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I was born  in Germany and raised mostly in Spain and France, have spent may years overseas, still travel frequently on business and am trilingual. Before I went into law I earned a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Spanish; my field was Spanish and European intellectual history. I have been for the most part a solo attorney, but recently have formed a larger law firm in order to expand the practice. Generally my practice is transactional, and especially concerned with international business, corporate and succesion law. My preferred areas are the Americas, Europe and India. I work closely with foreign attorneys as required.   I was named one of the three top international lawyers in Houston by HOUSTONIA magazine in their December 2013 issue, at page 70, and one of the top two international lawyers in their December 2014 issue, at page 74.


Languages spoken: Spanish, French

Practice areas


  1. International Law: 100%
    28 years



Hourly ($325-450/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Fran Brochstein

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Skadden for many years. He has an outstanding reputation regarding his expertise in international law. I would not hesitate to recommend him to my friends and family.


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  • Anuj Arun Shah

    I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a first rate attorney. His knowledge and experience in the field of international matters, whether it be international probate, business transactions, or financial matters are preeminent in his field. Having lived in numerous countries and traveled the world, Michael speaks numerous languages and is the ideal attorney for clients from all over the globe who are seeking legal representation in international matters. I can't recommend Michael highly enough.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Michael Skadden Attorney at Law

10001 Westpark, No. 30
Houston, TX, 77042


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
One of two top international lawyers in HoustonHoustonia Magazine2014
One of three top international lawyers in HoustonHoustonia Magazine2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at Law, Managing MemberSkadden Shah Ortiz Cotro PLLC, Attorneys at Law2015 - Present
Of CounselRivera Mendoza, Abogados1992 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Michael Skadden1989 - Present
Chief CounselUTSI International Corporation1999 - 2006
Land AttorneyChevron Corporation1987 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mexican American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
German American Chamber of CommerceN/AN/A
Netherlands America Chamber of CommerceN/AN/A
Houston International GroupN/AN/A
Latin Professional Networking GroupN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Day & Co. v. Texland Petroleum Inc., 686 S.W.2d 607 (1990)Reversed in our favor
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Publication nameTitleDate
(In preparation)War, Not Law: American Civil and Military Attorneys' Views and Policies Concerning Human Rights in World War One2015
The Houston LawyerInternational Solo Practice2010
The Texas Law ReporterMichael's Rules to Avoid Disaster in Your International Practice1996
The Texas Law ReporterForeign Arbitration Tribunals: An Option for the Choice of Forum Clause1996
NADOA 18th Annual Institute (Vol. III, September 1991), 71-124Estates in Texas1991
NADOA 18th Annual Institute (Vol. III, September 1991, 41-70)Recent Texas Case & Legislation1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1986
University of Texas System, AustinSpanishPhD - Doctorate1984
Rice UniversitySpanishMA - Masters1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NACC Houston ConferenceThe Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and You: Citizens and Resident and Non-Resident Aliens2015
Continuing Legal EducationVictory, not Justice: American Civil and Military Attorneys' Views and Policies Concerning Human Rights Law in World War One2015
Thursday ConferenceOffshores/Paraisos fiscales2014
Continuing Legal EducationLaw and War2013
Conferencia del viernesProblemas fiscales y testamentarios que afectan a compradores extranjeros no residentes de propiedad inmueble en los Estados Unidos2012
International Law SocietyInternational Solo Practice2011
Cyberlaw SectionInternational Cyber-Privacy Issues Update2008
Continuing Legal EduacationInternational Human Rights Law and Enforcement2008
ConferenceInternational Probate2008
HDCLA LuncheonInternational Human Right Law and Enforcement2007
Cyberlaw SectionInternational Cyber-Privacy Issues2006
ConferenceInternational Probate2001
12th Annual InstituteInternational Personnel Issues2000