Civil Litigation,Commercial Litigation
Michael V. Fitzpatrick

 About Michael

Michael Fitzpatrick's practice focuses on assisting clients in general civil litigation matters. His wide range of experience includes litigation in the areas of oil and gas, construction, real estate, financial institutions, automobile dealer franchises, professional malpractice, and various other commercial disputes.

Michael is admitted to practice before the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas, all Texas trial and appellate courts, all Commonwealth of Pennsylvania trial and appellate courts, and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.

Experience

  • Case No. 4:13-CV-0656; Whisenhunt Investments, LLC, et al. v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, et al., in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas Western Division (obtained groundbreaking summary judgment in favor of client regarding payment to royalty owners under 1/8 royalty pool statute in Arkansas) (July 28, 2016)
  • Co-counsel in obtaining unanimous jury verdict after three-week trial in favor of oil and gas operator for claims of negligence, gross negligence, and breach of contract relating to drilling of gas well in Parker County, Texas
  • Co-counsel in obtaining seven-figure arbitration award and judgment on behalf of service provider relating to contract dispute with a telecommunications contractor
  • Assist in representation of oil and gas operator in federal, state, and administrative litigation proceedings relating to allegations of groundwater contamination
  • Lead counsel in successfully defending automobile service contract provider in multiple lawsuits relating to warranty and contract disputes

Additional Highlights

  • Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, Barrister
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas Litigation section, Member
  • American Bar Association Litigation section, Member
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a "Rising Star" for Business Litigation (2012-2017), and named in the "Up-and-Coming 100" list for lawyers who ranked top of the list in the Texas Rising Stars review process (2017)

Speaking Engagements

  • Discovery Update and Tips:  Litigation Holds, presented to the State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section (June 5, 2014)
  • What is in the Water? The Rest of the EPA v. Range Resources Story and Why it Matters, co-presented with Andy Sims to the Houston Energy Risk Managers — North Texas (November 11, 2011)
  • What is in the Water? The Rest of the EPA v. Range Resources Story and Why it Matters, presented to the National Association of Lease and Title Analysts (September 28, 2011)
  • The Rest of the Story – the EPA Order Against Range Resources, co-presented with Andy Sims to the Tarrant County Bar Association Energy Law Section (April 7, 2011)

Education

  • Graduate, Texas Tech University School of Law (JD, cum laude, 2002)
    • Case Note/Comment Editor, Texas Tech Law Review, 2001-2002
  • Graduate, St. Mary's University (BBA in corporate finance and risk management, 1999)