Michelle Pector is a seasoned trial lawyer and trusted counselor who is co-chair of Morgan Lewis’s energy litigation practice and a member of the firm’s COVID-19 Texas Taskforce. For two decades, Michelle has represented energy and healthcare clients in a wide range of business and employment disputes with an emphasis on complex commercial litigation, injunction proceedings, trade secret disputes, business fraud, supply chain disputes, alleged corporate wrongdoing, consumer litigation, and M&A disputes. Michelle also has experience defending class actions for energy clients.
Over the course of her career, Michelle has been lead trial counsel in matters litigated in state and federal courts throughout Texas and other parts of the United States. She also has arbitration experience and has handled matters before the EEOC and state employment agencies.
Michelle provides counsel focused on her clients’ interests and long-term strategic goals. She advises clients on a wide range of issues including best practices, internal investigations, compliance matters, contract negotiations, and legal strategy pre-litigation, as well as post-litigation consulting to implement learned solutions. She works with clients to develop practical, innovative, and effective solutions tailored to achieve their business and legal objectives, including when litigation becomes necessary.
Lead counsel in a business fraud matter involving the multimillion dollar embezzlement of company funds by a manager of client. Secured a temporary restraining order, temporary injunction and contempt order in favor of client and final judgment in the amount of $10.2+ million dollars and the recovery of attorney’s fees and costs.
Lead co-counsel in a complex commercial arbitration involving theft of escrow funds that resulted in a multi-million dollar breach of contract finding in favor of client and the full recovery of attorney’s fees and costs.
Trial counsel in an unfair competition dispute in Texas State Court that resulted in a breach of contract jury finding in favor of client and an award of all attorney’s fees and costs.
Retained as lead trial counsel to handle a protracted litigation matter alleging in excess of $200 million dollars in damages that had spanned two years, after being retained, obtained summary judgment on a combination of 21 state and federal claims, including retaliation and discrimination claims, in favor of client resulting in a full dismissal of the case before trial.
Arbitration counsel in a complex contract dispute between a leading oil field services provider and a wireless broadband company involving more than $100 million in claims. After more than two weeks of testimony, a unanimous defense verdict was awarded in favor of client.
Obtained summary judgment for a leading oilfield service provider in Texas State Court in defense of a worker’s compensation retaliation claim and various discrimination claims.
Trial counsel in a two-week complex commercial dispute involving tens of millions of dollars in alleged damages in connection with asserted breaches of an earnout agreement. Obtained an award of sanctions in favor of client in connection with spoliation activity by Plaintiffs.
Lead counsel for an ESCO client in the successful defense of a multi-million dollar consumer fraud class action that resulted in a dismissal of all claims.
Worked as trial counsel for a medical device manufacturer when a competing company misappropriated confidential information acquired in negotiations. After completing discovery on an expedited basis, obtained injunctive relief in federal court enjoining the retention and use of confidential information and securing royalty payments for the client. After a two-day injunction hearing, the case was resolved with a highly favorable settlement for the client.
Represented a leading oil field services company in a contentious dispute involving theft of trade secrets and enforcement of non-solicitation agreements, resulting in extensive injunctive relief and a highly favorable settlement for the client.
Represented a leading oilfield service company in the resolution of various personal injury matters through litigation and favorable resolutions at mediation.
Served as lead counsel in various lawsuits involving claims of discrimination or retaliation where summary judgment was obtained in favor of clients.
Resolved various EEOC and State agency employment matters with highly favorable resolutions for clients thereby eliminating subsequent litigation.
University of Houston Law Center, 2000, J.D., cum laude
University of Texas at Austin, 1997, B.A., cum laude
Supreme Court of the United States
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
US District Court for the Northern District of Texas
US District Court for the Southern District of Texas
US District Court for the Western District of Texas
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Dispute resolution: General commercial disputes, The Legal 500 US (2019)
Recommended, Industry focus: Energy litigation: conventional power, The Legal 500 US (2019)
Recommended, Industry focus: Energy litigation: oil and gas, The Legal 500 US (2019, 2020)
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (2013)
Recognized, Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers (2005–2015)
Recognized, Houston's Top Professionals on the Fast Track, H Texas Magazine (2007)
Recognized, Stakeholder 100 inaugural class, Stakeholders, Inc. (2007)
Recognized, Best Houston Lawyers Under 40 (2004)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Houston Bar Association
Volunteer, Make-A-Wish Foundation
Volunteer, Lone Star Boxer Rescue
Member, Order of the Barristers
Recognized, University of Houston Advocate of the Year (2000)