Michelle May O’Neil, Blog Editor

Senior Shareholder, O’Neil Wysocki, P.C.

Board Certified, Texas Family Law (TBLS)

Michelle@OWLawyers.com

Tel: 972-852-8000

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Years of Experience

Michelle May O’Neil has 25 years’ experience representing small business owners, professionals, and individuals in litigation related to family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Described by one lawyer as “a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty”, Ms. O’Neil exudes genuine compassion for her client’s difficulties, yet she can be relentless when in pursuit of a client’s goals. One judge said of Ms. O’Neil, “She cannot be out-gunned, out-briefed, or out-lawyered!”

Family Law Specialist

Ms. O’Neil became a board certified family law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1997 and has maintained her certification since that time. While representing clients in litigation before the trial court is an important part of her practice, Ms. O’Neil also handles appellate matters in the trial court, courts of appeals and Texas Supreme Court. Lawyers frequently consult with Ms. O’Neil on their litigation cases about specialized legal issues requiring particularized attention both at the trial court and appellate levels. This gives her a unique perspective and depth of perception that benefits both her litigation and appellate clients.

Top Lawyers in Texas and America

Ms. O’Neil has been named to the list of Texas SuperLawyers for five straight years, 2011-2016, a peer-voted honor given to only about 5% of the lawyers in the state of Texas. In 2014, 2015and 2016, Ms. O’Neil received the special honor of being named by Texas SuperLawyers as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, and Top 100 Lawyers in DFW. She was named one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2016 and 2017 and received an “A-V” peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directories for the highest quality legal ability and ethical standards.

Author and Speaker

A noted author, Ms. O’Neil released her second book Basics of Texas Divorce Law in November 2010, with a second edition released in 2013, and a third edition released in 2015.  Her first book, All About Texas Law and Kids, was published in September 2009 by Texas Lawyer Press. In 2012, Ms. O’Neil co-authored the booklets What You Need To Know About Common Law Marriage In Texas and Social Study Evaluations.  The State Bar of Texas and other providers of continuing education for attorneys frequently enlist Ms. O’Neil to provide instruction to attorneys on topics of her expertise in the family law arena.

Learn more about Michelle May O’Neil here.

 

Michael D. Wysocki

Managing Shareholder, O’Neil Wysocki, P.C.

Board Certified, Texas Family Law (TBLS)

Michael@OWLawyers.com

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Results-Oriented Strategy

Michael D. Wysocki believes that a family law attorney must possess the skills of a counselor, mentor, negotiator, and litigator. He knows that no two families, children or cases are alike and he finds unique and creative ways to solve the current problems while preventing future issues. He states his personal philosophy, “A short-term victory is not good enough. I strive to build solid and lasting results.” He accomplishes this through a results-oriented strategy focused on the client’s goals.

Unmatched Experience

Having tried cases in over 40 Texas counties, countless bench trials and jury trials, Mr. Wysocki’s experience in the courtroom is unmatched. He focuses on family law litigation across the state of Texas, representing men and women in divorce, child custody, and complex property division cases.

Superior Credentials

A summa cum laude graduate of The University of Texas at Tyler, Mr. Wysocki later earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. While in law school, Mr. Wysocki was a member of the Texas Tech Law Review. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Young Alumnus award from The University of Texas at Tyler. Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2014-2015 and a Texas Rising Star in 2010 and 2012-2013. These honors are bestowed by a peer-vote to only a very small percentage of Texas attorneys each year. He has also been recognized for professionalism by inclusion in the Annette Stewart Family Law Inns of Court. Mr. Wysocki lives in Dallas with his wife, also a family law attorney, and his daughter and son.

Learn more about Michael D. Wysocki here.

 

Eric Navarrette

Attorney, O’Neil Wysocki, P.C.

Board Certified, Texas Family Law (TBLS)

Eric@OWLawyers.com

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Eric Navarrette is an experienced litigation and collaborative family law attorney who is well-versed in the practice of complex family law cases, including divorce, child custody, division of property, characterization of property, relocation, grandparent and non-parent rights, premarital and postnuptial agreements, and protective orders. Eric primarily serves clients in Denton and Tarrant Counties. Understanding the emotional and the business aspects of family law, Eric concentrates his efforts on helping to prosecute, defend and protect his clients’ interests, as well as the interest of their children. He concentrates his Collaborative Law practice on resolving clients’ individual and mutual goals through interest-based negotiations with the opposing party. In his trial practice, Eric is committed to providing zealous and aggressive representation in the courtroom, while helping educate his clients throughout the litigation process. Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Eric has earned recognition on the Texas Rising Stars listing of the state’s top young lawyers 2013-2015. He was also listed among the Best Lawyers in America in 2016.  He graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2006 after earning his BA in criminal justice from St. Mary’s University in 2003. He is fluent in Spanish.

Learn more about Eric Navarrette here.

 

Jere H. Hight

Attorney, O’Neil Wysocki, P.C.

Jere@OWLawyers.com

Jere Hight Formal Legal Tradition

Jere Hays Hight comes from a family tradition of well-respected lawyers. Named after his grandfather Jeremiah Hays, Jere decided to become a lawyer. He now focuses his practice exclusively on family law litigation. An English major at Baylor University, graduating in 1998, Mr. Hight possesses language skills that make him an expert communicator in the courtroom. This enhances his litigation skills, learned in the litigation training programs at Baylor University School of Law, where he graduated in 2002. Clients praise Mr. Hight for his communication skills that give him a unique ability to present his client’s situation in court to affect their desired outcome. Mr. Hight was recognized in his field 2006-2008 as a Rising Star in Texas Family Law by Texas SuperLawyers, an honor bestowed by peer-vote to only a very small percentage of Texas attorneys. He has also been recognized for professionalism by inclusion in the Annette Stewart Family Law Inns of Court. Born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Highland Park, Jere lives in Lakewood with his wife, also a lawyer, and daughter.

Learn more about Jere H. Hight here.

 

Ashley B. Russell

Attorney, O’Neil Wysocki, P.C.

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Knowledge and Creativity

Commended for her knowledge of the law and creativity in both legal arguments and problem solving, Ashley Bowline Russell focuses her practice primarily on family law appellate matters. Her litigation experience combined with her appellate knowledge provides Ms. Russell with a unique and valuable perspective in approaching her cases.

Clients praise Ms. Russell for her easy and compassionate manner, providing personal attention and concern for clients in difficult situations. While not possible in every situation, as a skilled negotiator, Ms. Russell works with her clients to identify settlement options and secure agreements that can avoid the necessity of expensive litigation and appeals all together.

From 2011-2015, Ms. Russell was recognized as a Rising Star in Texas Family Law by Texas SuperLawyers, an honor bestowed by peer-vote to only a very small percentage of Texas attorneys. Further, Ms. Russell’s professionalism and ethics were recognized when she was invited to become a member of the Annette Stewart Inn of Court, an organization devoted to ethics and professionalism in the practice of family law.

Ms. Russell graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2006, where she developed her passion for family law serving as a guardian/attorney ad litem for child abuse victims in the child advocacy clinic. Prior to law school, Ms. Russell graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oklahoma where, in 2002, she received her Bachelor of Arts in both English and Psychology. She is a member of the highly regarded Phi Beta Kappa honors society, as well as Phi Beta Phi sorority. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ms. Russell lives in Dallas with her husband and her two daughters.

Learn more about Ashley B. Russell here.