Having joined MehaffyWeber in 1993, Michele has more than 20 years of diverse jury trial experience. She represents clients in general civil litigation, with a concentration in complex litigation and products liability. She has also coordinated state-wide litigation for several national clients. Michele practices in the firm’s Houston and Beaumont offices. Michele is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has been a shareholder with the firm since 1999 and currently serves as chair of the firm’s Marketing Committee. She is an Advocate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Houston Chapter and serves on the Pattern Jury Charge Committee in Products Liability for the State Bar of Texas.
Areas of Concentration
General civil litigation, toxic tort, and products and premises liability
State of Texas
United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Education and Bar Admissions
Michele graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting. In 1992, she received her law degree from Baylor University School of Law. While attending Baylor, she was a member of the Order of the Barristers.
Memberships and Honors
Michele is a Past President of the Jefferson County Bar Association. She served as President of the Jefferson County Young Lawyers' Association in 2000-2001 and was named the Jefferson County Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year for 2002. She actively volunteers her time to the Pro Bono Program. Michele is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and served as a 2013 Trial Academy faculty member. Michele currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel as President- Elect and will serve as President in 2014-2015. Michele received the TADC President’s Award in 2010. She is a member of the Defense Research Institute. She is also a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American Bar Association.
Michele was recognized by Law & Politics as a “Texas Rising Star” in 2005 and a “Texas Super Lawyer®” from 2005 to 2013. In addition, she received recognition as:
Michele was also named by H Texas magazine as a "2007 to 2009, 2013 “Houston’s Top Lawyers.” She is an “AV” Peer Review Rated® by Martindale-Hubbell.
- “Top 100 List-Houston Region” Texas Super Lawyers®, 2007 to 2010, 2013
- “Top 50 Women in Texas "Texas Super Lawyers®, 2007, 2009 to 2013
- “Top 100 List-Texas”-Texas Super Lawyers®- 2009 to 2011, 2013
- Selected as a "Super Lawyer®" Corporate Counsel Edition, August 2008-2010, Civil Litigation Defense
- Selected in “Super Lawyers Business Edition” (formerly “Corporate Counsel Edition,) Civil Litigation Defense, 2011 to 2013
- Recognized by “Best Lawyers in America® in Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants and Product Liability-Defendants,” 2013-2014
Michele serves on numerous boards of civic and charitable organizations. She was recently named “Citizen of the Year 2013” by the Neches River Festival. Michele is a Past President of the Junior League of Beaumont, the Jefferson County Bar Association and its Foundation, and the Jefferson County Bar Association Auxiliary. Currently, she serves on the Alumni Board of Monsignor Kelly High School, and the Boards of The Symphony of Southeast Texas, The Shorkey Center, Lamar University Foundation and Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School. She received The Athena Award from the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce in 2008 and was named Sustainer of the Year by the Junior League of Beaumont in 2011. She was selected as a Distinguished Young Alumna by Lamar University in 2012.
During her career, Michele Smith has represented defendants in numerous state and federal courts. Her trial work includes representation of businesses in medical malpractice, products and premises liability and employment-related litigation, including non-subscribers. Michele is also experienced in representing a variety of businesses in sophisticated mass tort causes of action involving numerous chemical substances and exposures. She has also been on the coordinating team for the statewide defense of several clients.
She represents several Fortune 500 companies as regional counsel in claims involving toxic substances and products liability.