Powell, Michael V.

Michael V. Powell

Of Counsel
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Mike Powell has decades of experience as a trial and appellate lawyer. He works on a variety of matters, including oil and gas and water law controversies, products liability cases, and other types of complex contract and tort litigation. He has briefed and argued appeals in several U.S. Courts of Appeals, several state supreme courts and intermediate state courts. Mike is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and teaches as an adjunct professor at SMU Dedman School of Law.

Mike Powell has decades of experience as a trial and appellate lawyer. He works on a variety of matters, including oil and gas and water law controversies, products liability cases, and other types of complex contract and tort litigation. He has briefed and argued appeals in several U.S. Courts of Appeals, several state supreme courts and intermediate state courts. Mike is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and teaches as an adjunct professor at SMU Dedman School of Law.

Mike's experience includes the representation of:

  • Texas cities in matters regarding groundwater regulation and surface water contracts
  • A medical device manufacturer in multidistrict product liability litigation
  • Several oil and gas producers in royalty owner disputes, including class action royalty litigation as well as other trial and appellate matters
  • A major airline in airport access litigation, Airline Deregulation Act litigation, and other trial and appellate matters
  • An aircraft manufacturer in product liability and other litigation
  • A national accounting firm in litigation and appellate matters
Reported Decisions
  • City of Conroe v. San Jacinto River Authority, 602 S.W.3d 444 (Tex. 2020)
  • Commissioner of the General Land Office v. SandRidge Energy, Inc., 454 S.W.3d 603 (Tex. App—El Paso 2014, pet. denied)
  • Ross v. AMR Corp., 491 B.R. 372 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2013)
  • Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Yarbrough, 405 S.W.3d 70 (Tex. 2013)
  • Weingarten Realty Investors v. Miller, 661 F.3d 904 (5th Cir. 2011)
  • DiFiore v. American Airlines, 646 F.3d 81 (1st Cir.), cert. denied, 132 S.Ct. 761 (2011)
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. v. American Eurocopter, 729 F.Supp.2d 789 (N. D. Tex. 2010)
  • Dickson v. American Airlines, Inc., 685 F.Supp. 2d 623 (N. D. Tex. 2010)
  • Dore Energy v. Prospective Investment & Trading Co., 570 F.3d 219 (5th Cir. 2009)
  • Little v. KPMG LLP, 575 F.3d 533 (5th Cir. 2009)
  • Bowden v. Phillips Petroleum Co.,247 S.W.3d 690 (Tex. 2008)
  • Cerquiera v. American Airlines, 520 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2008)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Abbott, 495 F.3d 151 (5th Cir. 2007)
  • Terrebonne Parish School Bd. v. Castex Energy, Inc., 893 So.2d 789 (La. 2005)
  • Will-Drill Resources, Inc. v. Samson Resources Co., 325 F.3d 211 (5th Cir. 2003)
  • Casas v. American Airlines, Inc., 304 F.3d 517 (5th Cir. 2002)
  • Ford Motor Co. v. Texas Dept. of Transportation, 264 F.3d 493 (5th Cir. 2001)
  • American Airlines, Inc. v. Department of Transportation, 202 F.3d 788 (5th Cir. 2000)
  • In re Continental Airlines, Inc., 988 S.W.3d 733 (Tex. 1998)
  • Simmons Airlines v. LaGrotte, 50 S.W.3d 748 (Tex. App.--Dallas 2001, pet. denied)
  • Brainard v. State of Texas, 12 S.W.3d 6 (Tex. 1999)
  • Stryker v. Phillips Petroleum Company, 723 So.2d 585 (Ala. 1998)
  • Mitchell Energy Corp. v. Samson Resources Co., 80 F.3d 976 (5th Cir. 1996)
  • Samson Investment Co. v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 1998-271 (1998)
  • Dana Corp. v. The LTV Corp., 668 A.2d 752 (Del. Ch. 1995)
  • Maxus Exploration Co. v. Moran Bros., 817 S.W.2d 50 (Tex. 1991)
  • Aerospatiale Helicopter Corp. v. Universal Health Services, 778 S.W.2d 492 (Tex. App. -- Dallas 1989)
  • Wessley Energy Corp. v. Jennings, 736 S.W.2d 624 (Tex. 1987)
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CREDENTIALS
Education
  • J.D., with high honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1974
  • M.A., Public Administration, The University of Texas at Austin, 1972
  • A.B., Davidson College, 1968
Bar Admissions
  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Board Certifications
    • Civil Appellate Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Professional Affiliations
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Awards & Recognitions
    • Recognized, Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial (2006-2021) and Litigation: Energy & Natural Resources (2013-2019) in Texas
    • Named, The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation and Appellate Law (2013-2021)
    • Named, Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation (2010)
    • Named, Texas Super Lawyers®, Civil Litigation (2003-2020)
Professional History
    • Partner, Locke Lord LLP
    • Law Clerk, Honorable Walter Ely, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1974-1975)
    • Active Duty, United States Army, 1970-1972