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Mike Truesdale // Of Counsel
p: 512-615-1200| f: 512-615-1198 | mtruesdale@enochkever.com

Rod Johnson

Mike Truesdale, Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubble. His practice focuses primarily on error identification in the trial court in complex civil litigation and prosecuting and defending cases on appeal. Mike has worked on numerous cases before the Texas Supreme Court and has handled appeals in nearly all Texas intermediate appellate courts. He has also led appeals in other states’ courts and in the federal Fifth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and has authored briefs before the United States Supreme Court.

Mike has served as an adjunct university professor teaching and coaching debate and has authored a number of articles on the art of appellate advocacy and the process of appellate review. His work includes chapters in the ABA Press series "A Practitioner’s Guide.” Mike’s recent appellate advocacy has resulted in opinions discussing the proper procedures for obtaining summary judgment settings, the viability of post-confirmation challenges to arbitration awards, and the extent of governmental immunity available to a municipality engaging in proprietary contracts.

Active in the legal community, Mike currently serves as Chair-elect for the Texas State Bar Appellate Section and has served as Chair of the Austin Bar Association Civil Appellate Section. Mike also serves as the Liaison to the Texas Supreme Court Pro Bono Pilot Briefing Program, and has worked with appellate courts across the state and country to expand access to legal services for pro se litigants. Mike serves the civic community as well. He has served as a director for Reading is Fundamental, a mentor through Austin Partners in Education Austin, a scout leader and a soccer coach, and with area high school debaters as a parent volunteer. Mike is an enthusiastic long-distance cyclist.

Admitted to Practice

  • Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeals in Fifth, Seventh, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
  • United States District Courts of the Northern, Western and Eastern Districts, Texas

 

Education

  • Texas Tech University
  • - J.D., 1994
  • - Magna Cum Laude
  • Texas Tech University
  • - M.A., English and Communication Studies, 1990
  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
  • - B.A., English and Economics 1988
  • - Honors; Cum Laude

Publications

  • A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Action (Supplement) (ABA Press 2012)
  • - Author, Federal Class Actions:  Interlocutory Appeals (chapter)
  • A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Action (ABA Press 2010)
  • - Assistant Editor
  • - Author, Federal Class Actions:  Interlocutory Appeals (chapter)
  • - Author,Texas Class Avtion Practice (chapter)
  • Michael S. Truesdale and Sean McCaffity, Appellate Procedure, 32 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 614 (2001)
  • Craig T. Enoch and Michael S. Truesdale, Issues and Petitions: The Impact on Supreme Court Practice, 31 St. Mary's L.J. 565 (2000) (lead article)
  • Michael S. Truesdale, Why I Support Appellate Pro Bono Programs (and Why You Should Too), Appellate Advocate (Summer, 2012)
  • Michael S. Truesdale, Cynthia Timms, Jerry Bullard, and Samara Kline, Handbook to the Texas Appellate Courts, Appellate Advocate (special edition, 2005)
  • Michael S. Truesdale and Laurie Ratliff, Supreme Court Update, Appellate Advocate (Spring, 2000 - 2006)
  • Michael S. Truesdale and David S. Coale, User-Friendly Courts Update, Appellate Advocate (Winter, 2002)
  • Michael S. Truesdale, Update: Report of the User-Friendly Court Committee, Appellate Advocate (Spring, 2000)
  • Michael S. Truesdale, How to Launch a Pro Bono Appeals Program, ABA Equal Justice Conference, Austin, TX (2015) (panelist)
  • Michael S. Truesdale and Kirsten Castenada, Preparing for the Appellate Board Certification Exam, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Course (2014)
  • Michael S. Truesdale, Alternative Fee Arrangements, State Bar of Texas/Houston Bar Appellate Section Corporate Counsel Seminar (2009) (panelist)
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Professional and Community Activities

  • Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization 2008, 2013
  • Supreme Court of Texas, Program Liaison, Pro Bono Pilot Program 2011 - present
  • Supreme Court Task Force to Expand Legal Services Delivery 2012
  • State Bar of Texas Appellate Section
  • Travis County Bar Association, Civil Appellate Section, Chair 1999-2000
  • Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court 2009-2014, Robert Calvert Inn of Court, Team Leader/co-leader 2005, 2010, 2011
  • Austin Partners in Education, Mentor 2007-2016
  • Boy Scouts of America, Pack 2, Den 9 Leader 2007-2010
  • Reading is Fundamental Austin, Volunteer and Board Member 2001-2006
  • Anderson High School Debate Volunteer 2010-2015
  • North Austin Soccer Association, Coach 2006-2008

 

Awards and Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubble
  • Pier Review Preeminent Thompson Reuters Texas Super Lawyer (2009-2016), Rising Star (2004-07), Appellate Law