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Michael J. Murray

Michael J. Murray

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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. Following more than two years of service, in 2001, Mike took a position with 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, successfully representing clients in virtually all of the Texas intermediate courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Texas Supreme Court. In 2004, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization awarded Mike board certification in Civil Appellate Law.


Mike has repeatedly been named a Rising Star by Texas Monthly and has attained similar local recognition by Scene in SA magazine. He is licensed to practice in all Texas courts, 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 and Southern Districts of Texas. Mike is an active participant in several bar organizations, serving as Chair of the San Antonio Bar Association’s Appellate Section for two years. He also currently serves as Chair of the Federal Bar Admissions Committee for the Western District of Texas.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Appeals: 100%

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Justin Allen Hill

    Mike is one of the smartest lawyers I know. I work with him every chance I get. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

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    Justin Hill Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Kimberly S. Keller

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Kimberly Keller Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Watts Guerra LLP

4 Dominion Drive
Building 1
San Antonio, TX, 78257

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199808/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Appellate Lawyers in San AntonioScene in SA Magazine2010
Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2009
Best Appellate Lawyers in San AntonioScene in SA Magazine2009
Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2008
Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2007

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
LawyerWatts Guerra LLP2009 - Present
AssociateCrofts & Callway, A Professional Corporation2001 - 2009
Briefing AttorneyThirteenth Court Of Appeals1998 - 2000

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
United States District Court for the Western District of TexasAdmissions Committee2008 - Present
Defense Counsel of San AntonioSecretary2005 - 2006
Appellate SectionPrograms Chair2004 - 2005
Texas Board of Legal SpecializationBoard Certified in Civil Appellate Law2004 - Present
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
San Antonio Bar AssociationMemberN/A
San Antonio Young Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationAvoiding the Great Daubert Fraud: How to Properly Use and Resist Expert Challenges2011
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationProducts Liability Update -- 20112011

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, TXLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Trinity University, San Antonio, TXPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Columbia University, New York, NYN/AN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
APPELLATE BOOTCAMP, ADVANCED CIVIL APPELLATE PRACTICE SEMINARPerfecting the Appeal - State and Federal2003
ADVANCED CIVIL TRIAL COURSENoncharge Preservation Of Error2002