Attorney Credentials

Excelling both as an undergraduate and graduate student, Randy Michel earned a commission in the United States Air Force. Then, as a young military officer, he proved his mettle through preparation, courage, and dedication, for which he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and an Oak Leaf Cluster for heroism on the Arctic Circle. After completing his military service, Michel turned in a stellar performance in law school, and he continues to distinguish himself today in local, state, federal, and appellate courtrooms across Texas and beyond.

Randy Michel attributes much of his success to his tenacity and his willingness to outwork his adversaries. He is highly regarded by other lawyers because they know that when they enter the courtroom, Michel will have worked harder, will be better prepared, and will be better organized than anyone else in the room.

Education

Legal

University of Kentucky College of Law, (1977–1979)
Juris Doctor degree, December, 1979

Graduate

University of Oklahoma (1971–1972)
Master of Science degree, December of 1972, in Psychology, 4.0 GPA (out of 4.0); recipient of both teaching and research fellowships.

Undergraduate

Baylor University (1967–1971)
Bachelor of Arts degree, May of 1971, in Psychology; awarded Air Force ROTC Scholarship (3 years); Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership and academic honorary); Phi Eta Sigma (freshman academic honorary); Dean's Distinguished List.

Professional Experience

Judicial Experience

Elected (1998) as Judge, County Court at Law #1, to serve Brazos County (1999 - 2002); one of five trial judges in the County, serving a 4-year term of office; re-elected (unopposed, 2002) for another 4-year term; resigned 2006.

Appointed by College Station's City Council to serve as Presiding Judge of Municipal Court for the City of College Station (May, 1995 - January, 1997). Part-time position.

Appointed by College Station's City Council to sit as one of the two part-time Associate Judges of the Municipal for the City of College Station (January, 1992 - May, 1995; 1997 - 1998).

Mediation and Arbitration Experience

Certified as a mediator by the National Mediation Arbitration Services, Inc., and by the American Arbitration Association, (1991 - 1998).

National Mediation Arbitration Services, Inc. panel member on single-member panel arbitrations.

Court-appointed arbitrator by state courts in and out of Brazos County, Texas.

Instructor-trainer in mediation with National Mediation Academy, Dallas, Texas.

Certified as an arbitrator by the Better Business Bureau of America, 1987 - 1998; panel member on single-member and three-person panel arbitrations.

Selected as a mediator by the courts of Brazos County and by private litigants to mediate general civil and family law cases pending in local courts (1990 - 1998).

Selected as a mediator by District Court Judges in eight (8) counties adjacent to Brazos County to mediate general civil and family law cases (1991 - 1998).

Selected as a mediator by U. S. District Courts for the Southern District of Texas (1992 - 1998).

Collaborative Law Training and Memberships

2-day Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training by CLI-Tx, Ft Worth, May 23-24, 2013

9th Annual Civil Collaborative Law Training by CLI-Tx, Dallas, October 4, 2013

Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, member (2013 - present)

Global Collaborative Law Council, member

International Academy of Collaborative Law Professionals, member (2013 - present)

Brazos Valley Collaborative Law Alliance, Vice-President (2013 - present)

Publications

Authored, Designing Some Civility into Family Law Cases, Vol. , No. , In Chambers, pp. (Spring, 2004), the official publication for the Texas Center for the Judiciary.

Authored, A Refresher on Undue Influence, Vol. 28, No. 3, In Chambers, pp. 10 - 11 (Winter, 2001), the official publication for the Texas Center for the Judiciary.

Authored, Should Jurors Be Allowed To Pose Written Questions To Witnesses During Trial? Vol. 55, No. 11, Texas Bar Journal, 1020 - 1026 (November, 1992). This article was cited by the Court of Criminal Appeals in their Opinion in Morrison v. State, 845 S.W.2d 882 (Tex. Cr. App. 1992)(Concurring Opinion, at 890; Dissenting Opinion, at 900).

Co-authored, Reasonable Medical Probability In Texas, Vol. 49, No. 1, Texas Bar Journal, 12 - 19 (January, 1986) with J. Bradley Smith.

Authored To Certify or Not To Certify: A Question Among Mediators, for Alternative Dispute Resolutions, the Newsletter published by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Texas, 1994.

Authored, Justice Gone Awry: The Arrest and Trials of Jesus Christ (Wine Press Publishing, 1995).

Authored and designed mediation training materials for use in Texas high schools to teach both teachers and high school students about mediation -- a two-week block within the elective course called Teen Leadership, for The Leadership Education Foundation, and approved by the Texas Education Association, November - December, 1994.

Authored and designed family law mediation and general mediation training materials in use by the National Mediation Academy, Dallas, TX, 1993.

Co-authored Multi-Stage Probabilistic Information Processing, 10 Organizational Behavior and Human Performance Journal, 374 - 387 (1973), with Charles Getty and James Steiger while at the University of Oklahoma.

