R. Michael Northrup is a Shareholder and Section Head of the Appellate Practice Group of Cowles & Thompson. He practices in both the trial and appellate courts in cases involving personal injury, insurance issues, employment law and commercial disputes, and he provides litigation support to attorneys in other sections of the firm. Mr. Northrup served as a briefing attorney for former Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips, Texas Supreme Court, 1988-89. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Hastings College of Law and SMU School of Law. He is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. Northrup is a contributing author to the Texas Torts & Remedies as well as the Texas Litigation Guide for which he has authored chapters on the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, Punitive Damages, Limitation of Actions, the Appellate Record, and Liquor Liability. He also authored Restrictions on Class-Action Attorney-Fee Awards, 46 South Texas Law Review (2005), Per Curiam Disposition The Houston Lawyer, March/April 1990, and Per Curiam Review in the Supreme Court, The Appellate Advocate, Winter 1990.
Mr. Northrup is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, College of the State Bar of Texas, and the Defense Research Institute. He serves as the immediate past chair for the Appellate Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association. He received his B.S. degree in 1985 from Texas A & M University and his J.D. degree in 1988 from Texas Tech University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi. Additionally, he was a recipient of the Houston Bar Foundation's award for Outstanding Legal Article and was named to the Who's Who Among Attorneys in America from 1989-90. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1988 and is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Northrup v. Southwestern Bell Tel. Co., 72 S.W.3d 1 (Tex. App. -- Corpus Christi 2001, pet. denied) — Wrote the brief in the case. This issue of first impression in Texas concerns the right of a member of a prospective class to intervene in the proceeding after a court's approval of a "class action settlement" for the purposes of appealing and challenging the trial court's approval of the settlement
St. Paul Surplus Lines Ins. Co. v. Dal-Worth Tank Co., 974 S.W.2d 51 (Tex. 1998) — Wrote the brief and/or argued the case
In re Estate of Bendtsen, 230 S.W.3d 823 (Tex. App.--Dallas 2007, pet denied) — Wrote the brief and argued the appeal in a case involving a will contest to a will that was executed by the decedent on her deathbed and which disinherited her only child except for a single item.
Levetz v. Sutton, 404 S.W.3d 798 (Tex. App.--Dallas 2013, pet. denied) — Wrote the brief and argued the case, which concerns the enforceability of a mediated settlement agreement and whether the trial court abused its discretion by deciding only part of the case and severing the remaining part and ordering it transferred.
Myers v. Crestone Internat'l, LLC, 121 Fed. Appx. 25 (5th Cir. 2005) — Wrote the brief and argued the case, with the principal issue being whether former employee made out a prima facie case of gender discrimination and retaliation