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Michael K. Hurst

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mhurst@ghjhlaw.com
214.855.6802 direct
214.855.6808 fax
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1445 Ross Avenue
Suite 2500
Dallas, TX 75202
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Overview

Michael Hurst is a prominent member of the Bar and widely recognized trial lawyer in Texas, particularly in complex commercial, intellectual property and employment litigation. He has extensive courtroom experience and has litigated and tried numerous cases, including breach of contract, fraud, theft of trade secrets, non-compete agreements, partnership disputes, oil and gas, electricity, employment discrimination, tortious interference, and breach of fiduciary duty. Michael is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Michael has also handled oil and gas catastrophic matters, products liability litigation, and class actions.

He has been recognized every year by his peers in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines as a “Super Lawyer,” including being named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Michael has been consistently  named one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine for years and was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer by both the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association. He was also named one of the top 15 Business Defenders by the Dallas Business Journal.  In 2012, Michael was elected to the prestigious BTI Service All-Star. 

Representative Experience

  • Handles a wide variety of business lawsuits, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, business disparagement, deceptive trade practice, breach of warranty, tortious interference, employment issues, bankruptcy preference and fraudulent conveyance, fraud, negligence, oil and gas, construction and real estate disputes
  • Handles and has tried numerous employment disputes, including misappropriation of trade secrets, covenants not to compete and discrimination/ harassment/ retaliation cases
  • Handles oil and gas catastrophic matters and products liability litigation
  • Obtained numerous judgments on behalf of company clients for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, deceptive trade practices, and other causes of action via arbitration, jury trial, bench trial, and summary judgment
  • Lead trial and appellate counsel in prosecution of important trade secret case, published at 965 S.W.2d 19 (Tex. App-Houston [1st Dist.] 1998]
  • Outside litigation and corporate counsel for several small and medium sized companies
  • Provides business and litigation counseling and analysis of corporate policies
  • Obtained $11 million jury verdict on behalf of entrepreneur against a publicly traded high finance company (settled for a lesser sum)
  • Obtained $2.3 million dollar trial verdict/recovery in bankruptcy court for large energy construction contractor against landfill project and private equity group
  • Negotiated settlements related to several high profile and high dollar disputes, including recent business and employment suits
  • Obtained $7.86 million jury verdict on behalf of medical consulting company for breach of contract and tortious interference
  • Serves as Guardian Ad Litem on several large and high profile matters
  • Has handled numerous commercial, intellectual property and employment matters for direct sales companies
  • Won recent take-nothing defense verdict for large international company in federal jury trial
  • Succesful defense of $19 Billion hedge fund and 2 of its partners in 4 week jury trial over alleged breaches of fiduciary duties and contracts

Commercial Litigation

  • Substantial verdict and subsequent settlement after 2 weeks to a jury for a breach of a non-disclosure and confidentiality agreement on behalf of an entrepreneur against a publicly traded financial company and west coast fund managers and venture capitalists
  • Representation of physician practice for breach of a service agreement and conversion against radiology center and physician practice management company after prevailing on a summary jury trial
  • Defense of large retail/wholesale product manufacturer against hotel chain that claimed defective products were defective through multi-week trial
  • Representation of publicly traded food manufacturer/distributor in defending claims and prosecuting counterclaims related to acquisition of subsidiary company
  • Arbitration on behalf of purchaser of steel company against seller of the company related to post-acquisition covenants and seller misrepresentations
  • Trial and settlement on behalf of national equipment distributor against former consultant
  • Breach of contract claim on behalf of a physician practice management company against optometrists
  • Defense of large real estate company on claims that large real estate development idea and plan was stolen
  • Defense of large private equity and financial company on alleged breach of contract and tortious interference related to refusing continuing funding of a start up company
  • Defense of publicly traded software manufacturer and seller against claims of defective product filed by large employment organization
  • Handled numerous partnership and corporate disputes, breakups and dissolutions
  • Argued numerous cases to State and Federal Appeals Courts 

Employment Litigation

  • Won recent take-nothing defense verdict for large international company in federal jury trial, where FMLA and civil rights claims alleged
  • Defended large retailer in age and FMLA claims
  • Defended large executive search firm in FLSA claims
  • Tried and defended large equipment seller in sexual harassment and intentional infliction claims
  • Defended large retailer in ADA suit
  • Defended food manufacturer in age, national origin and gender discrimination claims
  • Represented woman in trying age discrimination and intentional infliction matter that resulted in large jury verdict (on appeal)
  • Represented companies in negotiations and litigation involving former executives and other employees in employment contract and related disputes
  • Represented former executives and consultants on employment agreements and related employment and tort claims
  • Represented clients and tried numerous non-competition and non-solicitation matters and theft of trade secrets matters including important trade secrets case: Hennessy v. TNT Motorsports. et al

