Email PagePrint to PDF

Michael K. Hurst

 | Partner
214.855.6802 direct
214.855.6808 fax
download v-card
1445 Ross Avenue
Suite 2500
Dallas, TX 75202
Lawyer Image


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 disputes, 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, 2013, and 2014. Michael has been consistently  named one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine for years and was named Outstanding Mentor as well as 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 Client Service All-Stars. 

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 contract disputes, as well as other energy disputes
  • 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 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
  • Served 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
  • Obtained $1 million jury verdict on behalf of injured special needs child attending local school district in federal court
  • Obtained $1.4 million jury verdict on behalf of legacy company in Dallas against international corporation for two counts of fraud
  • Successful defense of $19 billion hedge fund and two of its partners in four week jury trial over alleged breaches of fiduciary duties and contracts
  • Presented and argued appeal that overturned substantial indemnity judgment for large oil and gas contractor: Nabors Drilling U.S.A., L.P. v. Encana Oil & Gas (U.S.A.) Inc. Case No. 2-12-00166-CV (Tex. App.-Fort Worth [2nd Dist.] 2013) 

Employment Litigation

  • Won recent take-nothing defense for large company in state courtjury trial, where race discrimination claims alleged
  • Won 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
  • 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: Hennessey v. TNT Motorsports, et al.

Energy Litigation

  • Handles cases for large retail electricity providers
  • 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, and other partnership disputes

Intellectual Property

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

Video Testimonials

GHJHS_JeffKaye_Testimonial.png  GHJHS_JeffWittenberg_Testimonial.png  GHJHS_NickTurner_Testimonial.png

Professional / Civic Affiliations


  • American Bar Association, Business Tort Section
  • State Bar of Texas (Litigation Section)
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association, Director, 1997 to 2000
  • Mac Taylor Inn of Court, Master, 2007 to Present
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, 2001 to 2005
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • DBA Board Service:
       2015 – Second Vice President of Board
       2014 - DBA Chair of Board
       2014-2015 – Elected (Fourth Term)
       2012-2013 – Elected (Third Term)
       2010-2011 – Elected (Second Term)
       2005-2006 – Elected (First Term)
      o DBA Committees as Chair/Vice-Chair Service:
       Chair, Trial Skills Section, 2014
       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
      o Other DBA Service: Chair, Equal Access to Justice Campaign, 2013
       Record funds raised for pro bono legal services
       Community Service Fund Board 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013
       Co-Chair, Corporate (DVAP Campaign), 2011, 2012
      o 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 TYLA Outstanding Mentor Award
  • 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-Stars for 2012
  • Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Commercial Litigation by U.S. News & World Report, 2011-2015
  • Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Labor & Employment Litigation by U.S. News & World Report, 2014-2015
  • Selected as a "Best Lawyer in Dallas" in the area of Business Litigation by D Magazine, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
  • Selected as a "Best Lawyer in America" in the area of Real Estate Litigation, 2014-2016
  • 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 (2003-2014), and 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 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


Best Lawyers Logo




11.06.15|Texas Jury Awards $60 Million Verdict in Oil & Gas Fraud Case
11.05.15|Eight Firm Attorneys Honored in “Best Lawyers in America”
11.05.15|Gruber Hurst Elrod Named to National List of “Best Law Firms”
11.02.15|Michael Hurst comments in Law360 on Energy Litigation Trends
09.08.15|Twelve Firm Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Texas Super Lawyers Listing
07.24.15|The firm’s Michael Hurst has been named recipient of the 2015 Louise B. Raggio Award by the Dallas Women Lawyer’s Association, marking the first time a man has received the award.
05.21.15|Firm’s Trial Win Recognized as a “Top Verdict” for 2014
05.05.15|Jane and Michael Hurst to Co-Chair Dallas Women's Foundation's 30th Annual Luncheon
04.24.15|Five Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank Partners Featured Among Best Lawyers in Dallas
04.01.15|Two High-Profile Dallas Trial Boutiques Announce Merger
03.26.15|Michael Hurst comments on ex-Texas Tech coach Mike Leach’s lawsuit against ESPN
03.12.15|GHJHS Partner Michael Hurst comments on jury award to Super Bowl Plaiintiffs
02.17.15|Michael Hurst interviewed by Channel 8 News on rise in energy litigation.
01.12.15|Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Attorneys Elected as Legal Leaders in Dallas
09.22.14|Nine Attorneys from Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Recognized in  2014 Texas Super Lawyers Listing
08.19.14|Five Gruber Hurst Attorneys Recognized Among The Best Lawyers in America
06.30.14|Michael Hurst Receives Honor from Texas Association of Young Lawyers
05.28.14|Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Secures Two Top Verdicts for 2013
05.23.14|Class Action Targets TPG-Owned Valerus For Tax Scheme, Law360
05.02.14|Michael Hurst Receives “Outstanding Mentor” award from DAYL
04.29.14|Jury: Honeywell committed fraud against Hunt, Dallas Morning News
04.28.14|Jury: Honeywell Committed Fraud Against Hunt, The Texas Lawbook
04.23.14|Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Partners Featured Among Best Lawyers in Dallas
04.01.14|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



Speeches & Events

02.26.15|Breach of Fiduciary Duty Damages, CLE
05.13.14|14 DBA Business Litigation Section – Pursuing and Defending Trade Secret Claims under the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“TUTSA”)
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



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



On-Demand BrochureClose Dialog Box
Add this page to PDF Brochure
Add Page to Brochure
LawyersHurst, Michael K.
Current Brochure Pages
Download Brochure