Leading with experience


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 Hubbell. 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 United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, and Federal Circuits and has authored briefs before the United States Supreme Court. He has named a Rising Star in Appellate Law in 2004-2007, and a Texas Super Lawyer for over ten consecutive years.

Mike 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 was recently appointed to the Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline, and has served as the Chair of the Texas State Bar Appellate Section and of the Austin Bar Association Civil Appellate Section. Since 2011, Mike has served 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 a parent volunteer with area high school debaters. Mike is an enthusiastic (but not very fast) long-distance cyclist and a die-hard rugby fan.

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



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


Books/Law Review Articles

  • 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 and James Landon, 31 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 711 (2000)

National Presentations (Legal Servics)
  • Michael S. Truesdale, Entirely Appealing: How Pro Bono Passions Can Be Transformative, (UT, Austin, Texas, 2019) (moderator/panelist)
  • Michael S. Truesdale, Developing an Effective Pro Bono Appellate Project, (ABA, KIND, Houston, Texas, 2017) (panelist)
  • Michael S. Truesdale, Appellate Pro Bono: A 360-Degree Discussion, (ABA Equal Justice Conference Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA, 2017) (panelist)
  • Michael S. Truesdale, How to Launch a Pro Bono Appeals Program, (ABA Equal Justice Conference, Austin, TX, 2015) (panelist)
  • Michael S. Truesdale, Pro Se Assistance Panel, (NAACC Conference, Richmond, VA, 2014) (panelist)

Journal Articles
  • 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)

CLE Presentation/Papers
  • Michael S. Truesdale and Elena Einhorn /Kirsten Castenada, Preparing for the Appellate Board Certification Exam, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Course (2012/2014)
  • Michael S. Truesdale, Alternative Fee Arrangements, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Corporate Counsel Seminar (2010 Austin) (panelist)
  • Michael S. Truesdale, Alternative Fee Arrangements, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section/Houston Bar Appellate Section Corporate Counsel Seminar (2009 Houston) (panelist)
  • Michael S. Truesdale and Jeffrey Levenger, Jury Charge, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Course (2005, Austin)

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
  • Texas Commission on Lawyer Discipline, (term beginning 2019)
  • Supreme Court Task Force to Expand Legal Services Delivery 2012
  • State Bar of Texas Appellate Section, Chair 2017-18
  • 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)
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Appellate, 2009 - 2017
  • Rising Star, Appellate Law, 2004-2007
  • George and Sarah Dupree Award (given annually "To the member of the graduating class who, in the opinion of his colleagues, best exemplifies the ability, the integrity, and sense of professional responsibility desired in one soon to join the legal profession.”) Texas Tech Law School, 1994