Lawyers

Michael J. Murray

  • Briefing Attorney to former Chief Justice Robert J. Seerden for over two years
  • Lead Appellate Counsel in over 50 appeals and appellate proceedings
  • Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Named a "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly magazine
  • Former Chair of the San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Section for two years
  • Past Chair of Federal Bar Admissions Committee for the Western District of Texas
  • Mike has briefed and/or argued appeals in the Supreme Court of the United States, the Fifth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the Court of Appeals for the First, Third, Fourth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth, Eleventh, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Districts of Texas.
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Raised in San Antonio, Mike Murray began his educational career at Columbia University, before earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Trinity University in 1994. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled in the Texas Tech University School of Law, and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1998. While a student at Texas Tech, Mike was a member of the school’s Moot Court teams; in the summer of 1998, his team won the National Appellate Advocacy Competition, winning the final round at Harvard Law School. The appellate brief Mike wrote for that competition was voted the best respondent’s brief and placed third nationally.

After graduation, Mike accepted a position as a Briefing Attorney to then-Chief Justice Robert J. Seerden of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals in Corpus Christi, before moving to Crofts, Callaway & Jefferson, one of the state’s premier appellate boutiques. While there, Mike served as lead appellate counsel in almost 50 appeals and appellate proceedings, encompassing a wide array of civil matters, suffessfully representing clients in virtually all of the Texas intermediate courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Texas Supreme Court.

In his seven years with Watts Guerra, Mike has provided appellate guidance and legal support to hundreds of lawsuits in trial courts and appellate courts across the country.  Among his most significant achievements, Mike was part of the team that resolved several hundred cases in California state courts against the manufacturers of defective cold therapy products and part of the team that resolved the claims of numerous prospective aircraft purchasers who provided deposits for aircraft that were never delivered.  

In 2004, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization awarded Mike board certification in Civil Appellate Law. Mike has been named a Rising Star by Texas Monthly Magazine, a Thomson Reuters publication, in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and, before that he was named a Rising Star by the same publication in 2007, 2008, and 2009. He is licensed to practice by the State Bar of Texas, and is admitted to the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Western, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas. 

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Mike and his wife Cindy are the proud parents of two beautiful young daughters.  The family ardently supports Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children and Mike currently serves on the School’s Board of Directors.  The family is actively are long-time members of Grace Episcopal Church in San Antonio and Mike has previously served the Church as its Bishop’s Warden.