millions of dollars.
Today, Micah maintains a large docket of civil litigation throughout the United States. Micah’s litigation docket includes catastrophic personal injury, Breach of Contract, Business Torts, Fraudulent Transfer, Copyright Infringement, Financial Fraud, Insurance Policy Interpretation, Personal Injury, Products Liability, and Securities Class Actions.
When he is not working, Micah enjoys spending time with his friends and family, competing in BBQ Cook-offs with his team the “BBQ Barristers” and his barbeque pit, which he named “Eleanor”. Micah is also quite entrepreneurial and owns non legal businesses, include a lending company in North Texas, an oil and gas related business in Ohio, and a credit card payment business in Dallas. Micah and his wife are dog lovers and donate time and money to helping rescue and treat animals in need.
- J.D., South Texas College of Law, 2005
- B.A., Texas A&M University, 2001
- Texas, 2006
- Oklahoma, 2015
- Arkansas, 2020
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
- Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2020
- Super Lawyers Texas (a Thomson Reuters service), 2019-2020
- Best Lawyers in Texas, The Wall Street Journal, June 2020
- Super Lawyers Rising Star in Texas (a Thomson Reuters service), 2010, 2012-2018
- Top 100 by The National Trial Lawyers, 2018
- The Top Trial Lawyers In America® Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
- Adelmira Chavez et al v. Atmos Energy Corporation et al, No. 92375- Ellis County 40th State District Court, 2015. Representation of the Victims of the 2015 Natural Gas Explosion in Waxahachie Texas
- In 2014, Micah was awarded the Fraud “verdict of the year” for his role as lead trial counsel in C.A. No. 4:11-cv-3700; Rodney Tow vs. John H. Speer, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, which resulted in a return to creditors of millions of dollars in fraudulently taken assets of the Debtor.
- Micah served as class counsel in the ERISA class action Diebold, et al. v. Northern Trust Investments, N.A. et al., 09-Civ-1934 (Diebold), in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois where the Court approved a collective settlement of $36 million dollars for class representatives resulting in millions of dollars returned to investors.
- Micah served as Special Litigation counsel for the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee in the multi-billion dollar bankruptcy of ATP Oil & Gas Corp., U.S.. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, No. 12-36187 wherein Micah was lead counsel in a multitude of litigation resulting in millions of dollars returned to creditors of the oil and gas company
- Micah served as lead counsel for the family of Roy Aguilar who was tragically killed on October 11, 2011 at the Texas Instruments Plant in Dallas Texas. Micah filed suit against the employer of Mr. Aguilar and manufacturer of the product involved in the death. Ultimately, the case was resolved and the family able to comfortably grieve for their patriarch.
- Micah served as lead counsel for the family of Kook Oh who was killed by an 18-wheeler in Alvarado, Texas. Mr. Dortch sued the driver of the 18-wheeler and his employer. Following a week-long jury trial, Micah’s client received a verdict awarding over one million dollars in damages and a finding of punitive liability on the part of each of the defendants. In addition, the jury found gross negligence on the part of the defendants. Ultimately, the case resolved without the family having to undergo the second half of the trial.
- Should Jerry Be Worried?, July 2018, Texas Lawyer