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 more than two decades, Michelle has represented energy, technology, and healthcare clients in a wide range of business, consumer, and employment disputes with an emphasis on complex commercial litigation, litigation arising out of severe weather events, trade secret disputes, business fraud, supply chain disputes, personal injury litigation, and merger and acquisition disputes. Michelle also has experience defending class actions for energy clients and handling all aspects of injunction proceedings.
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 handles matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state employment agencies.
Michelle provides counsel focused on her clients’ interests and long-term strategic goals. She advises clients on key issues including internal investigations, crisis management, compliance matters, contract negotiations, and pre-litigation legal strategy, as well as post-litigation guidance to implement learned solutions and best practices. She works with clients to develop practical, innovative, and effective solutions tailored to achieve their business and legal objectives, and is trial ready when litigation ensues.
Ranked, Litigation: General Commercial, Texas: Houston & Surrounds, Chambers USA (2022)
Recommended, Dispute resolution: General commercial disputes, The Legal 500 US (2019)
Recommended, Industry focus: Energy litigation: conventional power, The Legal 500 US (2019-2022)
Recommended, Industry focus: Energy litigation: oil and gas, The Legal 500 US (2019–2022)
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)