Energy Litigation

  • Handles cases for large retail electricity provider
  • Handles environmental contamination cases for FORTUNE 500 energy company
  • Handles well blow-out and other oil field cases for large oil field services company
  • Represented large FORTUNE 100 oilfield services company in cases involving largest well blowout on land in U.S.
  • Represented large FORTUNE 100 oilfield services company in cases involving deaths from oilfield blowouts in Texas
  • Handled disputes involving ownership of large offshore wells

Intellectual Property

  • Handled and tried numerous trade secret disputes
  • Handled some patent, copyright, trademark and trade dress matters

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Professional / Civic Affiliations

Professional

  • American Bar Association, Business Tort Section
  • State Bar of Texas (Litigation Section)
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association, Director, 1997 to 2000
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, 2001 to 2005
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • DBA Board Service:
      2013 - DBA Vice-Chair of Boar
    • 2014 - DBA Chair of Board 1998 – Served on DBA Board as President-Elect of DAYL
      1999 - Served on DBA Board as President of DAYL
      2005-2006 – Elected (First Term)
      2010-2011 – Elected (Second Term)
      2012-2013 – Elected (Third Term)
    • DBA Committees as Chair/Vice-Chair Service:
      Chair, Finance Committee, 2006
      Chair, Judiciary Committee, 2012
      Co-Chair, Law in the Schools Committee, 2003
      Chair, Bylaws Committee, 2006
      Chair, Justice in Education Symposium, 2006
      Co-Chair, Peer Assistance Committee, 2009
      Co-Chair, Mentoring Committee, 2010
      Chair, Law Day Committee, 2004
      Vice-Chair, Bylaws Committee, 2005
      Vice-Chair Law Day Committee, 2003
      Vice-Chair, Mentoring Committee, 2009
      Vice-Chair, Judiciary Committee, 2011
      Co-Vice-Chair, Peer Assistance Committee, 2008
    • Other DBA Service:
    • Chair, Equal Access to Justice Campaign
      • Record funds raised for pro bono legal services
      Community Service Fund Board 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013 
      Vice-Chair (DVAP Campaign) – 2002-2011
      Co-Chair, Corporate (DVAP Campaign) 2011, 2012
    • DBA Awards:
      Board Member, 50-year Anniversary Initiative for Brown v. Board of Education
  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation, 1998 to Present
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 1999 to Present
  • Founding Life Fellow, DAYL Foundation
  • President, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 1999
  • Chair, DAYL Professionalism and Mentoring Committee, 2001-2007
  • Director and Executive Committee Member, South Texas College of Law

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 DAYL Outstanding Mentor Award
  • Jo Anna Moreland Outstanding DBA Committee Chair Award
  • Recipient of the Lois Bacon Special Services Award (Pro Bono work), 2013
  • Selected as a BTI Client Service All-Star for 2012
  • Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Commercial Litigation by U.S. News & World Report, 2011-2014
  • Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Labor & Employment Litigation by U.S. News & World Report, 2014
  • Selected as a "Best Lawyer in Dallas" in the area of Business Litigation by D Magazine, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
  • Selected as a "Best Lawyer in America" in the area of Real Estate Litigation, 2014
  • Selected as one of the top 15 Business Defenders in Dallas by Dallas Business Journal, 2006
  • Selected as Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazine (2003-2013), and 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 as Top 100 Lawyers in Texas
  • Selected as one of Texas' Best Lawyers, Dallas Edition by ALM, 2011
  • Voted One of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” in D Magazine, 2002 and 2004
  • Recipient, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for Dallas by DAYL, 2001
  • Recipient, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for Texas by TYLA, 2001
  • Outstanding Director, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers,1994 and 1995
  • Recipient of TYLA President's Award of Merit, 1999 and 2000
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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News

