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Michael Tristan focuses his practice on litigation matters involving a variety of complex commercial transactions.  He has experience representing clients in a wide variety of matters involving securities, real estate and construction, intellectual property, oil and gas, unfair competition, personal injury, and lender liability claims.

Named among the top firms in Texas for Commercial Litigation in Chambers USA 2019 by Chambers and Partners

Recognized as a “Recommended Litigation Firm” in Texas in Benchmark: Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Firms and Attorneys

Received a national first-tier ranking for Commercial Litigation in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2019

Representative Matters

  • Represented client in bench trial regarding contract interpretation dispute, resulting in declaratory judgment on behalf of client, including attorneys’ fees
  • Obtained defense jury verdict on behalf of a Texas county in inverse condemnation action concerning a bridge collapse
  • Obtained favorable award in international arbitration proceeding concerning claims of fraud, misrepresentation, and breach of contract in dispute between joint operators of an oil and gas concession in the Middle East
  • Obtained permanent injunction and favorable agreed judgment in case involving theft of trade secrets and tortious interference with business relations
  • Obtained dismissal of claims brought in bankruptcy adversary proceeding concerning an attempt to recharacterize the sale of securitized overriding royalty interests to bring them within a debtor’s estate
  • Obtained injunction and recovery of pledged assets in breach of contract action on behalf of East Texas energy company
  • Obtained an order designating client as primary joint managing conservator in bench trial of a pro bono child custody dispute referred by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas

Honors & Affiliations


  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Business Litigation), 2010-2011, 2016-2018


  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL)
  • Member, Young Professionals of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 2004, The University of Texas School of Law
  • B.B.A., 2000, Texas Tech University


  • Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. Texas