super lawyer badgeMichelle May O’Neill, Shareholder at Godwin Lewis, P.C., has been chosen for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers® listing for the fourth consecutive year. In addition to her selection for the 2014 list, Attorney O’Neil was honored with three Super Lawyers® top lists: Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, and Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth. Only 5% of Texas Lawyers are honored to be named among the Super Lawyers®.

Super Lawyers® is a nationwide rating service of outstanding lawyers from over 70 practice areas who have achieved a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The rigorous selection process combines peer evaluations and nominations, with independent research.

Candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, including special licenses, professional activity, pro bono work, scholarly lectures, and writings. The final published lists represent no more than 5% of attorneys in the state.

In addition to her Super Lawyers® selection in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, Attorney O’Neil earned an AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating given to an attorney for ethical conduct and legal ability. Attorney O’Neil also holds the distinction of being is Board Certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has achieved a 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo.

Attorney Michelle May O’Neil is a shareholder at Godwin Lewis, PC in Dallas, and her practice focuses on the areas of divorce and family law. Attorney O’Neil earned her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University Hankamar School of Business and her law degree from Baylor University School of Law.

As a respected author, Attorney O’Neil released Basics of Texas Divorce Law (November 2010), and All about Texas Law and Kids (September 2009). She has been featured in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law in multiple editions. To schedule a consultation with Attorney O’Neil regarding a divorce or family law matter, please call (972) 852-8000, or visit her website online at http://www.oneilattorneys.com.

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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.