04.2014|Products Defect Trial Between Ray Hunt and Honeywell to Begin Wednesday, The Texas Lawbook
11.15.13|A Special Case
10.21.13|Michael Hurst honored as Texas Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week”
09.16.13|Eight Attorneys from Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Recognized in 2013 Texas Super Lawyers Listing
08.15.13|Four from Dallas’ Gruber Hurst Named to The Best Lawyers in America for 2014
06.28.13|Historic Columbia Packing Co. Reopens South Dallas Meatpacking Plant
04.25.13|Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Partners Earn D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas Honors
04.20.13|Michael Hurst comments in The Dallas Morning News on possible litigation in West, Texas explosion
04.10.13|Michael Hurst comments on Martha Stewart lawsuit in the Dallas Business Journal
01.16.13|Michael Hurst comments on Miami attorney’s lawsuit against the San Antonio Spurs
11.29.12|Michael Hurst Comments on Hicks, Rangers Settlement
11.08.12|Gruber Hurst Honored Among Top Ranked Law Firms in Texas
09.21.12|Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP Launch Access to Justice
09.17.12|Gruber Hurst Partners Recognized in 2012 Texas Super Lawyers Listing
09.13.12|Michael Hurst Comments on Abuse Lawsuit, Need for Cameras in Special Needs Classrooms
09.07.12|Gruber Hurst Honored Among Top Ranked Law Firms in Texas
08.29.12|Michael Hurst comments on Penney’s, Macy’s Lawsuit
08.10.12|Michael Hurst Named Chair of DBA Equal Access to Justice Campaign
06.12.12|Gruber Hurst Attorneys Earn Unprecedented Recognition
04.19.12|Three Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Partners Featured Among Dallas' Best Lawyers
02.01.12|Michael K. Hurst named BTI Client Service All-Star for 2012
12.01.11|Michael Hurst Comments on $40 Million DISD Technology Contract Controversy
11.01.11|Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Named Among North Texas’ Top Litigation Firms
05.26.11|Three Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Partners Featured Among Dallas Best Lawyers
05.01.11|Dallas Law Firm Changes Name to Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank
04.27.11|Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Wins $7.86 Million Verdict for Prexus Health
03.11.11|Michael Hurst comments on Alternative Fees in Dallas Business Journal
11.12.10|Michael Hurst Comments on The Snoring Center Lawsuit in Dallas Business Journal
10.22.10|Michael Hurst Comments on Stanford Receiver’s Lawsuit in Dallas Business Journal
09.14.10|Gruber Hurst Attorneys Honored in 2010 Texas Super Lawyers List
09.03.10|Michael Hurst Analyzes Landlord-Tenant Dispute in Dallas Business Journal
08.13.10|Three Dallas Litigators Named Among "The Best Lawyers in America"
01.06.10|Dallas Attorney Michael Hurst Re-Elected to South Texas College of Law Board of Directors
09.17.09|Five Gruber Hurst Attorneys Honored in Texas Super Lawyers List
07.01.09|Gruber, Hurst and Shank named to D Magazine's Best Business Lawyers in Dallas 2009
05.11.09|Three Partners Named Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas 2009 by D Magazine
09.17.08|Four GHJH partners named Texas Super Lawyer 2008 (PDF)
05.22.08|Mike Gruber and Michael Hurst named to D Magazine's "2008 Best Lawyers in Dallas" (PDF)
09.19.07|Four GHJH partners named Texas Super Lawyer 2007 (PDF)
06.15.06|The Defenders - Top business-defense lawyers in the D-FW Metroplex
01.03.06|Four Partners from Established Litigation Firms Form High-End Trial Boutique

Publications

Speeches & Events

08.10.12|DBA Trial Skills CLE, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Trial Lawyers
01.26.12|26th Annual Federal Civil Practice Seminar, Northern District Practice Points Every Lawyer Should Know, Presenter
12.02.11|State Bar’s CLE, Handling Your First Jury Trial – Voir Dire Basics, Presenter
10.05.11|DAYL Trial Skills CLE, Direct and Cross Examination of Witnesses, Panelist
04.29.11|DAYL Corporate Counsel CLE, Hot Topics for Corporate Counsel, Moderator
06.15.07| Dallas Bar Association CLE, Damages Claims at Trial, Presenter
01.01.04|“Choosing and Courting a Jury"
01.01.04|“Recent Amendments to the Federal Rule of Evidence”, Presenter
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Practices

Education

South Texas College of Law, J.D.,      Lead Articles Editor, South Texas Law Review, 1990
The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1987

Admitted to Practice

State Bar of Texas, 1990
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas

Years in Practice

24

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