Founding Attorney Michelle May O’Neil and Associate Attorney Katie Lewis, or O’Neil & Attorneys Dallas family law firm, were named to the 2013 Texas Super Lawyers List for divorce. Super Lawyers uses a rigorous, multi-phase evaluation process in order to select attorneys in each state for its final listings.  Only 5% of attorneys in Texas are included in the Texas Super Lawyers list.

This marks the third year Ms. O’Neil has been chosen for inclusion in the top 5% list of Texas Super Lawyers. She has been board certified in family law since 1997, a group that includes only about 1% of the lawyers state-wide.  In addition, Ms. O’Neil received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell based on peer-review for having the highest level of legal ability and ethical standards.  And, Ms. O’Neil has been given a 10.0 Superb (on a 1.0 to 10.0 scale) rating from Avvo.com, based on the Avvo mathematical formula for rating a lawyer’s background including years of practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements, and industry recognition.

This year has been an impressive one for Ms. Lewis.  Earlier in 2013, Ms. Lewis received the recognition of being Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Out of over 70,000 attorneys licensed to practice law in Texas, only 7,000 have earned the right to be publicly recognized as Board Certified specialists, and only 725 are board certified family law specialists. As a further honor, Ms. Lewis was named to the Texas Super Lawyers list for divorce attorneys for 2013 based both on peer review and industry recognition of her abilities in Texas divorce law.

“We are honored to receive such high accolades from Texas Super Lawyers,” says O’Neil. “I am especially proud of Ms. Lewis for all of her achievements this year.”

O’Neil & Attorneys provides compassionate yet relentless legal services to clients seeking representation in family law matters, such as divorce, complex marital property divisions, or child custody. The firm represents clients in the Dallas area and across the State of Texas.

 

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Michelle May O’Neil has 27 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…

Michelle May O’Neil has 27 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 many years, 2011-2018, a peer-voted honor given to only about 5% of the lawyers in the state of Texas. In 2014-2018, 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 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 expected 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.