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Michelle May O'Neil

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Michelle May O'Neil strives to provide clients with high-quality representation in a personalized atmosphere. She has over 22 years of experience representing men, women, and children 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!" Ms. O'Neil became a certified family law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1997 and has maintained her certification since that time. Representing clients in litigation before the trial court is an important part of her practice; also, family law appellate matters are a unique niche of Ms. O'Neil's practice. 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. Ms. O’Neil has been named to the list of Texas SuperLawyers in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, a peer-voted honor given to only about 5% of the lawyers in the state of Texas. She has also been recognized with an "A-V" peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directories for the highest quality legal ability and ethical standards. In 2014, Ms. O'Neil received the special honor of being names to the Texas SuperLawyers lists for Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, and Top 100 Lawyers in DFW. 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. 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.

  • Collin
  • Dallas
  • Denton
  • Tarrant

  • Appeals
  • Child Custody
  • Divorce
  • Marital Property Agreements
  • Modifications
  • Property Division
  • Third Party Rights Regarding Children
  • Visitation