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About me

I grew up in Brownsville, Texas. After high school I moved to Austin, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Government at the University of Texas at Austin. I then moved to Houston and attended the University of Houston Law Center, where I graduated with honors.

Since starting my legal career over a decade ago, I have worked at a downtown Houston law firm, other great private firms, and the University of Texas at Brownsville. I work hard to give sophisticated representation to individuals harmed because a corporation or insurance company refuses to do the right thing.

I take pride in representing clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries, as well as those dealing with the indescribable pain caused by the death of a loved one. At CMB, we prepare every case as if it is going to trial.  



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Trucking Accident: 60%
    14 years, 150 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 35%
    14 years, 150 cases
  3. Car Accident: 5%
    14 years, 500 cases



Hourly ($200-400/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Gerard A. Pusch

    I endorse this lawyer. Michael has an excellent reputation and I would not hesitate to retain him for personal injury matters in TX


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  • John Christopher Ramsey

    Michael is a fantastic lawyer who achieves superb results for his clients. I wholeheartedly endorse him without reservation.


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Contact info

Cowen | Mask | Blanchard

6243 IH-10 West
Suite 801
San Antonio, TX, 78201


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200207/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best S.A. Lawyers 2016San Antonio Scene Magazine2016
CertifiedMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Dean's Merit ScholarshipUniversity of Houston Law Center2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCowen | Mask | Blanchard2016 - Present
OwnerThe Blanchard Law Firm2014 - Present
AttorneyVillarreal & Begum PLLC2013 - 2014
AttorneyThe Cowen Law Group2010 - 2013
Asst. to the Provost/President for Legal ServicesThe University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College2007 - 2010
AssociateThe Ammons Law Firm2005 - 2007
AssociateMehaffy Weber, P.C.2003 - 2005
AssociateMichael R. Cowen, P.C.2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Antonio Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2005 - Present
State Bar of TexasIn Good Standing2002 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re SaldivarMotion to Dismiss Denied
Trucking CaseConfidential Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
AIEG VoiceWinning Tractor-Trailer U-Turn Cases2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of TexasGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Maximizing Commercial Vehicle CasesFee Splitting and Joint Representation2016
Maximizing Commercial Vehicle CasesRepresenting Multiple Plaintiffs2016
Maximize Commercial Vehicle Cases SeminarEthics of Fee Splitting and Referral Fees2015
Maximize Commercial Vehicle Cases SeminarEthically Representing Multiple Plaintiffs2015