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Mike has a national law practice involving class actions and commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He has been counsel in cases involving eighteen approved class action settlements, including the Wal-Mart and Fina Oil “dead peasant” insurance cases. He has argued before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Tenth and Fifth Circuits in landmark cases involving life insurance and personal privacy rights. A substantial part of his practice concerns corporate-owned life insurance and his cases have been reported in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT, and internationally in LEMONDE’S March 18, 2003 article Les Mortelles Combines Des Patrons Américains. Mike is frequently used as a media resource on the topics of insurance and annuities. He has appeared in the NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL and on CNN’s Prime News with Erica Hill to discuss life insurance issues and consulted on the documentary film SiCKO.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 34%
  2. Intellectual Property: 33%
    7 years
  3. Class Action: 33%



Contingent (15-40%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Scott Monroe Clearman

    I had the opportunity and joy of working with Mike from when he left law school until two years ago when our firm dissolved. Mike was first an associate at our firm and then Randy McClanahan and I invited him to be our partner. He is a man of excellent character with both an exceptional drive and exceptional abilities. I endorse Mike without reservation.


    Scott Clearman Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

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    Michael is a superior lawyer whom I am proud to highly recommend. We have worked on a variety of matters. In all cases, he has shown himself to be a very gifted, dedicated and tenacious advocate for his clients. I am proud to give him my unqualified recommendation.


    Frank Goodrich Class action Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

McClanahan Myers Espey, LLP

3355 West Alabama
Suite 210
Houston, TX, 77098

McClanahan Myers Espey, LLP

6750 West Loop South, Suite 920
Bellaire, TX, 77401



OKAuthorized to practice law200807/20/2009
NYCurrently registered 200803/07/2016
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199407/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
One of Houston's top lawyers for civil litigationH Texas Magazine2009
One of Houston's top lawyers for civil litigationH Texas Magazine2008
Named a "rising star" lawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMcClanahan & Clearman, L.L.P.2002 - 2008
AssociateMcClanahan & Clearman, L.L.P.1994 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1996 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee 4E-10Member2003 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Richard v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 559 F.3d 341 (5th Cir. 2009)N/A
Tillman v. Camelot Music, Inc., 408 F.3d 1300 (10th Cir. 2005)N/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Texas A&M UniversityN/AB.B.A.1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Prosecuting "dead peasant" insurance casesInsurance2002