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Michael P. Cash
Shareholder, Houston
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 1800
Houston, Texas 77002

Overview

Michael Cash is, first and foremost, a trial lawyer.  Sought after and respected nationally for over 30 years, he helps primarily large corporate clients in high-stakes litigation.  He has tried cases to juries for more than thirty years.  Those cases include, but are not limited to:  

  • Land Contamination Cases
  • Environmental Matters
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Toxic Torts
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Employment Matters

Michael has tried just about every kind of case that goes to a jury.  He has also represented governmental agencies and officials, and has argued before numerous appellate courts throughout the U.S., including the Texas and Louisiana Supreme Courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

"I guess if I had to describe what I do best, I would say that it is being  able to tell compelling stories to 12 people at a time," Mike notes. “Sometimes my job is to take a complicated legal and factual scenario and boil it down to one or two sentences that will catch the jury’s attention.  For example, don’t try breach of contract cases –  try broken promise cases.  That’s because not everyone on my jury will have dealt with the breach of a contract, but every one of them will have experienced a broken promise.  My job is to make my client’s position relatable to 12 strangers."

Relationships with bench and bar are crucial to Michael.  As he describes it, "I believe that it is important to earn and to keep the respect of the plaintiffs’ bar and the judiciary.  I work hard to do that.  In order to gain that respect you have to be professional, honest, candid and respectful.  I think those qualities are too rare in today’s practice.  Practicing with that in mind tends to  set you apart.”

Mike is not only respected by his peers, but has been recognized by them for his outstanding trial work, has been quoted in advocacy textbooks and has taught advocacy skills throughout the U.S. and Canada.  He is a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and has been consistently honored in numerous publications.

Experience

Michael has years of trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States, with particular emphasis in Texas and Louisiana.  Below is a brief summary of a few of the many cases Michael has handled:

  • Major oil companies in multi-billion dollar environmental litigation
  • Energy companies in the mass tort litigation involving alleged releases of toxic substances
  • Businesses facing class action litigation, in a variety of settings  
  • Defended national companies in employment litigation brought by the EEOC and by individual plaintiffs in courts throughout the U.S.
  • Represented various corporate clients as plaintiffs in numerous cases throughout the U.S. in a variety of areas of law including legal malpractice, accounting malpractice, indemnity claims and others, recovering millions of dollars on their behalf
  • Defended energy companies, chemical companies and others in catastrophic injury and death cases
  • Represented individuals as plaintiffs in catastrophic injury and death cases, obtaining millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements
  • Defended a Texas Governor’s Chief of Staff and Press Secretary, from defamation suits
  • Defended a  former Enron director in securities litigation

"When an in-house corporate counsel hires me, a big part of my job is to keep them well-informed.   My job is to be collaborative and focused on solutions…with an early, candid risk assessment and, above all, to make sure that there are no surprises.  We become teammates.”

 

Involvement

Professional

  • American Bar Association – Section of Litigation
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation 
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • American Board of Trial Advocates

Community

  • Michael believes that his support of various community charities and causes is a personal matter, best accomplished quietly.

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America, BL Rankings, LLC, 2010-2016, 2018-2019; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Plaintiffs, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2004-2015, 2017-2018; Civil Litigation Defense, Business Litigation, General Litigation
  • Recognized as one of Houston’s Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, in the area of Commercial Litigation
  • 5.0/5.0 AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

 

 

After Hours

"What do I like to do for fun?  Go to trial!  But other than that, in what little spare time I have, I love to bird hunt, fish, and golf.  But more than anything I love to spend time at the lake with my wife, kids and now grandkids.  God and family keep you grounded.”