Michael A. McGurk


Location: Edinburg/McAllen, Texas
Phone: 956-632-5030
Fax: 956-632-5050
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Born and raised in South Texas, Michael returned to the Rio Grande Valley after law school and, since then, has litigated a broad range of complex, and often high stakes, commercial cases across the state of Texas involving business torts, shareholder/partner litigation, lender liability, wrongful foreclosure, real estate disputes, labor and employment matters and commercial and consumer collection. Michael has also handled catastrophic personal injury and death cases, oftentimes involving claims in the millions of dollars. Michael routinely counsels business owners on partnership disputes and dissolution; corporate structure and risk reduction strategies; and labor and employment matters. Michael has tried numerous cases to verdict in front of juries and judges and commercial arbitration matters through final hearing, entry of judgment, and appeal. Michael has also been asked to speak on the topic of arbitration at continuing education seminars hosted by the State Bar of Texas.

In 2019, Michael was part of a trial team that obtained a $70,200,000 jury verdict in a highly complex, cross-border business dispute between two multimillion-dollar international companies. The verdict ranked No.1 Business Law Verdict in Texas in 2019 and No. 2 Business Law Verdict in the US by The National Law Journal. Michael was responsible for all financial aspects of the case, including presenting and defending his client’s financial expert witness and chief financial officer; and cross-examining the opposing parties’ financial expert witness and two chief financial officers.

Michael has been recognized numerous times by his peers as a “Super Lawyer” in Texas Monthly magazine, a recognition given to only 5% of Texas attorneys. Michael is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation-only national organization of attorneys and judges dedicated to preserving the right to civil trials under the 7th Amendment of the Constitution. Michael was also recognized in The New York Times as a “2020 Power Lawyer” and is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2019


  • Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    J.D. – 1996
    Honors: Phi Delta Phi
    Honors: Faculty Honor Roll
    Honors: Moot Court Board
    Honors: PESI Excellence Award (Commercial Paper and Pre-Trial Litigation)
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    B.A. – 1992
    Major: Economics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hidalgo County Bar Association/ Hidalgo County Bar Foundation, Director, Treasurer and President
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Hidalgo County Young Lawyers, Officer/Director, 1998 – Present
  • Texas Association of Bank Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Texas Bar Foundation – Life Fellow

Past Employment Positions

  • Jarvis & Kittleman, P.C., Associate, 1996 – 1998
  • Kittleman Thomas, PLLC, Partner, 1998 – 2017

Based in Edinburg, Texas, we serve clients throughout Southern Texas, including McAllen, Edinburg, Mission, Brownsville, Harlingen and other communities in Cameron County, Hidalgo County, Starr County, Willacy County, Brooks County, Kenedy County, Lasalle County, Zavalla County, Frio County, Medina County, Atascosa County, McMullen County, Live Oak County, Webb County, Dimmit County, Guadalupe County, and Gonzalez County.