Arturo G. Michel is a partner at Thompson & Horton LLP.  He served as City Attorney for the City of Houston from 2004 to 2010.  His prior legal experience was at Bracewell & Patterson from 1986 to 2004 where he was a partner for 10 years.  As City Attorney, Mr. Michel headed a 100 lawyer legal department overseeing a budget, including funds for claims, of approximately 42 million dollars.  He supervised lawsuits of every nature, e.g., construction, commercial, employment, and condemnation.  Mr. Michel supervised and negotiated multimillion dollar contracts for electricity, fuel, chemicals, software operation, maintenance, telecommunications, construction, union contracts, and real estate.  He also supervised, developed, and taught training in open records, open meetings, and ethics.  Mr. Michel has considerable government relations experience regarding legislation.  He frequently addressed the media, officials of other governmental entities, and community leaders or citizens on issues of importance to the City, many times to Spanish language media.  At Bracewell, Mr. Michel utilized similar expertise with an emphasis on litigation, labor, elections, voting rights, redistricting, contracts, and board matters.  He is a past president of the Texas Association of Community College Attorneys and the Hispanic Bar Association.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Skinner v. Weslaco Independent, et al; Civil Action No. 00017; in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas (Civil Rights Act)

Perry v. Houston Independent School District, et al; Civil Action No. 00197; in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas (Civil Rights Act)

Pierre v. Houston Community, et al; Civil Action No. 01203; in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas (Job Discrimination)

Hispanic Education, et al v. HISD Board of Education, et al; Civil Action No. 01065; in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas (Other Civil Rights)

York v. Houston Community College, et al; Civil Action No. 00688; in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas (Job Discrimination-Race)

Hebert v. Houston Community, et al; Civil Action No. 01175; in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas (Job Discrimination-Race)

Walker v. Houston Community; Civil Action No. 02169; in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas (Job Discrimination-Age)

Jackson v. HISD, et al; Civil Action No. 04459; in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas (Job Discrimination – Race)

Smith v. Aldine ISD; Civil Action No. 03437; in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas (Employment Discrimination)

Kercheval v. Houston Community; Civil Action No. 02938; in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas (Job Discrimination-Race)

Valdez v. Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, et al; Civil Action No. 00267; in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas (Employment Discrimination)

Torres v. PSJA ISD, et al; Civil Action No. 00039; in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas (Civil Rights Act)

Houston Community College System v. AJ’s Painting & Restorations; Cause No. 2002-53967; in the 280th Judicial Court of Harris County, Texas (Breach of Contract)

Johnson, Wanda Heath v. Galena Park School District; Cause No. 2002-29027; in the 133rd Judicial Court of Harris County, Texas (Other Civil)

Kercheval, David R v. Mir Fox & Rodriguez; Cause No. 1999-35112; in the 151st Judicial Court of Harris County, Texas (Contract)

Walker, Lorenzo v. Houston Community College System; Cause No. 1996-35662; in the 80th Judicial Court of Harris County, Texas (Injunction)

Perry, Edward v. Houston Independent School District; Cause No. 1991-51406; in the 129th Judicial Court of Harris County, Texas (Damages-Others)

Bruce R. Hotze v. Bill White, Mayor, City of Houston; No. 01-08-00016-CV; Court of Appeals of Texas, Houston (1st Dist.); April 15, 2010 (Civil)