T. Michael Wall

Partner

Overview

Mike Wall is a partner and leading trial lawyer, handling high-stakes litigation throughout the United States, most often for clients headquartered in Houston and in the chemical, pipeline, oilfield services, manufacturing, and energy sectors. He also has considerable appellate experience. In addition, Mike frequently assists large and mid-sized manufacturing, telecommunications, real estate, computer/software, financial services, asset recovery and legal services entities, with complex disputes involving contracts, ownership, shareholder, partnership and management claims, and catastrophic injuries and claims for wrongful death. Clients have also hired Mike for litigation relating to financial losses, property damage, construction, environmental, toxic tort, insurance coverage and patent infringement.

He has represented clients in many large, multiparty cases requiring a high degree of management and coordination. Clients value Mike’s 39 years of litigation practice, project management skills, and efficient, cost-effective and collaborative style of experience.

Some of his clients – including some that are publicly traded – have relied on him for years, trusting his ability to get the best outcome achievable while limiting exposure and maximizing benefit. Clients also like Mike’s steadfast courtroom demeanor and his candor as a counselor who will talk them out of a lawsuit when he feels doing so is in their best interest.

In addition to his trial practice, Mike is a former leader of a Chemical and Refining Industry Team and is a former leader of one of Gardere’s litigation teams. He also taught trial tactics for 17 years through programs sponsored by the University of Houston Law Center.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Litigation Section
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (2003-present)
    • Fellow (1991-2002)
  • Former Master, A. A. White American Inn of Court (1998-2003)

Community Involvement

  • Civic Affairs
    • Gardere Liaison, Association of Corporate Counsel (Houston Chapter)
    • Pro Bono Counsel, Normangee Volunteer Fire Department (2011-present)
    • President and Director, Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 194 (inactive)
    • Former Director, Bernard Aptaker Foundation (2002-2006)
    • Former Director, Texas Historical Foundation (2001-2005)
  • Military
    • Former Medic, Texas National Guard and Army Reserves (1972-1978)

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers® in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.)
    • Commercial Litigation (2016-2018)
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Recipient, Thomas Award, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (distinguished service award)
  • Recognized, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine 
    • Business Litigation (2003, 2012, 2017)
  • Recognized, Houston’s Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine
    • Commercial Litigation (2007-2012)

Education

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, (1978)
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, (1975), with honors
    • Psychology

Admissions

  • Texas (1978)
  • Texas State Courts (1978)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2004)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Fifth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1990)

Representative Matters

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Gardere defended an Assistant District Attorney in her individual capacity against claims that she tortuously interfered with a contract and retaliated against a contract employee of Harris County, Texas, government. The trial court dismissed the claims
Litigated multimillion dollar patent infringement and trade secret cases, on both plaintiff and defense sides, for publically traded companies in the software, telecommunications, and banking sectors
Represented oil and gas services company against harassment and discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in federal court