Partner since 1990
Michael Truncale has defended numerous clients in state courts
throughout Texas and in the federal
courts in the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas. He handles
cases involving products liability, premises liability, toxic tort,
health care liability, governmental liability, transportation, mass
tort, insurance coverage, environmental litigation, as well as
Michael serves as local counsel in Patent Litigation and other types
of litigation in the Eastern District of Texas.
Michael is also a certified mediator in the Eastern District
of Texas and in all state courts, and he is an arbitrator.
Michael is a Regent for the Texas State University System, which is
the third largest system of higher education in
He also represents Jefferson, Orange, Chambers, Liberty,
Montgomery (The Woodlands), and
on the State Republican Executive Committee.
He serves on the Hutchison-Cornyn Federal Judicial Selection
Michael is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas
Board of Legal Specialization, is A/V rated in Martindale-Hubbell,
and is listed as a “Super Lawyer” in Texas Monthly and was
honored by Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition for being
a “Super Lawyer in Civil Litigation Defense.”
Michael successfully defended Texaco Pipeline Company in litigation
relating to the 1994 fires and floods on the
River that created the largest inland
petroleum spill in
United States history. The
National Law Journal recognized this case as one of the top ten
defense verdicts of 1997.
For several years, he has served as a member of the Standing
Committee of the State Bar of Texas on Pattern Jury Charges –
Malpractice, Premises, and Products Liability. He is a member of the
College of the State Bar, and is a fellow of the Texas Bar
Foundation. He also maintains memberships in the Texas Association
of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and the American
Michael has been selected to become a Fellow of the Litigation
Counsel of America, a trial
lawyer honorary society that includes for Fellowship less than
one-half of one percent of American lawyers.
Fellows are selected based upon effectiveness and
accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate
levels, and superior ethical reputation.
Michael is President of the Michelle Mehaffy Inn of Court, and he is
a recent President of the Jefferson County Bar Association.
He also served as the President of the Jefferson County Young
Lawyers Association, and he was a member of
the Alumni Advisory Council to the Southern Methodist University
School of Law.
Currently, he is Chair of the Local Bar Services Committee of the
State Bar of Texas. He
also served on the Law Focused Education Committee of the Texas
Young Lawyers Association. Finally, Michael is widely recognized for
his leadership and involvement in civic, cultural, and church
organizations in Southeast Texas.
Michael received his law degree from Southern Methodist University
School of Law in 1985, where he was the President of the Student Bar
Association and a Moot Court instructor. He was graduated with high
honors from Lamar University
in 1978 with a degree in economics, where he was elected to Phi
Kappa Phi. He earned a master's degree in Business Administration in
Banking and Finance from the
North Texas in 1980.
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