Michael F. Pezzulli is a Shareholder and leads the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group. A board certified and accomplished trial attorney, he is also a speaker and writer. Michael Pezzulli is well known as the attorney to retain if your case needs to be tried to a verdict.
After having been selected in 1976 to be a Law Clerk to the Honorable John A. Field, Jr., Senior Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Michael Pezzulli was recruited at the conclusion of his clerkship to come to Dallas with one of Dallas’ premiere law firms.
For the last 39 years, Mr. Pezzulli has concentrated on taking to trial virtually any matter that can be tried to a judge or a jury. He has extensive experience in banking litigation, securities litigation, RICO litigation, products liability litigation, prosecution of sexual abuse cases against a number of institutions, and civil rights litigation. Michael is an experienced trial attorney having represented clients in both federal and state courts as well as having represented clients in alternative dispute resolution forums including arbitrations and mediations.
Mr. Pezzulli’s Areas of Concentration are
- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Products Liability Litigation
- Securities Fraud Litigation
- Personal Injury Litigation
- Lender Liability Litigation
- Rico Litigation
Michael has tried cases throughout the United States before both State and Federal Courts.
- Obtained a defense jury verdict on behalf of a national bank in 25MM lender liability claim (Dallas, Texas);
- Obtained largest jury verdict in U.S. history in Child on Child Sexual Abuse case (Dallas, Texas)
- Obtained a defense jury verdict on behalf of a securities defendant in blue sky securities fraud case (Columbia, S.C.);
- Successfully represented a target defendant in bank failure case against the FDIC (Dallas, Texas);
- Successfully represented national mortgage company in a complex bankruptcy adversary proceeding (Tampa, Florida);
- Obtained six of the highest settlements in U.S. history against a religious organization involving sexual abuse claims (Dallas, Texas);
Professional and Personal Highlights
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers (National Trial Lawyers, 2013 & 2014)
- Texas Super Lawyer for the past 13 years (Thompson Reuters, Texas Monthly 2003-2015)
- Best Attorneys in Texas (Best Lawyers 2015)
- Best Lawyer, Best Law Firms; (U.S. News, 2013 & 2014)
- Best Lawyers in America ( Best Lawyers in America 2013 & 2014)
- Lawyer of the Year, 2014 as selected by Peer Recognition, Best Lawyers, September 2013
- AV Preeminent lawyer, highest possible peer review rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, 30 year award, Martindale-Hubble 2013
Board Certified in Civil Trial Law since 1986, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Examiner for the State Bar of Texas, Board of Legal Specialization, Civil Trial Examination for twelve years, writing and grading examinations for attorneys in Texas seeking to become Board Certified in Civil Trial Law.
He has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1986.
He is licensed to practice law in both Texas and West Virginia and is admitted to practice before:
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Fourth Circuits
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
- Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
- Northern District of California
- United States Court of Claims and the United States Tax Court.
1976 – J.D., West Virginia University College of Law
- Awarded distinction of Graduating Senior Contributing Most to Overall Legal Scholarship;
- Law Review (published three articles);
- Moot Court Team
1973 – B.A., Political Science, West Virginia University [Magna Cum Laude]
He and his boys are avid sportsmen, hunting and fishing as the seasons permit.
Mr. Pezzulli was awarded an Honorary Green Beret by the United States Department of the Army on February 15, 2013.
He also served on the Town Council of Fairview from 2002-2008.
From 2010 -2013 Michael served as the Squadron Commander of TX295, Mckinney, Texas. He was awarded a National Commander’s Commendation for his service as Squadron Commander.
Publications and Speeches
Attorney-Client Privilege in Civil Litigation, Protecting and Defending Confidentiality (Fourth Edition), Author of Chapter 6, American Bar Association, 2008.
A Defense Perspective Interview with Michael F. Pezzulli; RICO Drug Enforcement Newsletter; December 1989.
Advanced Creditor’s Rights Course Deficiency Suits; prepared for the “Advanced Creditors’ Rights Course” sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, Vol. 2.
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.
A Practical Guide to Presenting and Defending Spoliation of Evidence Case; July 31, 1988; ABA Annual Meeting/Tort & Insurance Section; Toronto Canada.
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; Chapter 4.
Criminal Law and Civil Litigators: A Review of Three Little Known Federal Statutes and Their Potential Application to Attorneys; Litigation Update 1992; San Antonio.
Debtor’s and Creditor’s Rights Attachment and Garnishment Constitutional Parameters of Prejudgment Remedies; West Virginia Law Review; Vol. 78, Number 1.
Defenses to Deceptive Trade Practice Claims; Advanced DTPA Consumer Law Course; May 1989; State Bar of Texas.
Direct and Cross-Examination of a Psychologist in a Psychological Injury Case; Southern Methodist University Products Liability Institute; 1988.
Foreclosure Documents Lien Documents; Notices; Sale Documents; Deficiency Suits; Collections: Drafting Documents for a Collections Practice; October 1991.
Introduction and Use of Experiments and Other Forms of Demonstrative Evidence Including Computer Generated Evidence; Southern Methodist University Products Liability Institute; Chapter 6, 1987.
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; May 4-5, 1990; San Antonio, Texas.
Loans, Collateral & Repossession; Comprehensive Consumer Law Seminar; Houston; August 26-27, 1994.
New Approaches to Presenting Evidence in Commercial Litigation; Emerging Trends in Texas Evidence: Federal and State Developments; March 1989.
Parallel Prosecution of Civil and Criminal Proceedings
Pretrial and Trial Publicity Ethics, Practicality and Ambiguity; “Learning from the Masters”, Dallas Bar Association; September 10, 1993.
Punching The Tar Baby Ramifications For Failing To Defend Insured’s; Prepared For The State Bar Of Texas; Professional Development Program.
Real Estate Foreclosure Litigation and its Bankruptcy Implications; Advanced Civil Trial Course Litigation; July 1987; Vol. 1.
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.
Suing, Defending And Negotiating With Insurance Companies;
Suits and Estates: Commercial Defenses; 5th Annual Creditors’ Right Course, April 1990.
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.
Technique and Strategies for Representing Client in Civil Rico Action; 7th Annual Advanced Civil Litigation Institute; South Texas College of Law; 1989.
The Court’s Charge in DTPA Cases; Consumer Law Seminar; February 12, 1988.
The Emerging Damages Issues in Nursing Home and other Geriatric Personal Injury Cases; April 1992; Southern Methodist University School of Law; Personal Injury and Products Liability Symposium.
The Self-Defense Exception To The Attorney’s Ethical Obligation To Maintain Client Confidences.
UCC and Real Property Foreclosures, Practice Skills Course; Professional Development Program; State Bar of Texas.
“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.
Presenter, Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland Trial Advocacy demonstration organized by The Honorable John McClellan Marshall, March 1996,