Michael Bernstein

Michael represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation.  He takes pride in working hard to achieve the best and most cost-effective result for his clients.  Michael represents a diverse group of clients ranging from large public companies to regional businesses and local individuals.  Michael’s practice has an emphasis in energy and real estate litigation, but his practice covers many other areas as well.  For example, Michael routinely handles breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and legal malpractice cases.  

Michael joined the firm in 2014 after graduating with highest honors from the University of Texas School of Law.  While in law school, Michael was honored as a chancellor-at-large and served as a member of the Texas Law Review.

Recognitions & Awards

Chancellor-at-Large

Order of the Coif

Member, Texas Law Review

Bar Admissions & Activities

Admitted to the State Bar of Texas and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Member, Austin Young Lawyers Association

Education

University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with highest honors, 2014

University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A., Real Estate Finance, with honors, 2011

Select Representative Matters

Argued and obtained summary judgment dismissing legal malpractice claims and successfully defended the judgment in the Third Court of Appeals of Texas (Austin).

Obtained summary judgment in an oil and gas title dispute defeating Plaintiff’s claim to ownership of minerals under a contested deed.

Obtained summary judgment awarding title to the leasehold mineral interest in favor of a Texas E&P company based on the interpretation of a contested oil and gas lease.

Representation of a real estate developer in pursuit of breach of fiduciary duty claims against former partners in connection with the sale of a multifamily development.

Representation of a property owner in connection with a dispute arising over rights-of-first-refusal.

Representation of foreign investment company and multiple structured finance vehicles in pursuing fraud claims against large originator and underwriter in connection with purchases of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS).

Representation of hedge fund in pursuing fraud and negligent misrepresentation claims against large investment bank in connection with purchases of notes in multiple collateralized debt obligations (CDOs).

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