Michelle May O’Neil, Blog Editor
Senior Shareholder, O’Neil Wysocki, P.C.
Board Certified, Texas Family Law (TBLS)
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.
Michael D. Wysocki
Managing Shareholder, O’Neil Wysocki, P.C.
Board Certified, Texas Family Law (TBLS)
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.
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.
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.
Jere H. Hight
Attorney, O’Neil Wysocki, P.C.
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.