Papers Presented at Seminars

Gaffes, Goofs, and Guffaws -- Some Law on Summation, presented June , 2004, to the Brazos County Bar Association.

Attorney's Fees: The Why's and Why Not's Behind the Judge's Decision, presented May 16, 2003 to the Brazos County Bar Association.

Frankly, Voir Dire, I Don't Give a D**n (with Apologies to Gone With the Wind), presented August 16, 2002, to the Brazos County Bar Association.

When Is a Final Judgment Really Final? presented June 14, 2002, to the Deputy and District Clerks in Bryan, Texas.

Overview of the Texas Family Code, presented January 12, 2000, to the Dispute Resolution Center for Family Mediation Training/Certification in Bryan, Texas.

What Do the Judges Look For in Written Documents? presented January 21, 1999, at A View from the Bench, Seminar sponsored by St. Mary's University School of Law CLE.

How To Be More Persuasive During Mediation, presented January 21, 1999, at A View from the Bench, Seminar sponsored by St. Mary's University School of Law CLE.

Overview of a Minor in Possession of Alcohol, (including Top Ten Excuses For Being a MIP), presented November 20, 1996, to area-wide Justices of the Peace and Municipal Court Judges through the Office of Alcohol & Drug Education at Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas.

Bar Admissions

Licensed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1980

Licensed by the State of Texas, 1983.

Licensed to practice in the U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (New Orleans).

Licensed to practice in the U. S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (Cincinnati).

Licensed to practice in the federal district courts in the Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas.

Licensed to practice in the federal district courts in the Western District of Kentucky.

Professional Activities

Brazos County Juvenile Board (Board member, 1999 - 2005).

Lecturer, Blinn College, teaching American Government (2001 - 2005) (part-time).

Appointed to serve on the District 8-A Grievance Committee which hears and decides matters involving allegations of ethical violations by attorneys (1997-2000).

Appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas as Chief Disciplinary Counsel on behalf of the Commission on Lawyer Discipline to prosecute a disciplinary case against a Lufkin attorney in Angelina County, June, 1995.

Brazos County Bar Association (President, 1996-97; President-Elect, 1995-96; 2nd Vice President, 1994-95; Secretary/Treasurer, 1993-94).

Board of Directors, Brazos County Civil Legal Aid Referral, Inc. (1990 - 1995; Board Chair, 1994-1995).

Awards and Recognition

Awarded Air Force Commendation Medal (1975), and First Oak Leaf Cluster for heroism on the Arctic Circle, Alaska (1976).

One of the first three recipients of the Brazos County Bar Association's Pro Bono Award, June, 1990, in recognition of the hours spent serving the legal needs of the under-privileged without compensation.

Recipient of the Barbara Weathers Walker (Bar Association's) Pro Bono Award a second time, October, 1999 C the only lawyer in Brazos County to receive the award twice.

Selection as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, 1993, in recognition of those lawyers whose professional, public, and private career has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community, the traditions of the profession, and the maintenance and advancement of the objectives of the Texas Bar Foundation. Elected as a Life Fellow, 2001.

Presented the Award of Merit by the State Bar of Texas for 1996-97, as President of Brazos County Bar Association, in recognition of the most outstanding Bar Association in Texas for Class II (membership size between 110 - 220 members).

Selected as Distinguished Volunteer Citizen, by the African-American National Heritage Society, January, 2002.

Qualified for Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas by providing legal services to low-income citizens in Texas, 2007.

Other Professional Association Memberships

National Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (1999 - 2006)

Texas Association of County Court at Law Judges (1999 - 2006)

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow (1993 - 2000), Life Fellow (2001- present)

State Bar of Texas (Appellate, Family Law, Litigation, Real Estate & Probate Section memberships) (1983 - present)

Kentucky Bar Association (1980 - present)

Civic and Service Activities

Grace Bible Church, College Station (Board of Elders, 1999 - 2005; Deacon Board member, 1994 - 96).

Texas Prison Ministry, Wallace-Pack I and II, in Hempstead, TX (1994-96).

Commissioner, Planning & Zoning Commission, City of College Station (1988 - 92).

Appointed by City Councils of Bryan and College Station to the Landfill Site Selection Advisory Committee (1994-97).

Appointed by College Station City Council to the committee studying University Drive Corridor and co-authored report to City Council, 1991.

Board of Directors, Brazos Food Bank (1990-96; Treasurer, 1994-96).

Member, Leadership Brazos Class (1987-88).

National Youth Sports Coaches Association; Little League baseball and flag football coach (1988-92).

American Diabetes Association (Board of Directors, Local Chapter, 1984-85).

United States Air Force, honorably discharged as a Captain, (1973-1977).

Personal Data

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Wife of 37 years: Shelley (Cooper) Michel

2 children:
Mark (28), B.S. degree, Mechanical Engineering, from Penn State University; Sgt. U. S. Army (airborne infantry);
Natalie (23), B.A. degree, Family & Consumer Science, with minor in Early Childhood from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX.